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Letting out their inner star
The Arts Associations Musical Theater Camp begins July 9
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For lovers of "Glee" and others who dream of their name in lights, the Musical Theater Camp is beginning this summer for grades 4th-12th.

The camp will run from July 9-20, at Newton High School in the Porter Auditorium. Participants will receive training in three areas: voice, acting and dancing.

Students will receive training from Mary Lynn Luke and Jay Tryall, both experienced in the art of theater and directors of the Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers annual theatrical production.

With this year being the second year of the Musical Theater Camp, Ric Chiapetta, of the Arts Association in Newton County as well as the producer of the camp, said the camp has expanded since last year. Last year, there were about 35 campers and this year, they are expecting 60 campers. Ashley Lazenby and Peter Swan have been added as dance instructors this year. Both of which have experience with the Covington Regional Ballet.

The campers are separated into two groups. The younger group of campers are rising 4th-7th graders and they rehearse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The older group of campers are rising 8th-12th graders and they rehearse from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We like to have that overlap so the younger kids can see what the older kids are doing," said Chiapetta.

At the end of the two weeks, campers will participate in a performance, which will essentially be a review of all the Broadway tunes they have learned. The end performance will be on July 20 at 7 p.m.

The cost of the two-week camp is $250. If you are a member of the Arts Association of Newton County, the fee will be reduced to $225. There also scholarships available, if a child cannot afford to attend.
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