Community theatre at its finest: Florida Chautauqua Theatre presents 'The Aristocats'

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 15:55 PM.

There will be 30 local children in next week's production from all around the Northwest region — Crestview, South Walton, Freeport and even Niceville. Four of which are older students who previously attended workshops — "the veterans" Campbell-Work likes to call them. Every child in the workshop gets a part in the play.

"This is all about the children," Campbell-Work said. "Before we had the theatre, there was nothing for children to do. No pee wee soccer or baseball."

Through the Music and More Workshops kids learn to be self-confident and work in groups. It's all about teamwork, Campbell-Work said.

"We try not to develop stars," she said. "The beauty about young children is that they are amazingly non-cliquish. That's why I love working with children."

Audiences also appreciate the change to witness live theatre.

"I feel like people here like performing arts," Campbell-Work said. "The energy is great. We really have great support from the north and south end, we're very blessed."

Campbell-Work has directed plays at Florida Chautauqua Theatre for more than 20 years. In that time, she has directed her children, her grandchildren and even her former student's children.



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