BEMIDJI -- Nearly a full house packed into their seats on Friday as more than 50 young theater students took to the stage to let their newly acquired skills shine.

That took place during a performance of “Theater in Action,” the capstone in the Bemidji Community Theater Junior Theater Camp. Bemidji Community Theater hosted the program with the city of Bemidji in BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

“These kids worked hard, and they showed a lot of progress over the last two weeks,” said Bemidji Community Theater President Ernie Rall to the audience.  

The theater camp helped the students hone in on a range of abilities, from performance skills like singing, dancing and acting, to technical aspects like costuming and set design. This was the sixth year Bemidji Community Theater held the camp.

Friday’s production included eight performances, representing a mix of the acting, singing and dance routines the students learned throughout the theater program. It ended with stage combat exercises where students sword fought one another.

As the program started, the audience contained a handful of odd-looking members. Some dressed as cows, others as chickens. As the performance moved forward, the already-costumed youth would jump up from their seats and make their way backstage, chatting on the way about the butterflies and excitement the experience created.   

“I’m so nervous,” one young actor said while making her way to the stage.