Bottle Works

Summer camp participants can learn about the history of drum, dance and the songs of Africa during African Drum, Dance & Celebration Aug. 5-9 at Bottle Works in Cambria City.

Bottle Works is bringing the performing arts to its summer camps.

The Cambria City arts facility and Cresson Lake Playhouse have formed a partnership, providing performing arts opportunities and experiences to youngsters in the Greater Johnstown area.

Beginning with a theater camp June 25-29, children can attend a learning experience led by professional teaching artists from Cresson Lake Playhouse.

“We are excited to collaborate with Cresson Lake Playhouse, and to add performing arts to the broad slate of arts education opportunities in our Lifelong Learning Initiative,” said Melody Tisinger, Bottle Works’ program operations manager.

“When you are a performer, it builds confidence, and we want them to be confident in themselves.”

Cresson Lake Playhouse is a community theater located in Loretto with a rich 40-plus year history.

Its mission is to provide entertaining theater at an affordable price, while providing educational and performing opportunities for children and adults.

“We are thrilled to begin this partnership with the Bottle Works,” said Paul Seymour, artistic director at Cresson Lake Playhouse.

“We have a strong theater and educational program, and we are excited to bring it to other individuals in the surrounding areas. We anticipate many future opportunities for the public through this unique collaboration.”

The Center Stage workshop will offer children an opportunity to study theater arts, develop valuable life skills and improve acting, singing and movement skills.

The camp will be split into two groups – the “Early Stage” for children in grades 2 to 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, and the “Teen Stage” for students in grades 6 to 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The workshop will culminate in a free public performance – a demonstration of the participants’ workshop accomplishments – at 11 a.m. June 29 at the Bottle Works.

“We’re excited to offer this and we look forward to doing other projects and events with Cresson Lake Playhouse,” Tisinger said.

The cost is $130 per student.

To register, call Cresson Lake Playhouse at 814-472-4333.

The theater camp is the first of seven additional summer art camps that will be offered at the Bottle Works.

“There is a statistic that when kids are involved in culturally enriching things, they become a more rounded human being, more empathetic, and they learn how to problem solve at a higher level,” Tisinger said.

“With these camps, they are not only sharpening a skill, but they are learning about different cultures.”

Other camps include:

• Adventures in Art – July 8-12 for ages 6 to 12 – will allow children to discover how art plays a major role in nature.

• WOW, Did You See That? Anime, Illustration & Installation – July 15-19 for ages 6 to 12 – will explore how popular culture influences the art world.

• PAINTastic – July 23-27 for ages 6 to 12 – will give youngsters the opportunity to experiment with paint.

• Mini Masters Art – July 19-Aug. 2 for ages 6 to 12 – participants will learn how to create like a famous artist, exploring Impressionism, Expressionism, Art Nouveau and Fauvism.

• African, Drum, Dance & Celebration, – Aug. 5-9 for ages 6 to 12 – will have campers immersed in the rich history of drum, dance and the songs of Africa.

• The End of Summer Bash – Aug. 12-16 for ages 6 to 12 – participants and camp instructors will team up to create wild and wacky fun.

• Mega Master Art – July 15-19 for teens and adults – will have participants creating art projects based on the techniques and styles of master artists.

“We want our camps to be progressive, show inclusiveness and be able to show all the ranges of art,” Tisinger said.

Cost is $150 per week for members and $155 for nonmembers.

Bottle Works’ Junior Artist Discount is available by signing up for four or more weeks of camp at the cost of $140 per week for members and $145 for nonmembers.

Payment is due when registering for camp. Scholarships are available.

To register or for a full description of camps, call 814-535-2020 or visit

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.