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Troupe's summer workshop ends with musical production

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  • Caught In The Act youth theater participants perform in the 2012 production of "Seussical." This year's production, "Snoopy!!!," will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., in Palatine.

    Caught In The Act youth theater participants perform in the 2012 production of "Seussical." This year's production, "Snoopy!!!," will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., in Palatine.
    Courtesy of Palatine Park District

Submitted by Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District presents Caught In The Act, a youth theater immersion workshop, beginning July 8 and ending with two performances Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine.

This year's production will be "Snoopy!!!." The program meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8 to Aug. 3.

Caught In The Act is a program designed for young singers/actors/dancers ages 10 to 15 looking for an immersion experience in the world of musical theater. Students who are not trained in all three areas, but who are willing to learn, will be trained during the course of the workshop.

All participants will be assigned a role in the show appropriate for their level of development and experience. Roles are assigned based on a prepared vocal audition, as well as movement and script reading auditions that will be taught on the first day of the program.

The workshop will consist of training in proper vocal, acting, and movement technique, as well as rehearsals for the production of "Snoopy!!!."

Cast size for Caught In The Act productions is limited to 30 to 40 cast members per production in order to ensure individualized instruction and quality experience for all participants. One of the program's many strengths is its ability to deliver a completely developed product, from lead roles all the way through the cast to the members of the chorus.

Educational aspects, in addition to the theatrical skills offered through the program, include research, oral presentations, writing autobiographies for the program, creating costumes and props, memorization skills and much more.

The rehearsal process offered by Caught In The Act is extensive. Full cast music rehearsals are held and correct vocal technique is stressed to develop better diction, intonation, balance and blend. All cast members participate in acting workshops focusing on character work, improvisation, reacting, staying in the moment, and choreography rehearsals.

Breakout groups are also held throughout the workshop and can include vocal lessons, small group choreography, blocking rehearsal, character work discussion, acting class, and prop and costume making. Downtime is minimal to ensure engagement and maximum learning time throughout the workshop experience.

Other aspects of the program include a cast picnic with a guest speaker, Rehearsal Olympics Day with games and contests for the cast, and six swimming days at the Family Aquatic Center.

The cast will also be holding a Flying Ace Car Wash fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Family Aquatic Center, 262 E. Palatine Road.

The final productions of "Snoopy!!!" will be offered to the public at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, accompanied by a live orchestra. Tickets are $10 per person or $9 per person for groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (847) 202-5222 or in person at the box office, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine.

For more information about the Caught In The Act Youth Theater, contact Carol Lange, Cultural Arts coordinator, at (847) 496-6237 or

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