4:30 p.m., June 22)
Rag & Bones offering unique summer camp experience
By Heather Jamieson
Camp director Rose-mary Nolan played the role
of Angelo, in the camps 2005 production
of The Comedy of Errors. Photo provided
by Rag & Bones
vision of the Shenkman Arts Centre as a place where
the arts will thrive is abundantly clear with the
benefits it has brought to the Orléans-based Rag
& Bone Puppet Theatre.
in 1978 by Kathy MacLellan and John Nolan, before the
Shenkman Arts Centre opened in 2009, Rag & Bone was
primarily a touring childrens puppet theatre company,
performing at venues and events organized by others, such
as childrens festivals, theatres and schools.
we saw the Shenkman being built in our own neighbourhood,
we were inspired to create our own series of performances,
explains MacLellan. Wed be able to work closer
to home, build our own audiences and develop more projects
with other artists.
incorporated as a non-profit organization, Rag & Bone
took full advantage of having an artistic hub within their
the expertise of the Shenkman Arts Centre staff and the
support of AOE Arts Council, we successfully applied for
municipal and provincial funding to strengthen our organization
and its capacity, she says. We learned how
to book a venue, publicize a show, run a box office and
develop audience-building collaborations.
its first self-presented performances in a small Shenkman
studio, Rag & Bone is now able to hire support staff
and present its programming in the 150-seat Richcraft
Theatre. It has also expanded to perform in venues across
the city, including the GCTC, Centrepointe and the Nepean
Creative Arts Centre.
the first time, Rag & Bone performed at the 2017 Ottawa
MacLellan also gave back to the arts community by serving
for seven years on the board of directors of AOE Arts
Council, three of them as president.
opportunities for growth became available with the closure
of Salamander Theatre, a Theatre for Young Audiences company,
including the administration of the long-running three-week
Shakespeare Camp at Billings Estates.
and Kathys daughter, Rosemary, first attended the
camp when she was 10.
was a perfect fit for her, recalls MacLellan. She
was a shy, bright, imaginative child who loved language
and theatre. At Shakespeare Camp she found a place where
she felt she belonged and she loved spending time each
summer with a group of fantastic, like-minded peers.
a university graduate, Rosemary was mentored by the camps
founding director Eleanor Crowder, and is returning for
her third summer as camp director. The camp, for 10 to
18 year olds, runs from July 4 to July 21, and will conclude
with three performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona.
were really happy to take over the camp because it is
such a fantastic experience for young people, says
bad weather forces them to work under a tent, camp participants
rehearse and perform outdoors, as was done in Shakespeares
time. It is a great way to escape technology and
be outside screen free for three weeks,
more information about the camp, or to register, visit
or call them at 613-824-5972.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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