Children practice play for spring break camp

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:59 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The children's theatre company TRYPS hosts a Wizard of Oz Spring Break camp in Columbia on Monday. Children write biographies, learn to dance and participate in activities. The students will perform at the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College Campus on Friday, the final day of the class.

COLUMBIA — In a stage-lit room down the hall from the Columbia Mall food court, MU theater major Tori Crosby demonstrated some dance moves to 10 elementary school-aged children on Monday.

When it came time for the students to cross their feet, a few fell down. There was a some laughter, but Crosby encouraged them to get up and try again.

Crosby is one of three instructors leading the weeklong "Wizard of Oz" Spring Break Camp, the latest program offered by the children's theater company TRYPS. More than 30 students, divided by age, practiced dancing, improv acting, singing and more.

"It's better than sitting at home watching TV," joked Crosby, who has been involved in TRYPS since 2008. "TRYPS is a great community."

"It gives them stage presence and confidence," said Jill Womack, the executive artistic director for TRYPS. "It's great when they learn more than just acting, but also about life lessons."

On Friday, students will perform at the Macklanburg Playhouse at Stephens College.

"I'm excited," said camper Leo Lancaster, 7. "I'm nervous, but excited."

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