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.