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Summer Camp: Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts

May 23rd, 2013 7:43 pm by Staff Report

Summer Camp: Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts

Jonesborough Celebrates Arts Education

Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts announces its Summer Camp Schedule in Jonesborough. Registration for summer camps will take place at the newly renovated McKinney Center, located at the old Booker T. Washington School, 103 Franklin Avenue, Jonesborough. The Center opens this Friday for the first Jonesborough Juried Open Art Show. Students can stop by to view artwork and register for camps this Saturday.  The center will be open for summer camp registration this coming Thursday, May 30 from 4-6 p.m., and Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Students can also register by downloading a registration form online or requesting a form from

Conservatories begin with The Drifting Theatre Tots Camp, June 3 – 7 for ages two to seven. Take some time to bond with your little one while improving self-expression, coordination, creativity, teamwork and more. Experienced and caring theatre professionals will utilize theatre games and activities to build self-confidence. At the end of the camp, students will have the opportunity to perform on a real theatre stage for their family and friends. Theatre Tots will be taught by award-winning director Alaska Reece Vance. Classes will be offered Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. with a performance in the evening on June 7. Cost is $90 per child and family member with a discounted rate of $10 for additional siblings.

The Musical Theatre Conservatory will take place June 10 – 22, for children in kindergarten to 12th grade. Students will spend two weeks with their pure imagination, creating the musical Willy Wonka Junior under the consultation of talented directors, teachers and choreographers. Students will immerse themselves into an intensive training in musical theatre involving dancing, singing and acting, as they learn skills needed to become a “triple threat” onstage. Students will also design costumes, build and paint stage scenery and props, meet new friends and grow as artists together. All grades will work and perform together. However, we are offering half days for our younger Kindergarten to 2nd grade campers. Classes will take place the first week Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grades 3rd to 12th, Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children in kindergarten to 2nd grade and Thursday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. for children in kindergarten to 2nd grade. The second week, the schedule will be altered slightly to meet the needs of technical rehearsals. Performances will take place all day on June 21 and 22. Cost: is $200 for 3rd to 12th grades and $150 kindergarten to 2nd grade.

The USO Boot Camp will take place June 13 through 15 for 3rd to 12th grades. This musical theatre camp for JRT's up and coming USO recruits encourages students to study music, dance and costuming styles of the 1940s, as they get a chance to perform music and dance numbers from the show. Classes are June 13 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. with performances on the evening of June 14  the morning of June 15. Cost is $75. 

The Art Trek Camp will take place June 24 through 28 for grades 1st to 6th from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. for grades 7th to 12th. Students will stamp their passports and explore the colorful diversity of the world through art projects from many cultures. Taught by professional local art instructors, classes will incorporate a broad range of techniques and media, discovering each culture’s rich visual traditions. First to 6th grade students will create works from Native North America (Pueblo pottery), Asia (Sumi-e ink paintings and shadow puppets), Africa (Andrinka printmaking on fabric), Mexico (wooden animalito sculptures) and Australia (Aboriginal Dreaming dot paintings). Grades 7th to 12th will focus on murals. For both the beginner and advanced artist, students will also learn about world customs and celebrations, making the week a wonderful experience for both beginning and experienced young artists. Cost is $100 with supplies included.

The Summer Actor Training Program (SATP) of The Drifting Theatre will take place July 8 through 20 for grades 3rd to 12th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the past six years, The Drifting Theatre has brought professional theatre artists from all over the country to the Tri-Cities to teach and mentor young actors. During The Drifting Theatre's SATP, students will work on honing their acting and performance skills. This challenging and fun program provides an environment where both the seasoned actor and the stage-shy newcomer can blossom. During the program, students will have the chance to participate in a variety of classes including Acting, Stage Combat, Theatre Movement, Improvisation, Theatre Games, Dance Choreography, Flag Twirling, Auditioning, Monologue Coaching and more. The training program will culminate with a student production of the exciting, avant-garde play I Am Angel. Performances will be take place all day on July 19 & 20. Cost is $175.

A Stage Hands Conservatory will take place July 22 through July 27 at Jonesborough Repertory Theatre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 6th graders to adults. Created in 2008, Stage Hands is a performance style that calls actors to create a play using simultaneous spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL) when communicating dialogue. This camp will enhance students’ skills in storytelling and theatre arts through a variety of techniques using body language, movement, expression and ASL. Students do not have to be familiar with ASL to register. The goal of Stage Hands is to introduce hearing audiences to the beauty of ASL and Deaf culture. The training program will culminate with a student production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Performances will take place all day on  July 26 & 27. Cost is $100.

The summer conservatories end with the popular Shrek the Musical Workshop on July 30 & 31 for 6th graders to adults. Students will journey into the making of Shrek the Musical while studying with professional directors and theatre artists. Students will learn what it takes to bring a hit Broadway musical to the stage of the Jonesborough Theatre. Behind the scenes work for the regional premier of Shrek The Musical will include lighting, sound, scenic design, props, costumes, puppetry and more. Cost is $75.

For more information, please email or call 423-791-4779. Information for the arts program can also be found online at

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