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Drama Camp set for FHS


Farragut High School theater teacher Lea McMahan is on a mission to interest students in drama classes as early as possible.

Last December, McMahan and several of her drama students took their show on the road – to Farragut Middle School – to perform for both the middle school students as well as Farragut Intermediate School students.

This summer, McMahan will invite the students to come to FHS for a summer Drama Camp.

“It is for kids ages 8-14,” McMahan said.

“We are going to work on a lot of basic acting and performing, things like characterization and storytelling, movement and some non-verbal command.

“We have a comedy improv team and we are kind of known for that, so we are going to do some improv with the kids and maybe some musical theater also,” she added.

McMahan said the camp is something she has wanted to do for a while.

“It has been in the back of my mind for a while now and I think this year is just a really good year to do it. I have a lot of good, very strong, young talent. Also, our department has grown and I think I have the manpower to do it,” she said.


“I noticed there are several camps, like basketball camps, that go on in the summer and they have small children out there playing on the courts and I thought, ‘theater is basically a team sport also,’ and the younger they start the better off we will all be in the future,” she added.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24.

Students will be able to put what they learn to use in a Performance Showcase beginning at 3 p.m., Friday, June 23, to which all parents and guardians are invited.

McMahan has planned a full day for participants.

Morning sessions will focus on performance training, including sessions in character development, movement and non-verbal communication, storytelling and expression, musical theater techniques and improvisation.

Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to scene work with partners, monologue study and rehearsal for the Friday Showcase.

All sessions will be taught by current FHS drama students.

“I am having the students apply for jobs. They are applying for different positions and different areas to coach. I have had quite a few already turned in,” McMahan said.

She said there will be around 12 student coaches, maybe more, depending upon the number of participants. Participants will be supervised at all times.

The camp is intended to benefit both its participants and its coaches.

“Of course I am interested in my students learning and I think they will get as much out of it as the younger kids; but also, we have such good community support here in Farragut for our theater and I think we will have a lot of people who will be interested in that way, and also because you can never start too young,” McMahan said.

The fee for the camp is $100 per student and includes all sessions.

Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 31, and space is limited.

“This is our first yeat doing this, so this year I am sort of shooting for 30 or 35 campers, and then next year expand a little more,” McMahan said.

“I kind of want to get our feet wet before we just jump in there, maybe just ease into it and expand in the coming years,” she added.

A detailed camp brochure and itinerary can be downloaded from www.fhsdrama.org

To sign up for the camp, call FHS Drama at 865-671-7167 or visit www.fhsdrama.org for an application.

 

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