Performance camp beginning in July

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Troy University Department of Theater and Dance will present the 5th Annual Summer Spotlight series beginning July 8.

The camps being offered this year are filling up fast and the deadline to register is Monday, July 1, said Tori Lee Averett, Summer Spotlight director.

The ‘Spotlight on Dance’ camp for ages eight through 12 is set for July 8-12 in the Elm Street Dance Studio and features the talents of guest teaching artist and choreographer Julie Mulvihill.

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“Julie is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher who loves to make creative movement and dance with people of all ages,” Averett said. “Working with her will be an incredible learning experience and so much fun.”

The “Creative Drama Camp” for ages four-13 is back for the fifth year, boasting a longer week, July 14-19 and additional activities for campers as well as the teaching expertise of guest artist Carson Butterworth.

“Carson acts; she directs; she’s an artist,” Averett said. “She comes to us from Georgia and she loves working with young people in the arts. And, like Julie Mulvihill, she’s really fun. This camp will be a great learning experience.”

The Performance and Technical Theater Intensives are July 21-28 for ages 14 and older.

“This weeklong residence camp is sure to be an all-star experience with the amazing visiting guest artists,” Averett said. “NBC producer Dean McFlicker, ‘The Book of Mormon’ casting director Jeremy Rich, and professional actor and Troy University alumnus Georgia Mallory Guy are joining the staff for the Intensives, along with Troy University faculty members, Tommy Newman, musical theater writer; Chris Rich, design and production; and Quinton Cockrell, acting and playwriting.”

McFlicker has worked on hit TV shows including “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.” He is an award-winning producer, director and choreographer.

In addition to casting “The Book of Mormon,” Rich’s work may also be seen in “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “Dreamgirls.”

Newman is a bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He is a recent recipient of the ASCAP Cole Porter Award and has been an O’Neill Theater Center Fellow. Newman is a graduate of Troy University and NYU.

Averett said young people who are interesting in dance, drama and theater production are encouraged to register and reserve a place in Summer Spotlight 2013.

The Spotlight on Dance camp is $125; the Creative Drama camp is $175 and the Intensives residential camp is $350 or $300 for commuters.

Visit for an application and more information or call the Department of Theater & Dance at (334) 808-6142.