Music Director Named for Drama Camp 2020
The Pinewood Players Drama Camp Steering Committee is proud to announce that Sandra Dyke has accepted the position of Music Director for Drama Camp 2020.
Sandra determined at an early age that music would be an important factor in her life. Her first vocal solo at age 12 sealed the deal. She pursued her music career and earned a degree in Voice and Music Education from the University of Louisville. Sandra lived her commitment to music as a junior high choir director for 27 years before moving into administration and later serving as a school principal. She also shared her talent and love of music throughout her life volunteering as a church choir director and youth handbell director in several Phoenix area churches. She has directed annual musicals and cantatas including an adaptation of “The Wizard of OZ,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Since her retirement Sandra has become a regular on the Pinewood Playhouse stage in recent years including her portrayal of Sammy Jo in “Southern Fried Funeral” in 2018 and her brilliant performance as Claire in last season’s “A Delicate Balance.” She also found time to perform in the Pinewood Country Club’s Mystery Dinner Theater last June.
We cannot wait to experience her collaboration with award winning children’s theater director Dale Nakagawa on next year’s block buster Drama Camp production, to be announced very soon.
Please join us in welcoming Sandra to our Drama Camp 2020 staff. This is shaping up to be an exceptional season. And why not? We will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pinewood Players and the 19th consecutive year of our Drama Camp tradition. We expect this to be a season to remember!
If you have children or grandchildren between the ages of 7 and 18 please enable and encourage them to participate in this landmark camp and production. A professional award winning director coupled with a professional music director in a real theater venue with professional sound and lighting systems and theater seating will be an experience of a lifetime for your child or grandchild. Don’t let this opportunity escape! Give them the memory of a lifetime! Pre-registration information will be sent out soon! Sign up to insure a spot for your child or grandchild!
Award Winning Director Dale Nakagawa Named to Direct Camp
Pinewood Players is continuing their 18 year tradition of providing opportunities for the youth of the community to learn about and participate in live theater in a real theater venue with professional grade sound, lighting, experienced support staff and outstanding staging capabilities. Add professional directing and a blockbuster production to the mix and it becomes a guaranteed formula for a unique and rewarding experience for our campers.
The 2020 Pinewood Players Drama Camp represents the 19th consecutive year of service to the youth community of Munds Park. It is scheduled to begin on June 24 and will run through July 12 with performances on July 10, 11 and 12. The production title will be announced as soon as licensing agreements are finalized.
Pinewood Players is excited to announce that award winning children’s theater director Dale Nakagawa of the Greasepaint Children’s Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona will direct the Pinewood Players Drama Camp in 2020. Dale has a long resume of children’s theater directing credits and accomplishments including “Alice in Wonderland Jr” for which he won the National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Directing. His productions of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seussical” were also nominated for the National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Directing and for Outstanding Overall Production. Dale’s directing and choreography credits are too numerous to mention but some of his other children’s theater works include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Oliver” and “You’re a Good Man, Charley Brown.” In addition to his work at the Greasepaint Children’s Theater, Dale has directed and choreographed productions in the valley for Desert Foothills Youth Theater, East Valley Children’s Theater, Scottsdale Community Players and Fountain Hills Community Theater. His resume comprises many other productions in California, Oregon and Hawaii as well as Arizona. Munds Park residents will remember Dale from his Pinewood Players Drama Camp production of “Wipe Out” in 2017 and his unforgettable production of “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” in 2018.
In the 2020 season Pinewood Players will be celebrating their 30th anniversary of entertaining the Munds Park community with live theater performances and providing opportunities to participate in and learn about various aspects of live theater. The Pinewood Players Drama Camp is a long-standing tradition in the community recognized for providing these opportunities to the youth of the community in an environment of fun and camaraderie that builds life-long friendships and an appreciation for the performing arts. Pinewood Players also awards scholarships annually to deserving students who have attended at least two Pinewood Players Drama Camps and meet the academic and other program criteria.
Pinewood Players drama camps are open to all kids in the community ages 7 through 18. The Pinewood Players Drama Camp Steering Committee will be sending information to Pinewood Players members and previous drama camp participants during the winter regarding next summer’s camp. Information and registration forms will also be available to download from the Pinewood Players web site at www.pinewoodplayers.com once the 2020 forms are released.
The 2020 Pinewood Players Drama Camp will be a very unique opportunity for the youth of Munds Park to experience professional direction in a true theater venue providing an unequaled opportunity for kids to have fun and build friendships while they are learning about the performing arts. If you have kids or grand kids who would enjoy a summer camp experience, meeting new friends and having fun learning about the performing arts, please encourage their participation. Some of our former campers have called their drama camp experiences “life changing.” Stay tuned for information updates and for the big announcement of the production title very soon.