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Paramount Arts Center camps begin on Monday

ASHLAND — Children and teens looking to further themselves creatively while school is out will get a chance starting Monday as the Paramount Arts Center launches its annual summer arts camps.

The three-week session will run until July 19, beginning with one session, followed by a week break, then the final two weeks of camp, Melanie Cornelison-Janotta, education director for the camps said.

The centerpiece will be the two-week production camp, starting on July 8, open to ages 7-18.

“It gives them the opportunity to find the full experience that goes into a show,” she said.

Those enrolled will learn about everything from auditions, to stage design, to costumes and the camp will culminate with a performance of “Freaky Friday,” on stage at 6 p.m. July 26 for the public. Admission to watch the show will be free.

In addition to the production camp, Cornelison-Janotta said they would offer visual arts, drawing, dance and themed courses.

“We have one that uses a beach theme and they will make arts and crafts using that theme,” she said.

She said there would also be offerings for preschool students, ranging from creative movement to arts and crafts.

She said the first week will offer something different this year, with a mixture experience, in which those enrolled can experience a bit of everything, from drawing to dance.

Cornelison-Janotta said they are still taking sign-ups until the first day of the courses and that scholarships are available.

Those interested can call 606-324-0007 or visit www.paramountartscenter.com.