Curtis Camp announces 22nd season of Summer Musical TheatreCamp

Thoroughly Modern Millie was staged in 2015 during the 21st season of Summer Musical TheatreCamp. The 2016 season includes In the Heights, Big Fish, and

Thoroughly Modern Millie was staged in 2015 during the 21st season of Summer Musical TheatreCamp. The 2016 season includes In the Heights, Big Fish, and DooWop Wed Widing Hood. Photos by Renee Unsworth

In The Heights, DooWop Wed Widing Hood and Big Fish will be staged during 2016 by local students

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp for Kids and Teens begins its 22nd  summer season with the contemporary Broadway musical hit In The Heights as the mainstage show for the high school division of this educational program.  The high school camp begins Monday, June 6 and runs four consecutive weeks ending with the production of In The Heights on July 1-3.

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 DooWop Wed Widing Hood and the teen crossover group performing the musical Big Fish.  These camps begin on Tuesday, July 5 and continue four consecutive weeks with performances of both shows on the weekend of July 29-31.

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. Long-time staff member, Joe Kemper, returns to the summer program as a production director. Nikki Falcao returns as a production assistant director. Carl Liberatore is Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

Princess Whatsername was staged during the 2015 Summer Musical Theatre Camp. The 2016 camp for elementary age students is

Princess Whatsername was staged during the 2015 Summer Musical Theatre Camp. The 2016 camp for elementary age students is DooWop Wed Widing Hood.

The musical In The Heights tells the universal story of  a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.  It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is now making American musical theater history with his current musical, Hamilton, now a mega-hit on Broadeay.

The middle school / high school crossover camp cast will present the musical Big Fish.

Big Fish is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.


“A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.”

The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present the musical DooWop Wed Widing Hood.  It’s the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood!  Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother) and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood.  The king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes.

Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon, and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Wed Widing Hood…  that is, Red Riding Hood!  Alas, Little Red’s couch-potato parents don’t want to lose their little girl.  How else will they get their cookies delivered to Grandmother?  So they hire the evil queen to thwart the Fairy Godmother’s contest.

Luckily, Little Red Riding Hood’s two sisters — Big Green Riding Hood and Medium Purple Riding Hood — help balance out the situation.  Complete with the big bad wolf and a sock-hopping ‘50s score, this easy-to-produce adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences and performers of all ages.

For a brochure and/or additional information, contact Curtis Powell and the Summer Musical TheatreCamp at 904-501-7396.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 22nd   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 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past thirteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for a seventh 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 2016 summer season.




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