Grandstreet summer theater school: 'The goal is to raise really great people'

MEGAN MICHELOTTI

If you’ve spotted hordes of young people running around downtown Helena in orange shirts over the last two weeks, you’re not alone. 

Grandstreet Summer Theater School ran from July 11-22 for grades three through 12. Students arrived each day around 9 a.m. and finished around 5 p.m.

This year, around 200 students attended the third through 12th grade program, 60 attended the kindergarten through second grade program, and 10 attended a special program that was by audition only. All of these students were accompanied by around 55 instructors and staff members.

The program was scattered around downtown, taking place at Hill Park, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Park Tower, two spaces on Fuller Avenue, and of course, Grandstreet Theater.

“They bring in directors from everywhere and (students) get to talk with actors who have been all over the U.S.,” said Ashlyn Gasmick, a first year student at Capital High School who has been attending Grandstreet’s summer school since sixth grade. “You make a lot of friends here. One of my friends is from New York, and comes here just for Grandstreet’s summer program.”

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