Created: August 13, 2020 01:19 PM
BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Marco DeAscentiis is a camper at OFC Creations this summer.
OFC is home to New York's largest youth summer theatre camp, and this year the company's offerings are expanding. It recently announced a new supplemental program for the fall, one that could fill the void for students looking for after school opportunities in the performing arts.
"You might be bored at home all the time and it's good to get some freedom," DeAscentiis said.
He has already secured his spot in the fall program.
“I’m really excited to see some of my friends again, and I’m really excited to get the whole experience,” DeAscentiis said.
This new programming is meant to take the place of after-school activities that won't be available to kids next school year.
“We know that schools won't look the same no matter what this fall, and we want to offer the arts - singing, dance, acting - the elements that probably won't be in schools no matter what, until probably the end of the year,” Executive Director and Founder of OFC Creations Eric Vaughn Johnson said.
Much like its summer camps, OFC will keep groups small so kids can continue to practice social distancing.
Additionally, kids will wear face shields and masks while singing to prevent the spread of germs, and they'll have programs at different times of day to work with new school schedules.
“Depending what the individual child's schedule looks like, we can kind of fill it with programming,” Johnson said.
While extracurricular activities are not currently the top priority for schools, Johnson and his team see these opportunities for creativity as essential.
“They [the kids] need that chance to step away from everything they've got going on at home, or at school or wherever, and be somebody else for a day,” Johnson explains.
To learn more about OFC Creations’ fall performing arts programming, visit their website here.
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