Grease, The Wiz and Cinderella at Summer Musical TheatreCamp

The 2014 Summer Musical TheatreCamp, also known as Curtis Camp, offers Grease, The Wiz and Cinderella's Glass Slipper. (File photo shows Hairspray in 2012.)

The 2014 Summer Musical TheatreCamp, also known as Curtis Camp, offers Grease, The Wiz and Cinderella’s Glass Slipper. (File photo shows Hairspray in 2012.)

From Curtis Powell

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp for Kids and Teens begins its 20th the classic musical Grease and An Evening of One-Acts Plays as the shows for the high school division of this educational program.

The high school camp begins Monday, June 9 and runs four consecutive weeks ending with the productions of Grease on July 3, July 5 and July 6; and An Evening of One-Acts Plays on July 5 and 6.

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 Cinderella’s Glass Slipper and the teen crossover group with perform the musical The Wiz.

These camps begin on Monday, July 7 and continue four consecutive weeks with performances of both shows on the weekend of August 1-3.

All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program. Nikki Falcoa returns as a production director. Carl Liberatore is Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

GREASE

The musical Grease finds Rydell High School’s spirited class of ’59-gum chewing, hub-cap stealing, hot-rod loving boys with leather jackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox and pedal pushers — capture the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock ‘n’ roll era.

While hip Danny Zuko and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger palace and the drive-in movie.

From within the cast of the larger musical a second cast is auditioned to perform in the second production. The Summer Musical TheatreCamp staff has chosen a group of comedic one-act plays that culminate in an evening showcase of students.

THE WIZ

The middle school / high school crossover camp cast will present the musical The Wiz, adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

In this musical version we find a fantasy for today — mysterious, opulent and fanciful — a dream conjured up by a single space-age child with Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz set to music in a dazzling, lively mixture or rock, gospel and soul. It’s a dance-marathon of a musical.

It opened on Broadway on January 5, 1975 at the Majestic Theater and ran for 1672 performances.

CINDERELLA’S GLASS SLIPPER

Forget Broadway! Forget the old fairy tale! The kids division, for ages 5 to 11, will present Cinderella’s Glass Slipper.

The story is age old, but you’ll meet playful new characters in this fresh adaptation; with silly stepsisters, plus a brave mouse, a hesitant cat and the amazing Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach.

The Fairy Godmother has her hands full tutoring an apprentice but still makes time for Cinderella. This well-known classic is filled with songs that create their own magic. Cinderella’s Glass Slipper will be a great educational experience for the summer camp kids.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 20th 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 28 musical theater shows with over 1,200 kids and teens in participation. For the pasT 11 years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.

This summer SMTC produces its seventh non-musical comedy with an elite auditioned cast from within the teen program. Additionally, for a fifth 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 13 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 2014 summer season. For a brochure and/or additional information contact Curtis Powell and the Summer Musical TheatreCamp at (904) 501-7396.

 

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