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Musical camps underway

July 17, 2014


Elle Russell and Cassie Ralston sing "Let it Go."

Summer Musical Camps are underway at Stephens College this month, weeklong programs that allow children to experience musical theatre.
This week, students in the Spotlight camp for grades 3-5 are rehearsing for the “Music Man,” which they will perform for family and friends tomorrow at Historic Senior Hall. Participants not only perform in the play, they also learn about costumes and set designs. Additionally, they learn how to work in teams and to be respectful audience members.
This is the third year Elle Russell, 11, and Cassie Ralston, 11, have attended the camp. Their grandmothers are sisters who both attended Stephens.
“It’s cool to see the college,” Cassie said. “We love coming here.”
Both Cassie and Elle say they want to pursue performing arts as a career. Earlier this week, the duo got to experience the spotlight—and a hearty round of applause—after they sang a brilliant rendition of “Let it Go” during an afternoon talent show.
“Our participants are so talented,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, an assistant professor of music at Stephens who directs the camp. “The camps really let kids sample the world of musical theatre in a nurturing environment, and they also give young performers another opportunity to share their talents on stage.”
Last week, kindergarten through second grade participants performed songs from “The Lion King.”

“The show was a big hit,” Ellsworth-Smith said.

Middle school students will take on “13 the Musical” during the Stars on Stage camp next week.

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