Dakota Phillips, 18, directs actors through a scene during the theater camp at the Brown Gym on Monday. Though young, Phillips is a veteran of local theater, acting and participating in many past productions. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Dakota Phillips, 18, directs actors through a scene during the theater camp at the Brown Gym on Monday. Though young, Phillips is a veteran of local theater, acting and participating in many past productions. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Theater campers will show off their skills during a one-night-only performance tonight.

Participants in the Madison Community Players' two-week Summer Theater Workshop learned about performance techniques and other elements that go into a theater production. They plan to perform "Sleeping Handsome" at 7 p.m. at the Brown Gym to showcase what they've learned during the workshop.

The play features a princess, a half-princess and two princes. One of the princes has a spell cast on him, Madison Community Players President and camp coordinator JoAnne Spiller said.

"It's up to the two young ladies to break the spell," she said.

Other characters including wizards, guards and servants help the kingdom come to life on stage.

Twenty campers ranging from 9 to 18 years old participated in the summer workshop, Spiller said. Organizers based the play on the number of people in the program so that everyone would have a chance to perform.

"We want to make sure everything fits," she said.

Throughout the two weeks, each of the participants learn about theater etiquette and techniques. Campers also are asked to come up with their own costume idea and advertisements for the play.

"Like I've told them, you're each a piece of the puzzle," Spiller said, and all the puzzle pieces must come together for a successful ending.

Other campers that have attended the summer workshop before - which were about half of the participants this year - are encouraged to try something different that the previous year. Instead of focusing on the acting skills, return campers might help out with tech or in a more creative aspect than before.

"We try to push them out of their comfort zones," Spiller said.

The cast includes: Bailey Black as Emma; Jade Nance as Izzy; Ethan Mack as Prince Charles; Sophia Douvikas as Queen; Gabriel Smith as Prince James; Annamae Harmon as Morgan/Wizard; LaRose Nicolas, Odessa Adams, Owen Schmidt and Isabelle Clevinger as Guard/Servants; Julie Nance as Henchman/Servant; Tim Nicholson as Sidekick/Servant; and Isabella Rhyne, Karson Couch, Autumn Frisque, Crislyn Middleton, Gabrielle Leons, Lily Trader, Paige Maddox and Erin Burkhardt as Servants.

Dakota Phillips makes his directorial debut with the summer workshop production. Josh Larrison serves as the assistant director.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. Any contributions will benefit the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter.