0

Performing arts campers take stage

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Summer day campers at the Trinity Performing Arts Academy in McDonough are preparing for their July 22, "Shades of Broadway" performance at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Summer day campers at the Trinity Performing Arts Academy in McDonough are preparing for their July 22, "Shades of Broadway" performance at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton.

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

About two dozen campers have been training and rehearsing all summer, honing their talents in song, dance and acting, for an extravaganza to showcase their hard work later this month.

At Trinity Performing Arts Academy, youth are finishing up weeks of study in the performing arts in what is called the Shades of Broadway summer day camp. It is the second year for the camp, which takes place May 31, through July 29, according to academy owner, Chris Scott.

Scott said she has been in theater for 35 years, and wanted to do something to cultivate the performing arts in young people. She said she has spent 20 years on stage in off-Broadway productions and short films.

The veteran thespian said she opened the academy -- located at 369 McDonough Parkway in McDonough -- as a way to provide local youth with an opportunity to expand on their talents in the performing arts.

"I believe that every child needs the arts," Scott said. "This is a regular school for acting, singing, and dancing... They'll go back to school and not be afraid to speak in front of a crowd."

Scott said the academy plans to host an extravaganza on Friday, July 22, a culmination of the production for the Shades of Broadway summer camp.

The production, Scott noted, will include scenes from Broadway shows like "Grease," "A Raisin in the Sun," and "West Side Story." The performance, called "Shades of Broadway: A Journey from out of Space," will be held at Nash Farm Battlefield, at 4361 Jonesboro Road in Hampton. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for the performance call (678) 262-9949.