Updated: Jun 10
"Princess Fearless: The Play", the first-of-its-kind Summer Day Camp happening July 18-22, 2022, is currently accepting enrollments . Princess Fearless will be performed September 23rd-October 2nd, 2022 as part of the Matthews Playhouse 2022-2023 Season.
For the first time in our 25+ year history, Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is offering rising 4th-8th grade students a special opportunity to adapt a children’s book into an original play that will be produced as part of its 2022-2023 Mainstage Season. Beloved teaching artist Lakeetha Blakeney (also known as Keetha B.), will lead students in this new intensive camp during the week July 18-22, 2022 as they bring "Princess Fearless: The Play" to life on stage. The original play will be based on her first book, “Princess Fearless: Walking to School”, an empowering story about fourth grade student Louise “Lou” Carter, who must overcome her fears so she may participate in her school field trip. Students will also work on developing their acting skills as they rehearse scenes to be performed at the end of the week.
Blakeney, an accomplished actor, director, and theatre educator, says Lou is loosely based on her own childhood story and the fears she had to overcome. “I was afraid a lot as a child for various reasons and I grew into an adult that was also afraid. I was often paralyzed by my fear,” she says. “I want to encourage children and adults to always be fearless. By that I mean that even if you are afraid, try new things anyway.”
Keetha B. is a theatre teaching artist and has been working with K-12 students for over 15 years and strives to create space for all who wish to learn the craft of acting. Her play Sweet Jenn won best original script at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and will premier as a short film in 2023. A native of Concord, North Carolina, Keetha B. received her BA in Theatre and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Redeeming History Productions, a production company creating work that celebrates the marginalized global majority.
"Princess Fearless: The Play" Summer Day Camp is currently accepting enrollments and will take place July 18-22, 2022 at The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts. Space is limited so parents are encouraged to register early. To learn more about Summer Camps at Matthews Playhouse, please visit www.matthewsplayhouse.com/summercamp22. Students can register online for camp by clicking here. The Princess Fearless will be performed September 23rd-October 2nd, 2022 as part of the Matthews Playhouse 2022-2023 Season. Learn more about Keetha B. by visiting keethab.com.