Explore Summer Fun For All With ECS

Arts, sports, STEM and more

Since 1974, Cave Creek Unified School District Education & Community Services (ECS) has offered inspiring, creative, engaging and educational workshops and classes in a wide variety of programs for all ages — and the legacy continues this summer.

In the performing arts, explore theater and dance choices for elementary students (90-minute block classes in June and a three-hour block in July) at Desert Willow: “Taking the Stage” and “Theatrical Adventures” with Lisa Barzano; Desert Foothills Theater (DFT) Creative Kid’s Camp “Monsters are Friends Too!”; “Camp Broadway” with Kevin Glenn, a new singing and acting workshop focusing on Broadway songs; and the Hip-Hop, Happy Feet Camp in July.

Performing arts choices at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center include DFT’s Musical Theater Camp “Once Upon a Crime,” and an intensive High School Performing Arts Workshop, incorporating dance and theater with Andrew Cupo and Haley Vago.

Visual arts at the elementary level include 3D Art “Imaginative Places and Fantasy Creatures,” Imagination Station “Famous Artists’ Studios,” and “Stitch It Up!,” plus drawing, painting, mixed media classes “Young Rembrandts” and “Mindfulness & Art.”

The ECS Kids Club is in full swing with the summer theme “A Trip Around the World,” featuring hands-on learning segments reflective of other cultures: Italy, Australia, Jamaica, Egypt, United States, France, China and Russia. Activities include science, active games, art, clubhouse, music, cooking, special events, movies and field trips.

Child’s Play Preschool (established in 1988) offers STEM curriculum, Cause and Effect Science, and Frog Street Sing and Read. A kindergarten readiness class, Kinder Prep, is offered to those students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018.

There are sports offerings galore, like Sports Rock Camp, karate, Arizona Athletics Basketball, yoga, tennis, martial arts, wrestling and more.

Other popular summer options include Robotics Camp, Bonanza Lego®, “Escape the Room” Math Camp, Rosetta Stone, Ramp Up Reading, Reading Rangers Book Club — Adventures in Survival and Book Club — Choosing Kind, Study Skills, Supplemental Math (a course which earns .5 high school credit), and more.

ECS teen and adult workshops from the Foothills Arts Academy of the Sonoran Arts League include painting, “What the Hue?!,” and watercolor, “Beyond the Hue,” workshops by Robin Ray, and Digital Photography with Bob Grebe.

For those who are looking for creative inspiration in other pursuits, there are culinary classes for teens and adults, like “Chocolate Making” and Unified Culinary Arts. Elementary students may enjoy “The Spanish Kitchen” with Hayden Ballestursos, Nancy Gervasio’s “Street Food Factory” and “Around the World in One Kitchen.”

A 24-page summer catalogue is available online or in print at the front office of Cave Creek Schools and the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Visit www.ecsforall.org for information and registration. Learn more at www.ccusd93.org.

DFT Fundraiser To Feature Seth Rudetsky

Big-Fat-BroadwayDesert Foothills Theater (DFT), a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, is bringing Sirius/XM radio’s Seth Rudetsky to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale, for a special show, “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show” at 7:30pm, Sunday, October. 25. The special fundraising event features Seth RudetskyRudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions” in which he uses his audio/video collection to break down performances from Broadway divas such as Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley. He will also showcase mind-boggling videos, like The Osmonds singing a medley from Fiddler On the Roof or Cher performing all of West Side Story.

Tickets range from $45 to $60. For information, call 480.488.1981 or visit www.dftheater.org.

Prominent Artists in Residency Summer Program

Performances held at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

For more than 25 years, one of the most unique summer programs in the Valley has offered students the chance to participate in the development and production of an original work of art. The C. Nicholas Johnson’s Performing Arts Residency is a creative performing arts program that brings students into the heart of a production, while learning or refining theatrical movement, dance, acting, mime, lighting, props, wardrobe and make-up.

This year, the Residency is divided into age-appropriate theatrical workshops:
June 4-15: Carnival of the Animals (Grades K- 3 and Grades 4-6) $150
June 4-15: Advanced Performing Arts Residency (Grades 6-12) $300

Performances of Carnival of the Animals take place on the Main Stage of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on Saturday, June 16 at 3pm and 7pm. The Stagecraft Workshop is for students who are interested in the backstage business of the theatrical world. The Workshop provides hands-on instruction in the creation of masks, costuming, props and sets for Carnival of Animals and the works created by the Advanced Performing Arts Residency ensemble. Technical internships are available. The Advanced ensemble will be working on theatrical movement pieces from Johnson’s prestigious portfolio of masterful vignettes, such as Forward Momentum, Splat, Old West Saloon, and The Boat. Performances will take place at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on June 16.

Why settle for the ordinary, when you can participate in the exceptional? Times, fees, details and internships vary for the individual programs. Visit www.performingartscampaz.com or the Community Education page at www.ccusd93.org for information. For more information, call Desert Foothills Community Education at 480.488.1090 or 480.575.2070.

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