Inventing scary characters gives kids skills: Merrigong Theatre

Alex Yecies, 9, takes part in a dancing detective game as part of a creativity program at Civic Plaza. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Alex Yecies, 9, takes part in a dancing detective game as part of a creativity program at Civic Plaza. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Imagination, multimedia and storytelling are all part of Merrigong Theatre Company's Creativity Camp school holiday program.

This week, kids are attending the horror movie podcast and monster house five-day camps.

The camps are designed to engage children's practical and imaginative skills in a fun way.

The kids learn from a professional tutor from the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and Big Fat Smile.

"I am always so surprised with how innovative and creative kids can be because they are not self-conscious," ATYP facilitator Grace Partridge said.

"The camps allow the kids to highlight their talents and helps them come out of their shells," Big Fat Smile facilitator Melinda Evans said.

Children aged five to seven will hear some scary stories, invent monsters and create their own living, breathing monster house from craft and music.

Eight to 10-year-olds will be introduced to sound effects and how they are used to enhance storytelling.

Several of the children said they loved getting to act and play games.

"It is fun because we learn how to do a show and we make friends," Jack Knight, 8, said.

Both groups also get to see a performance of Earworms staged by theatre group The Listies.

The children's work will be shown on Friday at the Gordon Theatre.

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