The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

July 26, 2013

Central Christian embraces theatre for kids camp

“Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.� in production

ANDERSON — Rich in cultural traditions and history and bursting at the seams with great music, “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.” makes fertile territory for Central Christian Church’s summer youth arts camp.

While other churches host Vacation Bible Schools to keep kids engaged in a fun way during the summer, Central Christian looks to theatre.

“It’s kind of a natural thing for us,” said the Rev. Rick Vale, senior pastor at Central Christian Church. He, along with a number of others in the church, has background in theatre and ties to Anderson’s Mainstage Theatre.

“It’s obviously an outpouring of who I am with my love of theatre and the church,” said Vale, who started the program in 2009. The two-week evening camp centers on a theatrical production and engages kids in drama, music, dancing, set and costume design. Along the way, they pick up on Bible precepts, history and culture. The program is known as C.A.M.P., an acronym for Central Art, Music and Parables.

Kids from second grade through high school participate for the entire two weeks, which started July 22. Kids ages 4 through first grade participate for the second week only, starting July 29.

Each year, the arts camp selects a play that makes a good fit with the church while being fun for the kids.

“We try to pick one with spiritual stability,” said Vale. He especially likes “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.” In his career as a thespian, Vale has played almost every male role in the play.

“It’s good entertainment. Great music. Great story. And just enough foreign that it’s interesting,” said Vale. He noted, “It’s great for kids, too.”

Messy things

Jayna Friend is directing this year’s C.A.M.P. production. Friend is no stranger to theatre. She has been involved with Mainstage for more than 20 years, including directing productions there. She’s enthusiastic about “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.”

Text Only
Local Education
  • FEA - HB0728 - Fresh Orientation - SH Elwood freshmen learn the ways of high school through mentoring program About half the 112 incoming freshmen at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School got a jump on their friends recently by attending a freshman orientation session. Joan Mercer, an English teacher who helped organize the the orientation, said the mentor program, which has been in place for several years, has been effective in new students make the high school transition.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0727 - Teacher Blessing - 13 Church's donation a blessing for teachers Thirty teachers attended the second annual Blessings for Teachers on Saturday at Anderson First Baptist Church.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 24th Back-to-School parade and picnic on Aug. 2 The 24th annual Ollie H. Dixon Back-to-School parade and picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, in conjunction with the Anderson Parks Department.

    July 26, 2014

  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vaughan, Nancy Madison County grad rates and test scores improve, but still lag state High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide