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OPAC youth theatre camp, yoga and stunt classes coming up

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Maria Kowch
Maria Kowch

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center has a trio of events coming up for those seeking to learn something new or hone a skill this summer.

Space is still available for children ages 7 and up in the June 20 – July 16 Rising Stars Summer Theatre Camp.

This year’s production will be “The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers’ Edition.” Cost is $100 and includes a t-shirt, Love Note, two free performance tickets, and a meal for each participant on performance days. Rehearsals begin Monday, and performance dates are set for July 15-16.

Conductors of two upcoming classes at the OPAC will also be participating in the camp. Maria Kowch, professional choreographer, will run a warmup dance combination on the first day of camp for participating children. Brian Connelly, Screen Actors Guild stuntman and director, will work with the young actors during Week 2 of the camp on pratfalls and a short combination of physical comedy.

Kowch will instruct a drop-in, lunchtime yoga class at 12:10 p.m. Monday at the OPAC designed for all skill levels. Cost is $2, and participants are invited to spend the lunch hour releasing some of the stress of everyday jobs and responsibilities.

Kowch resides with her husband, Randy, and two children in the Phoenix, Ariz., area and has an extensive résumé, which includes choreography and performances for major cruise lines, theme parks, and USO tours. Due to unique circumstances with her family, she became involved with out-of-the-box movement techniques, spurring her new passion: aerial/acro yoga.

Brian Connelly
Brian Connelly

Connelly will be hosting upcoming “Intro to Stunts” and “Flips and Throws” classes at the OPAC, followed by a more intense, two-day workshop in Roswell. Dates have yet to be determined.

Connelly hails from Chicago, Ill., and recently moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. He has taught master classes in stunt work for films, music videos and theatre. His clients include Buffalo Wild Wings, TV’s “Chicago Code,” and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

To register or for more information on any of these three events, call the OPAC at 746-


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