Circus Camp participants learned a variety of hands on, exciting skills – from plate spinning, juggling and acrobatics to rope twirling, physical comedy and classic slapstick. (contributed photo)
Stamford, CT - This summer, dozens of children from across Fairfield County are experiencing the joy of the big top in a whole new way – as performers. Circus Camp at The Palace, in a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, brought the circus arts for the first time to the Yerwood Center in Stamford. The Palace Theatre provided scholarships to 33 children in first through third grade, including many Boys & Girls Club members, through a grant from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.
Circus Camp at The Palace, held July 11-15, 2016, focused on teaching campers a number of hands on, exciting skills – from juggling, acrobatics and plate spinning to rope twirling, physical comedy and classic slapstick. Campers worked closely with two professional circus artists and performers from the Big Apple Circus, Liz Bolick and Therese Schorn, to create original circus and clown routines.
The children worked closely with two professional circus artists and performers from the Big Apple Circus to create original circus and clown routines. (contributed photo)
“Non-profits function best when they collaborate,” said Palace Theatre Executive Director Michael Moran. “Arts Education is extremely important to The Palace. We see this opportunity to share Circus Camp with the Boys and Girls Club as a perfect example of how the arts can reach out to benefit our community.”
The Palace Theatre’s Arts Education programs are designed for thousands of area youth ages 4-18, many of whom are from the community’s underserved population. These programs provide children and teens with the chance to express themselves creatively through music, dance, drama and playwriting. Students also learn other skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem-solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.
Circus Camp at The Palace, in a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, recently brought the circus arts to the Yerwood Center in Stamford. Back row (L-R): Daniel Robinson, Intern, The Palace Theatre; Carol Bryan, Director of Education, The Palace Theatre; Liz Bolik, Circus Arts Teaching Artist; Jeff Ptylak, Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford; Michael Cotela, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford; Michael E. Moran, Jr., Executive Director, The Palace Theatre; Mathew Freitas, Intern, The Palace Theatre; and Therese Schorn, Circus Arts Teaching Artist. (contributed photo)
“We value our partnership with The Palace Theatre as we strive to give all the children of Stamford opportunities to develop their talents and interests,” said Michael Cotela, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. “The Circus Camp, as part of The Palace Theatre’s ArtsKids Program, was a fun way for our summer camp kids to improve motor skills, develop teamwork and improve their concentration level in a creative environment. Thanks to everyone at The Palace Theatre for supporting the children of Stamford who need us the most at our Boys & Girls Club!”
Circus Camp at the Palace was made possible through the generosity of the First County Bank Foundation. The Foundation provides charitable contributions to non-profit organizations that support quality of life and educational enrichment for families and children. Its giving reflects the dedication and charitable inclination of First County Bank, its directors, corporators, officers and employees.
“First County Bank Foundation is pleased to provide funding for a program that brings such joy to local children. What’s better than experiencing the fun of the circus while learning the skills that these big top professionals use when performing,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.
The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting www.palacestamford.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.