musical theater experiences await area youth this summer, courtesy
of The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre
and Dance and the School of Music.
“Both of these programs are going to
be a wonderful and exciting experience for students who are interested
in musical theater as a hobby or a possible career,” said
Susan Ruggiero-Mezzadri, outreach and education coordinator for
the Symphony Orchestra at Southern Miss. “It is a unique opportunity
for school-age students to work with the superb Southern Miss faculty
and guest faculty from both the School of Music and the Department
of Theatre and Dance.”
The first session, the Musical Theatre Training Institute,
will be held June 5-11 for ages 15-18. Day and overnight options
are available. Tuition ranges from $450 (room and board) to $265
Students will work with Dr. Maryann Kyle, assistant
professor of music and director of Southern Opera and Music Theatre,
and Southern Miss theater alumna Ginger Pool, as well as other faculty.
Instruction includes acting training, voice lessons, dance and movement
training, and personal coaching.
The Institute will conclude with a public performance
by the participants presenting a scenes program/variety show to
include solos, duets, trios and ensembles.
Geared for ages 9-15, the second session, Midsummer
Musical Theatre Experience, will run July 18-30 in conjunction with
the Southern Arena Theatre season. The day camp will run Monday
through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and organizers say “no
experience is necessary.”
The experience will culminate in the production of
Delia Ephron’s How to Eat Like a Child
and Other Lessons in Not Being A Grown-Up. Camp directors
are Robin Aronson, assistant professor of theater and Dr. Jennifer
Shank, assistant professor of music education.
"This is a great opportunity for youth
in the area to be able to perform as part of the Southern Arena
Theatre season at Southern Miss,” Aronson said. “There
will be five performances scheduled at the end of the two-week day
camp. This musical is so much fun and will inspire both performers
and audiences alike."
The musical attracts everyone who refuses to grow
up or who wants to learn how to be young again. A step-by-step tutorial
in song and skit in the fine art of being a kid, it is a wry, tuneful
glimpse at the tricks and strategies of successful kidhood.
Similar to Session 1 in June, students will receive
vocal coaching, composition classes, set and costume instruction,
as well as movement, dance and acting training. The tuition is $300
per student and some need-based scholarships will be available.
"The Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience
will be two weeks of creative learning that culminates in a full
theatrical production complete with music, costumes and sets,”
Shank explained. “All students are welcome regardless of previous
experience, as it designed to afford the students a full artistic
experience from beginning to end."
For more information or questions regarding Session
I, contact Ruggiero-Mezzadri at (601) 266-4001 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Session 2 information, contact Aronson
at (601) 266-6442 or e-mail at email@example.com
or Shank at (601) 266-6944 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.