Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion.

For 20 years, the Triumvirate Theatre has spent part of its summer educating kids about the stage.

This week, the Kenai-area drama organization is teaching its drama camp for kids at the Soldotna Public Library. Joe Rizzo, the president of the theatre group, said the camp was one of the first things the theater company did when it were first established in 1998.

“We are just a tiny little organization and most of us on the board are school teachers,” Rizzo said.”We would use the schools in the summer to do those drama camps.”

As the group grew, the theater expanded to a new location in Soldotna and then to where they are located now, five miles north of Kenai.

Over the years, Rizzo said the drama camp teaches the same core skills of theater: team building, projection, stage positions and more.

For the first time, Rizzo’s daughter Carlee Rizzo will be teaching the summer camp.

This summer, the camp is working on a fairytale performance, featuring the classic Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood stories.

“We’re working with these kids, and teaching them all about stage construction, and more,” Carlee Rizzo said. “We’re having a lot of fun.”

Carlee Rizzo, a Nikiski High School student, is teaching both sessions of the camp. The first session is currently in full swing, while the second session runs July 9– 20 at the Soldotna Public Library. The sessions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The camp is designed for children in third grade and older and costs $395.

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