MoCo Arts to present C.A.K.E. Festival Week

  • The finale of C.A.K.E. Festival Week 2018. Photo by Katie Day

Published: 7/18/2019 9:55:51 AM

The stage is set for MoCo Arts’ annual week-long celebration of the arts, C.A.K.E. Festival Week. Presented by Creative Arts at Keene Summer Camp, Festival Week begins on Monday, July 22 and runs through Saturday, July 27. Each day of Festival Week will include a different creative arts event featuring the work of campers in grades 3-12. The week builds to a climactic end with the two main events being C.A.K.E. Festival Day at The Colonial Theatre on Thursday, July 25 at 4 p.m., and the C.A.K.E. Musical Theatre Senior Class production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” at The Founder’s Theatre at MoCo Arts on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Creative Arts at Keene (C.A.K.E.) is MoCo Arts’ award-winning multi-arts summer camp in downtown Keene. Campers explore the arts by choosing their own classes in visual arts, creative writing, dance, theatre, music, technical theatre, video production and more. Camp runs for four weeks, this year from July 1-27 and culminates in Festival Week where all camper work produced over the course of camp is put on display. The schedule for this year’s Festival Week is quite different than previous years and includes several opportunities to support aspiring young artists and arts education.

■Monday, July 22 at 6 p.m. in The Founder’s Theatre at MoCo Arts campers in the One Act Play Senior Class will present An Exploration – a serious examination of human connections, emotions and relationships presented through a collection of scenes from various bodies of work. Featuring campers in grades 6-12, the play is rated PG-13, and is free and open to the public.

■Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in The Founder’s Theatre at MoCo Arts campers in the Musical Theatre Junior Class will present A ‘Jukebox Style’ Musical – an original production written by the campers in the class, assisted and inspired by their teacher. Featuring campers in grades 3-5, this event is free and open to the public.

■Wednesday, July 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. is the Festival Eve Art Gala at MoCo Arts. This event will showcase all of the visual arts created by campers in a gallery style exhibition, and a cabaret style musical performance. The cooking classes will provide some homemade treats during the gala as well, showcasing what they’ve learned with some creative and mouth-watering recipes. This event is free and open to the public.

■Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. is C.A.K.E. Festival Day at The Colonial Theatre. Campers who participated in any of the many performing arts classes during camp will have the opportunity to share their work in music production, singing, dance and theatre. Tickets for Festival Day are $5 and are available at The Colonial Theatre box office, (603) 352-2033, and at MoCo Arts, (603) 357-2100.

The week ends with the C.A.K.E. Musical Theatre Senior Class production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. in The Founder’s Theatre at MoCo Arts. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, “Matilda” is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. “Matilda” will be performed by campers in grades 6-12. Tickets are $10 and are available at MoCo Arts, 40 Roxbury St. in Keene, or by calling (603) 357-2100.

For more information, visit www.moco.org.


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