Theatre Camp Features Guest Instructor

Camp Director Arch Ellwein announces a special guest instructor for the 20th Footlights and Greasepaint Youth Theatre Retreat July 6-11, 2015 in Sidney. Storyteller Mary Jane Bradbury of Helena, Montana will share her 25 years of experience as a speaker, educator and actor.

Ms. Bradbury recently relocated to Montana from Denver, Colorado where she was interpretive advisor to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She has been a commercial and industrial film actor and corporate spokesperson and co-authored textbooks on study skills and curriculum majors. She has a Masters Degree in Speech Communication. Her variety of historic character portrayals have delighted audiences throughout the country and her workshops and residencies are designed to teach participants of all ages the techniques and value of bringing history alive through storytelling. She is a Humanities Montana scholar.

"I am so pleased that M.J. (Ms. Bradbury) has agreed to be part of the theatre camp staff. In addition to her professional expertise she is a wonderful person and I believe she will be a terrific role model and inspiration to our participants." Ellwein said. "She will be assisting throughout the week and leading a couple of group activities."

Registration for the Youth Theatre Retreat is now open to boys and girls ages nine to 15. Ellwein states, "Tuition cost is $169 but I want the program to be accessible to everyone so tuition grants will be made available through the assistance of businesses and individuals who wish to assist students." Ellwein can be contacted by calling 406-488-5109 or 406-489-1209 or via email at [email protected].

Mary Jane Bradbury will make several public appearances while visiting Eastern Montana. On July 6th she performs as Nancy Russell at the Prairie County Museum in Terry. She entertains at the Sunrise Festival Authors Reception at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney Friday July 10th. Her program is entitled "Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History". Ms. Bradbury will be at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center Saturday July 11 with portrayals as the wife of famous western artist C.M. Russell, Nancy Russell.

Ms. Bradbury can be contacted through her website


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