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The Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts (OCPA) will perform "Quilt: A Musical Celebration," a series of stories for, from, and about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, Saturday, Aug. 25. The actual quilt has been described as the most powerful piece of spontaneous art ever created. Directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Caroline Shaffer, the musical presents a volunteer's experience while making a panel in memory of a friend. As of the writing of the show, the AIDS Memorial Quilt incorporated more than 43,000 individual panels and is still growing. Each panel measures — by 6 feet.

The "Quilt" camp runs from — to 6 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 25 and is for children ages 12 to 18. The "Quilt" cast will also perform on OSF's Elizabethan stage as part of the festival's Daedalus Project variety show on Monday, Aug. 20.

A percentage of the royalties from the production of "Quilt: A Musical Celebration" are donated to various AIDS organizations, including the NAMES Project and Equity Fights AIDS.

In conjunction with OCPA's production of "Quilt," a block from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at the Rogue Gallery during the week of the performance.

OCPA's 2007 Magic of Theatre summer camps begin with Seattle playwright Karen Cody's "Wild Wild West" on June 18 for ages 6 through 12, directed by OCPA teacher Wendy Spurgeon. Cody also wrote "20th Century Broadway" for OCPA, which was performed last summer at the Craterian Theater.

OCPA's Youth Shakespeare Festival continues with its second camp, an audition camp, presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for ages 12 to 18. Beginning on June 25 and directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Tyrone Wilson, the camp will feature an outdoor Green Show and other festive activities leading up to the play. Call or e-mail for more information as this camp is almost full.

OCPA's third camp, "How to Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up)," is for children 8 to 13. This show is a guide to the art of being a child, told by children from their point of view. The musical camp begins on July 9 and will be directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival's John O'Hagan.

A special two-week theatre camp for 6- to 8-year-olds will be held in conjunction with KIDS Imagination Discovery Space in Medford from July 30 to Aug. 11. It will be directed by actress, singer and choreographer Jessica Blaszak.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Forms are available from OCPA's Web site, or call 776-9118.

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