24th Season of Shows for Summer Musical TheatreCamp

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, also known as Curtis Camp, offers Les Miserables, The Pinocchio Show, and Seussical the Musical in 2018. (File photo shows Hairspray in 2012.)

‘Curtis Camp’ students will perform Les Miserables, The Pinocchio Show, and Seussical The Musical this summer

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp for Kids and Teens begins its 24th   summer season with the classic Broadway musical hit Les Miserables as the mainstage show for the high school division of this educational program.  The high school camp begins Monday, June 4 and runs four consecutive weeks ending with the production of Les Miserables on June 29, 30, and July 1.

The second session of SMTC begins with programs for kids ages 5 through 11, and a second session of middle school and high school aged kids.  The kids show this summer is a production of The Pinocchio Show and the teen crossover group performing Seussical, the Musical.  These camps begin on Monday, July 2 and continue four consecutive weeks with performances of both shows on the weekend of July 27 through July 29.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College.  Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program. Joe Kemper, returns to the summer program as a production director. Nikki Falcao returns as a production scenic artist.  Carl Liberatore is Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical – a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. The multi-award-winning Les Misérables is as groundbreaking today as it was when it first premiered in London in 1985. In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

The middle school / high school crossover camp cast will present the musical, Seussical, The Musical. Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present the musical The Pinocchio Story. This magical coming-of-age classic gets a fun and wacky makeover in this popular musical.  When Carl wants to run away from home, he tries to get a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone and his traveling magical marionette puppet show.  He quickly discovers, however, that the position comes with all kinds of strings attached.  Once he feels the magical jolt in Professor Pinecone’s handshake, he begins the audition of his life.  In this musical play-within-a-play, Carl becomes Pinocchio and improvises his way through the story, meeting a cricket with an attitude, the devious fox and cat and the sassy Blues Fairy.  With the help of this eclectic cast, Pinocchio stumbles upon life’s lessons as he learns, through a series of hilarious mishaps and wrong turns, that his actions have repercussions.  He even makes a donkey of himself…  literally!  With a little help from Tina Tuna, Pinocchio makes a selfless choice by saving Geppetto from the mouth of a giant shark. 

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 24th  season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance. The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 0ver 40 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fifteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage. Additionally, for an ninth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia. Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2018 summer season.

For a brochure and/or additional information contact Curtis Powell and the Summer Musical TheatreCamp at (904) 501-7396 or the visit the website at summermusicaltheatrecamp.com

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