BROOKSVILLE, Fla .– Every day, up to 250 people can dance, sing and perform at Live Oak Theater Company Summer Camps in Brooksville.
In one room, the students learn the choreography of the dance, in the next, they fight on stage, while down the hall, they sing the words of Sound of Music. And don’t forget the improvisation class which takes place outside.
“Anyone can come in if they have the desire and a very good attitude,” said President Randi Olsen. “Basically our goal is to fill every square inch of this building with performance art instructions. “
The Live Oak Theater Company has come a long way since its first roots in 2008.
“We would basically set up in a church gymnasium and then destroy everything after three weekends of performances,” said Olsen.
The association moved into their new home on Cortez Boulevard in 2018. Olsen wanted to create a place where families can perform together.
“So we thought if it could become a family event then here’s some quality time with parents and kids, I feel like it builds relationships,” Olsen said.
For many of these students, Live Oak has been an outlet for creativity and a building block for social development.
“It helps me a lot to be more confident and you can just put on this show, it’s pretend for a few hours and it’s really magical,” Alannah Allocco said.
“I dream of being on Broadway, for sure, that’s my biggest dream,” Emma Day said.
However, if you don’t feel like being in the spotlight, that’s fine too.
“We’ll teach you how to handle the lighting or the sound, I still need help with the costumes,” Olsen said. “There is a home here for anyone who wants to get involved. “
Most of these summer camps ultimately lead to live performances on stage in front of an audience. They have six shows scheduled for the 2021/2022 season.
For more information on upcoming camps and shows, visit Liveoaktheatre.org.