Theater camps shine spotlight on kid talent

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012

When it’s Summer Spotlight time at Troy University, the early bird gets the discount.

Those who register for the 4th Annual Summer Spotlight camps at Troy University by Friday, June 15, will get the early bird discount of $25 on the camp fees.

Adena Moree, Troy University director of theater and dance, said Summer Spotlight will feature four camps in July, including two new programs, Spotlight on Dance, for ages 8-12, and Technical Theater Intensive for high school students and incoming college freshmen.

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“We have thought all along that we would add programs, which we have done, and we are very excited about the weeklong Spotlight on Dance camp and the Technical Theater Intensive,” Moree said.

“Spotlight on Dance is a pilot program and, if it goes well and we get the kinks worked out, we’ll expand it to other ages.”

The Spotlight on Dance camp is built on storytelling through movement.

“No dance experience is required,” Moree said. “And, it’s not just a girls’ camp. Boys can dance, too. This camp is recommended for young athletes to increase skill, agility, balance and focus.”

Summer Spotlight will continue to feature the Creative Drama Camp, which is an extremely popular camp for girls and boys ages 4-13.

“The Creative Drama Camp has grown every year and a large number of participants are expected for this year’s camp,” Moree said.

The Creative Drama Camp is a four-day camp and is divided into two groups, Spotlighters, ages 6-13, and Mini-Spotlighters, ages 4 and 5.

The Spotlighters camp is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Mini-Spotlighters camp will be from 8 a.m. until noon.

“The Spotlighters camp will feature a wide array of activities including workshops, group and individual coaching, playwriting, acting, creative drama, and musical theater. Lunch and snacks will be provided,” Moree said.

“The mini-spotlighters sessions will include creative movement, storytelling, creative drama and arts and crafts. The mini-spotlighters will have a light breakfast and mid-morning snack.”

Participants in the Creative Drama Camp will be featured in a showcase event at the close of the camp.

The Intensives are not camps or workshops but rather are a focused ensemble committed to increasing potential in theater.

“The Intensives are strongly encouraged for high school students and incoming college freshmen who are serious about theater,” Moree said.

“Those who attend the Performance Intensive will spend seven days on campus deeply immersed in all phases of performance – auditions, acting, scene study, vocal technique, musical theater, voice, movement, stage combat, dance, directing and playwriting.

“The Technical Theater Intensive provides seven days for technical theater students to develop their potential in classes and production related to sound, lighting, stage management, scenery and properties.”

Participants in the Intensives will be featured in a showcase performance at the close of the programs.

Camp dates and fees are Spotlight on Dance, July 9-13, $100; Creative Drama Camp, July 15-19, Spotlighters, $150, and Mini-Spotlighters, $100; and Performance Intensive, July 22-28, residential ($350), commuters with meals ($300) and commuters without meals ($250).

Register online at, 132 Malone Hall on the Troy University campus or by calling 808-6142.