Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre, now celebrating its fifth year, will present "The Improv Games: TeenProv Showdown," an improv comedy performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre, now celebrating its fifth year, will present "The Improv Games: TeenProv Showdown," an improv comedy performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

Directed by Eve Smyth, the event will showcase the talents of Ashley Chapman, Christy Chow, Jackson Davis, Madison Gilpin, Kairo Holbert, Makayla Laughery, Mel Maas, Elli Mallory, Katie Mallory, Danika Nutter, Camille Pejcha, Kai Pejcha and Preston Swanson.

In "The Improv Games," two teams of teen improvisers compete by challenging each other to different improvised scenes. Some of the scenes will be familiar to those who have seen the popular television show "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" The performers will ask the audience for suggestions to start their scenes, then make it up from there.

Audience members will have the final say as they vote for the winning scene. Only one team will walk away at the end of the evening with the coveted trophy.

Smyth is the co-director of OSW ACT along with Kate Sullivan. Smyth has been coaching TeenProv for this event and will be the emcee for the evening. Smyth has been acting and performing improv for more than 20 years.

She received her improv training at BATS Improv in San Francisco, where she continued on to teach and perform before coming to the Rogue Valley.

Smyth now teaches improv at OSW ACT and is a member of the local improv troupe, The Hamazons. She has written several plays for Ashland Children's Theatre and is a company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Meanwhile, OSW ACT, directed by Smyth, is gearing up for its Incredible Instant Theatre Camp this summer from June 15 — Aug. 28. A variety of theatrical fun for ages 4 through 17 is being offered, including improv, musical theatre, puppets, stage combat and a performance-focused camp, Children's Mystery Theatre.

All camps take place at OSW, 119 A. Str., Ashland, and each camp culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends. Children's Mystery Theatre camp will present two public performances on Saturday, Aug. 15.

ACT offers eight camps throughout the summer for children of different ages with a diverse range of theatrical experience.

A new offering this summer will be the Scratch Built Puppet Theatre camp taught by Kyndra Laughery. Students will create a puppet performance from start to finish; beginning with construction of puppets and scenery, then moving on to create their own scripts and learning puppetry technique.

Laughery, a "found object" artist, is the director of Teen Theatre, a member of the Hamazons, and an instructor with ACT.

After last summer's success of "A Laughing Matter," ACT is developing a new mystery script written by Smyth especially for Children's Mystery Theatre Camp. This intensive, two-week camp for ages 12-17 will delve into the mystery genre in classic film noir style, with a comic twist.

In addition to actors, the camp will welcome students who are interested in lighting, sound, stage management and production. A hard-boiled detective, a femme fatal, a man with a strange accent "¦ all ingredients for a fun whodunit.

Laura Derocher will return for a third year, teaching both musical theater camps that will feature excerpts from "The Music Man" (Camp 6) and "Wicked" (Camp 7). Derocher has performed lead roles in musical theatre for more than 30 years.

Derocher has coached children in acting and voice for other local and Chicago-area theatres. She teaches voice out of her home studio in Ashland.

For more information, call 482-2334, ext. 2, or visit OSW's Web site at oregonstageworks.org, where you can download a camp registration form.