Theatre camp builds to free public show

Cranbrook kids learn about acting at week-long boot camp.

On Friday, kids taking part in the Theatre Boot Camp will put on a number of performances beginning at 2 p.m. in Cranbrook Rotary Park.

The kids will be making up the performances themselves, as part of the boot camp, said Lisa Aasebo, who is putting on the camps.

“They are pretty talented guys, so we’ll see what they come up with,” she said.

The camp runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day this week. Aasebo said the group works on characters, scene study, mask work and improv. She teaches them techniques, then helps them to put together and rehearse their own unique show.

“It’s all leading towards them creating their own show. I’m a professional actor, so I work on using the actual techniques and real names of things that we use in the theatre world,” she said.

“So they have all the rules and skills and improv, mask work, scene study and character development. All that works together to create a show.”

Aasebo lives and works in Cranbrook and just finished performing in ‘Self Help’ with the Kimberley Summer Theatre.

She has two endeavours, Creative Monkeys children’s programmes and Theatre Boot Camp.

Aasebo moved back to Cranbrook at the end of March and started the camps.

The theatre camp is their first summer camp of the year.

“We have a bunch of other camps coming up, but this is the acting week,” she explained. “This is the acting workshop. The next week coming up is the tech workshop. Then we have a writing and directing workshop, and then sets and props.”

The classes are usually for 12-17-year-olds, but she said she lets younger children in if they are keen, like the 9-13-year-olds in the class this week.

The public performance is at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 in Rotary Park, Cranbrook.

“It’s a really good show. It’s great to see what they come up with,” she said. “The skit they’re working on right now is pretty funny.

Aasebo said she plans to eventually turn the camps into a non-profit association.

“I’m trying to really get it to a point where it becomes a student-led production company,” she said. “So they can create their own shows. They do all the stage managing and tech and all their costumes themselves, write the shows themselves and that sort of thing. That is the end goal.”

For more information email Aasebo at or call her at 604-990-9199.