William Woods plans summer musical theatre camp

logoStudents ages 11-19 will have the opportunity to learn about the performing arts during a new summer camp at William Woods University. The Summer Musical Theatre Camp, Hooray for Broadway, is scheduled for July 18-23 and will be held in Dulany Auditorium. A public performance will be held at 11 a.m. July 23.

“One of the reasons this camp has been developed and is being offered is because we as a performing arts faculty recognized the need for something like this in our community,” Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, said.

“We have so many wonderfully talented youth in our community, but currently there is just not very much going on during the summer for students interested in the performing arts. This camp gives them an outlet for exploration of their talent and the development of their performance technique.”

Whether their interest is in music, theatre, dance or stage combat, students can take advantage of the chance to explore their performing arts talents by participating in a variety of experiences. Exercises will be designed to enhance their technique and talent. Lively, constructive discussions and one-on-one interactions with faculty will take place for each rehearsal and project.

Youngsters from the community perform in “Cheaper by the Dozen” earlier this year at William Woods University.
Youngsters from the community perform in “Cheaper by the Dozen” earlier this year at William Woods University.

The typical day will run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee for attending the camp is $200. Students can bring their lunch, or choose a lunch plan for the week for an extra $30.

The day will be packed with rehearsals for three extended musical theatre scenes, including “I Gotta Fly” from “Peter Pan,” “It’s A Hard Knocks Life” from “Annie,” “Consider Yourself” from “Oliver” and a stage combat sword fight between the Lost Boys and Captain Hook and his pirates.

Scenes will include scene work, music and dance. Between rehearsals, mini-classes will be conducted on a variety of topics, including theatre etiquette, musical theatre, technical staging, design and lighting.

William Woods University theatre faculty will provide a rich professional experience while sharing their knowledge and expertise in their respective disciplines. Faculty include Potter; Adrienne Branson, instructor/choreographer; and Rebecca Talbert, instructor/music director.

Each student will receive a camp t-shirt (to be worn for the performance on Saturday) and a folder to keep their scripts, music and performing arts handouts in throughout the week.

For more information or an application, contact Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281 or jpotter@williamwoods.edu.