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Arts camp closes with a song and dance

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Two weeks of rehearsing dance steps, musical numbers and acting roles, as well as enjoying photography, painting and making papier-mache sculptures, culminated Friday for 150 children with the staging of Arts Clayton's summer-camp-finale show.

The production, entitled "Lights! Camera! Action!" featured the youths singing songs from musicals, television shows and movies such as "Grease," "SpongeBob Square Pants," "High School Musical," and "Finding Nemo."

"It's an outlet for the children to explore their creative side," said Felicia Warner, the camp's show director. "Not all of them are interested in racquetball, tennis or basketball. Some of our kids are in to the arts."

Before the children came on stage to start singing, Arts Clayton Summer Camp Coordinator Sara Cookson told parents they should encourage their children to continue exploring their artistic side, even though the camp has ended for this year.

"Through art, we can bridge gaps and come together, as these kids have learned to do by working together on this show," Cookson said.

Hakeem Frazier, 10, a resident of Jonesboro, said he was sad to see the arts camp come to an end for another year. Frazier won a blue ribbon in photography for one of his photographs, entitled "Sitting Nature."

"I'm going to miss everybody, because we've done so much together over the last two weeks," Frazier said.

"It was awesome, because it was fun," said Antonia Hardin, 9, a Jonesboro resident, who won a blue ribbon in the sculpture category for her recreation of "Nemo" from the hit movie "Finding Nemo."

"If anyone asked me about the camp, I would say it's lots of fun, especially for the people who are into the performing arts, because you get to sing and dance," Hardin said.