BIG BAD WOLVES: Bonnie Kate offering ‘excitement’ for area youth with camps

Published 6:51 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

Straight out of the fairy tales, one local historic landmark recently welcomed in a handful of “wolves” in downtown Elizabethton.
The Bonnie Kate Theater Youth Camp titled “Big Bad Wolf Stories,” capped off a busy week Friday evening with a performance for the public inside the theater.
“This is just one of the many projects we have planned for the future,” Marcia Ross, program coordinator at the Bonnie Kate, said Friday. “We look forward to presenting all kinds of community events for the public.
Nine participants took part in the camp during the week work with volunteers learning the basic of performing in front of a live audience by working with modern day tales of the famous “Big Bad Wolf” from various children’s stories.
“They’ve done a great job,” Ross said about the performing. “They started performing Monday and will be performing this evening.”
Ross added the Bonnie Kate would be ushering in camp session starting Monday, July 17, titled “Stage Stories” and will be open to children ages six to 12 years old. Interested participants are asked to registered Monday at 1 p.m. at the Bonnie Kate. The camp will conclude Friday, July 21, with a performance at 5 p.m., which is open to the public. Registration for the upcoming camp is $50.
The work at the Bonnie Kate caught the eye of City Council member Jeff Treadway, who praised the efforts of Ross and the individuals involved with the Bonnie Kate’s restoration during Thursday’s City Council meeting.
Treadway encouraged the community to support the project and added it could be a key asset for the city moving forward.
Welcoming in some “wolves” is just a portion of what the Bonnie Kate has to offer in the coming months. While providing different performances, various events are on the horizon for the fall to help raise funds for need improvements inside the facility.
• Sept. 23 – BBQ, Blues & Brews at Covered Bridge Park from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Oct. 20-21 – 1940s Radio Show Dinner Theater at 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 1-2 & 8-9 – A Christmas Carol at 2 p.m.
Ross added the proceeds raised at the upcoming events would go to benefit different improvements at the Bonnie Kate, including roofing over the stage. Attendees for Friday’s performance were able to take in the new stage lights at the facility. Ross thanked the community for their support of April’s performance at the theater, which raised enough money to cover the cost of the lights.
For more information on the Bonnie Kate or learn more about how to make a donation, visit the Bonnie Kate Theater Restoration Project on Facebook.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox