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Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association presents Summer Youth Workshops & Performances at Depot Lane Theater:

 Visit Scandinavia through Music, Theater, and Dance!

The following news release is provided by the SCHA

Registration is open for the 16th annual Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane Theater in Schoharie. The 2017 programs will focus on Scandinavian culture through songs, folk stories, dance, classical and traditional instrumental music, and staged performances.

The first program in July will feature Scandinavia in Folk Tales, Song, & Dance, a vocal music and theater camp that will be directed by Middleburgh Central School music teacher SaraJane Cipperly with assistant director Niamh Schmid. Cipperly has worked with the summer program since 2007, and Schmid has been both a student and intern in the camps for 10 years.

Dancing master Paul Rosenberg and fiddler George Wilson will also work with students this summer, teaching traditional Scandinavia dances. The camp workshops will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during the week of July 10-15, with performances on Friday the 14th at 6 p.m., and Saturday the 15th at 4 p.m., followed at 5 p.m. by traditional Scandinavian folk dancing.

Audience members are welcome to join in the dances! Children entering grades 2-6 who attend this camp will be able to work with giant and troll puppets, as well as learn live theater, vocal music, and dance techniques. Limited to 14 students.

The second workshop series will feature Scandinavian Plays & Playwrights and students in grades 7-12 attending this camp will work with director Paul Lamar, who has worked with the summer program since 2008, both directing and adapting or writing original shows with student participation. Niamh Schmid will also be assistant director for this camp.

The camp provides an immersive experience in both writing and performance, using improvisation to create unique opportunities for students to develop skills for the stage. Working with Lamar again this year, is Matt O’Hare, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PhD student in Electronic Arts.

O’Hare will bring his creative multimedia skills to the workshops, teaching students to creatively use sound and images to enhance performances. He has been the Resident Video Artist at CONNECT (Human Pitch), Brooklyn, NY; Artist-In-Residence, at The Builders Association, New York, NY; Sound Intern, Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, NY; Designer-In-Residence, Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI; Sound Engineering Intern at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA; and Designer-In-Residence at The Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY.

This program will be one of our most exciting programs to-date!

The Scandinavian Plays & Playwrights workshops series will begin on Sunday, July 23rd, and run through Friday, July 28th, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with performances at 6PM on the 28th and 29th at Depot Lane Theater. The performance on July 29th will be followed by Scandinavian desserts.

In addition to openings for 12 student actors, we will also have two internships for students interested in working on sets, lights and/or assisting Mr. O’Hare on the technical aspects of this multimedia production. Please contact Dr. Lillian Spina-Caza, the program’s Artistic Director at if you have a student interested in multimedia and/or theater production who would like to intern with us this summer!

The third and final program in August – Scandinavia in Music & Dance – will be directed by Schoharie Central School band teacher Jessica Gould with SaraJane Cipperly and Niamh Schmid the week of the 7th-12th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

This camp will introduce both classical and traditional Scandinavian arrangements to students who will learn about the different Scandinavian countries and cultures through instrumental music and dance. Scandinavian folk dance workshops with dancing master Paul Rosenberg and fiddler George Wilson – as well as dance music workshops led by George Wilson – will also be held during the week.

 Students in grades 7 to 12 (or by permission of instructor) are invited to attend. The camp is open to 25 students who must be proficient on a musical instrument. Workshops will be held the week of August 7th-11th from 11 a.m-4 p.m.

Performances will be Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August 12th, at 6 p.m.  at the Depot Lane Theater in Schoharie and at the CE building behind the Schoharie United Presbyterian Church on Main Street, Schoharie, respectively. Saturday’s performance will be followed by folk dancing with music by fiddler George Wilson and guitarist Peter Davis. Members of the audience members are invited to join in the dances!

The summer youth program at Depot Lane is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund, and with private donations. The registration deadline for the programs is July 1st, 2017.

Students must be registered to take part in the program. Youth who are registered for workshops must be available for all performances. The summer program workshops at Depot Lane Theater are free; however, a $10.00 deposit is required to register and reserve a space.

While we try to accommodate as many youth as possible, space is limited, so be sure to register early. When registering, please provide student’s name and age, parent or guardian contact information, including a telephone number and address, and which workshop(s) student will attend.

Registration can be done through the mail by sending student’s information to: SCHA Youth Program, P.O. Box 554, Schoharie, NY 12157. Checks can be made out to SCHA with the notation “Summer Youth Program.”

Visit our website at for our complete schedule. We also welcome volunteer assistance from teens and adults interested in working on makeup, costumes, sets, and staging as volunteers with our summer programs.

Please let us know if you are interested by contacting Dr. Lillian Spina-Caza, Artistic Director of the Summer Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane at: .





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