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Musical camps let children sample performing arts

June 10, 2014

Summer Musical Camps at Stephens will be held next month, weeklong programs that let children experience musical theatre while also learning age-appropriate lessons.
The camps are designed to let children sample the arts. Children do not have to audition to be part of the program, nor does it require ongoing commitments.  
“It gives them a taste of the world of performing arts,” said Pam Ellsworth-Smith, camp director who is also an assistant professor of music at Stephens. “It’s our goal to enhance the skills they come to us with, whether it’s dancing, singing or acting.” 
This year, Ellsworth-Smith is hosting three camps for various age groups. Each camp is being held at Historic Senior Hall and will conclude with a public performance in the Recital Hall.
Show Biz Kids is for children in kindergarten through second grade and will be held July 7 through July 11. Participants will perform songs and explore themes from “The Lion King.” Children will also get to wear animal masks for the performance.
“‘The Lion King’ installs great values,” Ellsworth-Smith said. “It really builds on the idea of being part of something greater than oneself.”
Students in third through fifth grade will perform selections from “Music Man” during the Spotlight camp, July 14-18. The camp will combine the performance with historical lessons from the piece, which is set in the early 1900s. Students will have a chance to pick a townsperson and develop his or her character.
Stars on Stage for students in grades sixth through eighth will be held July 21-25. That showcase will feature songs from “13 the Musical.”
“‘13 the Musical’ deals with middle school-age issues, so it’s really age appropriate,” Ellsworth-Smith said. “There will be a lot of opportunities for discussions about identity, the dangers of spreading rumors and what it means to be a friend.”

Each camp is $199 per week and includes instructional materials, costume rentals, snacks and T-shirts. Click here for more information. 

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