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Drama Camp 2008

The Pell City Center will host its fourth annual drama camp from June 14 to June 25. The camp, which is open to children ages 5 to 14, is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It costs $165 per child.

Kathy McCoy, executive director of the Pell City Center, said she is excited about the camp and the opportunity to work backstage during production. With her five children grown, she said she will enjoy working with and teaching children. There were 39 children involved in the camp last year.

“We want kids to find their ‘voice’ in the theater,” McCoy said. “Whether it be acting, vocal or working with the set. There will be a lot of jobs for the kids. It’s an all-encompassing camp… We want to have a lot of fun.”

She said children come in from all over, and they have even had children from North Carolina who are visiting family for the summer come to the camp.

“We have a very talented group of children living in the area,” McCoy said. “It’s a really diverse group.”

This 10-day camp will be directed by Ashley Burrage, the fine arts department coordinator at the Donoho School in Anniston. Burrage will teach acting techniques, stage presence and costume and set design. Children will also learn musical skills during the camp.

“This camp helps children develop self-esteem through the theatrical arts,” Burrage said. “It is wonderful to see students get to experience the full process of doing a play — from rehearsals to set building and scenic design to make-up and costuming techniques to the big performance on Friday night.”

When students come to the camp, they will audition for a part in “Paintin’ the Fence,” which is a musical adaption of “Tom Sawyer.” Every student will receive a part, and they will perform the play at the end of the camp.

“Each summer that we have held this camp, I see children building friendships, gaining self-confidence and feeling like a star on performance night,” Burrage said. “It is truly an awesome experience that helps students realize their true potential, not just in the arts, but as a person.”

The students will perform “Paintin’ the Fence” on June 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

Registration forms for the camp are available online at www.pellcitycenter.com.

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