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AUGUST 15th-19th, 2022 at Knox Presbyterian Church
AGE: 8-16


Over a week-long period, enthusiastic young performers, ages
8-16, will learn advanced drama, dance, music and script creation techniques from local industry professionals. This unique camp is especially designed for children of all performance levels and experience, and heavily focuses on collaboration, teamwork and confidence-building. 
Your child will have ample opportunity to express their passion for the performing arts alongside likeminded individuals, while working together to create an all-encompassing theatrical production to highlight their newfound skills and authentic self! 

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Monday, August 15th from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 16th from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Wednesday, August 17th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Thursday, August 18th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Friday, August 19th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm (PERFORMANCE DAY!)

Knox Presbyterian Church
(132 Argyle St. North. Cambridge, Ont.) 

$500.00 | Payments may be broken into installments. The first payment is due on Monday, August 15th.


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Lori Robinson Distel | Drama 

(She/Her) | Penny & Pound co-founder and artistic director, Lori Distel has been active in the theatre community for many years. As an instructor and youth coordinator for the Cambridge Community Players (CCP), she oversees five youth-based programs, working with children aged 4-18, teaching everything from theatre basics to advanced musical theatre. In 2004, Lori co-founded NovaStage, a semi-professional theatre company whose mandate was to produce original works from emerging playwrights. An actor, director and composer, Lori's resume consists of productions such as Sylvia (for which she won a CCP Special Adjudicator's Award), The Mousetrap, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell and, most recently, she directed and performed in Doubt, A Parable with Cambridge Community Players, which earned five nominations and two awards from the Western Ontario Drama League. Lori was also the recipient of the 2013 Cambridge Cultural Award/Bernice Adams Memorial Award in the category of Performing Arts. Lori has composed the score for two original musical, A Nightingale Sang (2019) and most recently, Curiouser (2021/2022.)
Lori worked professionally as a jazz singer for years, headlining bands such as 'The Lori Distel Trio' and 'Standard Time.' She's trained in theatre arts, voice and music for the past forty years.


Sabatino Vacca | Music

(He/Him) | Sabatino Vacca is a versatile arranger writing in various styles and for ensembles big and small. His arrangements for the multi-media presentation "Children of a Vanished World" produced by Judy Kopelow as a commemoration to the children of the Holocaust were performed in Hamilton, Toronto, and Waterloo.  It was also performed at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and at the University of California at Santa Barbara as part of their Arts and Lectures Series.
He also completed arrangements for Quartetto Gelato’s Christmas CD.
Sabatino has also arranged for the crossover female trio group ViVA.
Sabatino Vacca is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Chorus Master of the newly formed Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (SOLO). He has been the Music Director of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 2007, and helped found the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. Sabatino is the recipient of the Spirit of Ontario Award for the Arts by the National Congress of Italian Canadians. He has been inducted into the Alumni Gallery at McMaster University.

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Julian Lam | Dance

(He/She/They) | Julian Lam is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist fervently searching for more stories to expand mindsets and narratives in the 20th century. A biracial member of the LGBTQ community, after graduating from Randolph College For The Performing Arts he found a deep devotion to uplifting diverse artistic voices in the Canadian industry. Through his role as Artistic Director with the R.C.C. he worked diligently to finish the creation of the collective's inaugural work, The Boy With The Blue Umbrella as well as a plethora of other projects planned for their season. Harnessing multiple disciplines he is working to create and tell stories with any and all artistic mediums he can use to move and share empathy.

Piper J. Distel | Script Writing

(She/Her) | Piper J. Distel is a multidisciplinary theatre artist, educator and playwright. has been an active member of the theatre An active member of the theatre community- both regional and professional- since 2008, Piper has appeared in over fifty theatrical productions across South-Western Ontario. As a theatre educator, Piper has taught Dramatic Arts classes for children and young adult performers at The Cambridge Arts Theatre, and currently teaches at The Cambridge Centre for the Arts. In 2014, Piper had the honour of being the youngest ever recipient of The Bernice Adams (Cambridge Cultural Award) for Outstanding Youth in the Arts.
Piper's new musical, CURIOUSER- which tells of the early life of Lewis Carroll and celebrates neurodivergence in the arts scene- recently premiered at The Cambridge Arts Theatre to rave reviews, and will be returning in partnership with The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in July 2022.




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