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Summer theater camps

Two new theater camps culminating in productions for public audiences will be offered this summer.

"The Snow White Variety Show" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 7-9, will be offered by Tami Provencher Monday-Friday, July 8-19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers will learn and experience vocal and physical theater skills and techniques as they rehearse and perform "The Snow White Variety Show," a wild, fast-paced comedy. Snow White's famous story is told on the TV show "Real Talk with Fairytale Legends." At any given moment, the story can be anything - romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie. The play will be performed for the public on Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Students should bring a bag lunch each day. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 22.

Provencher directs for The Phipps Children's Theater, Lake Middle School and StageCoach Theatre Arts in St. Paul, where she is also the drama teacher. In addition, she has performed and taught in schools as part of a children's repertory company and as a theater and dance artist-in-residence in the five-state area with SteppingStone and Stages Theatres.

"The Snow Queen" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 5 and 6, will be offered by Charles Fraser Monday-Friday, July 22 through Aug. 2, 9 a.m.to noon each day. Campers will rehearse and perform a small production of "The Snow Queen." With joyful guidance, children will be encouraged to explore personal creativity, receive rigorous instruction on focus-building skills, and learn to work as an ensemble. A pizza party will follow the final Thursday class, just before the performance that afternoon. The play will be performed for the public on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 24.

Fraser is a teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater, Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and Saint Louis Park High School, as well as an adjunct professor at Concordia University.

New exhibitions in the Phipps Galleries

New exhibitions in The Galleries open Friday, May 10, and will be on view through June 16. They feature photography and mixed media installation by Laura Andrews and Erika Ritzel (both of Minneapolis), mixed media installation by Nicholas Kovatch (St. Paul), paintings and magical objects by C.B. Murphy (Marine on St. Croix, Minn.), mixed media installation by Kelly O'Brien (St. Paul), mixed media paintings by Samuel Robertson (Minneapolis), and alla prima oil paintings by Patty Voje (St. Paul). The opening reception for these exhibits on Friday, May 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Artists will be present and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

A reception for the Bird Migration Celebration, organized by Tropical Wings, will be held in conjunction with the opening reception for The Galleries exhibit. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, a silent auction, opportunities to interact with local education and conservation organizations, and a live raptor meet and greet. A program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater with keynote speaker Steve Betchkal, president of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society, and a performance of an original song by RiverCrest Elementary students. This event is free and open to the public.

Tropical Wings is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization composed of volunteers supporting education and conservation for neotropical migratory birds through the Sister Parks Agreement between national parks in the Upper Midwest and Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.

The Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The center will be closed May 25-27 for Memorial Day.

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