Monday, September 3, 2012

Children's Committee Meeting

The Missoula Children's Theater (MCT) week-long summer camp program was
sponsored by The Court House Players (CHP) beginning in 2001. The need for
more youth involvement in CHP was apparent and a Children's Program
Committee was formed with a primary goal to inspire a respect for live
theater and to attract the local youth. This goal was to be reached by
mentoring new young members in both behind the scenes and in front of the
curtain in a live theater production in the hopes that they will continue to
participate in CHP's future endeavors.

The first camp was held in Mathews County at Thomas Hunter Middle School and
the response from all three adjacent counties was overwhelming. Not only did
the young actors get the experience of intense rehearsals in a theater
setting with live performances, but they participated in Court House Players
run workshops. These workshops were given by experienced members of CHP in
areas of theater such as improvisation, stage direction and movement. With a
limit of 64 young people per week-long camp, there was always a waiting list
and it was very obvious that the community enjoyed it year after year. The
committee located available parents from each of the three counties
(Gloucester, Mathews, & Middlesex) to organize and agree to be on-site
coordinators which permitted the MCT program to expand, and was even
sometimes conducted twice each summer in the same county.

Unable to locate enough volunteers to coordinate and oversee the week-long
camps, CHP had to eliminate the MCT program from the 2012 summer season. We
have had many phone calls, messages and word-of-mouth communication
expressing the disappointment of parents and community members for not
having the MCT program available this year. As one of the founding members
of the CHP MCT summer camps, I have agreed to volunteer again as the
Committee Chair to resurrect the summer camp for 2013. But it cannot be done
without adult volunteers to assist with the participant registration
process, as week-long on-site coordinators, workshop leaders, and back-stage
helpers. It takes ten volunteers to assist in some capacity for each
week-long summer camp.

Our goal for 2013 is to hold one week in each Mathews and Middlesex County;
that means we will need at least twenty volunteers. The on-site coordinators
need to be available for one week from Monday through Saturday. The weekday
times are usually from 9 am until 4 pm, or until the last participant is
picked up!

If you are interested in joining the committee to bring back MCT, or are
interested in volunteering during a 2013 week-long summer camp, please call
Lynn Jaeger, Children's Program Committee Chair at 804-725-3414 or email

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thanks For Your Support

A while ago we asked you all to review our organization, and the reviews we have received so far are absolutely glowing (Click Here To Seem Them)!  We just wanted to take the time to thank our volunteers, donors, the public and our board members for your continued support. The Court House Players would not be what it is today with out you all.

Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, 2012
All of your support has lead to the production of 102 comedies, dramas, murder mysteries and musicals and 35 Missoula Children's Theater camps to date.  All the while affecting the lives of thousands of patrons in Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond.

 If you are someone who is considering getting involved with CHP or any community theater group here are some interesting tidbits of information for you to think upon.

Music Man, 2009
“Readers and arts participants are more than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.”
~ National Endowment for the Arts

“Students who receive 4 or more years of arts influence in education outperformed non-arts students on the SAT. The scores showed that arts students scored 59 points higher in verbal and 44 points higher in math than
non-arts students.”
~ College Entrance Examination Board

“By every other measure, arts participants are more physically active.”
~ National Endowment for the Arts

“Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.”
~ U.S Department of Education

“The research suggests the opportunity to perform may be a powerful tool to help overcome fears and see that they can succeed.”
~ National Assembly of State Art Agencies

If you have any questions about what we do or how you can get involved please don't hesitate to ask! Email call us (804-725-0474) anytime! If our schedule doesn't work with yours, try back later! In the meantime here is a list of other theater groups in the area in which you could get involved in: Peninsula Community Theater, Poquoson Island Players, The Williamsburg Players, Lancaster Players, Ferguson Center for the Arts and The Westmoreland Players.

We hope to see you around, and keep the reviews of CHP on coming!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Arts in Education

Every wonder about the benefits of the Arts in education and in every day life?  Click on this link to find a little bit about why we think everyone should be involved in the arts!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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