246 The Main Summer Drama Camp is about to begin. It is scheduled this year for July 8-11 with the Camp Show set for Saturday night, July 13 at 7:PM. In years past they have managed to bring some pretty amazing people as kick-off guests to start the camp off. They include: Elvis tribute artist, Taylor Rodriguez; theater major Ellie Evans; dynamic Broadway duo, Spence and Nikki White, who now direct Forest Middle and High school productions; Arnulfo Jacinto, Lynchburg’s favorite painter/artist extraordinaire; and Thomas Nowlin, originally from Brookneal, now doing stage/film work in Richmond.
This year, 246 is bringing professional actress, Francine Locke from Nashville to teach and delight campers. Francine has over 20 major film credits to her name, one playing opposite Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” She will tell about her career, and teach campers to hone their skills.
This year’s camp theme is “Forward To The Past,” a play on words from “Back To The Future.” Campers will delve into the world of silent films to glean basic insights about acting using facial and body awareness. Campers will chose one of these tracks of concentration: dance, acting or sound/lighting technology. Each track will use silent film to teach old/new techniques. In addition all campers will have break outs in makeup and set design.
Instructors are excited about getting started. Suzanne Jennings will be teaching makeup, and will focus on tone, not color. Glamour head shots will be taken of all campers that will be posted on Camp Show night. Lisa Baldwin will teach the acting track using a silent film actors will study and replicate and then campers will have an opportunity to create a shortened version creating their own lines. Kolby Cordingley will teach the dance track to “The Entertainer,” a classic piano number from the age, complete with derby hats and canes.
Carl Davis assisted by Noah Pool will teach the tech track, highlighting new skills that will be used for the camp show which is run totally by campers. Donnalynn Davis will teach set design with each camper having a chance to render art to the set for the show.
If all that weren’t enough, campers are taught about the process of auditions by doing so for a solo vocal spot in the show, three of which are chosen and another four for a quartet, all performing their song choices.
The kick-off guest will announce a title to all campers who will be divided into five groups to write and act in their own original skits. The best two will perform in the Camp Show. Campers will also get a backstage tour, stage direction info and basic theater etiquette.
Campers get a Camp - 19 tee-shirt and a different lunch and snack every day. Camp runs 9:AM-4:PM Monday through Thursday and costs $60 ($50 for additional campers in same immediate family). Registration forms are available in the lobby or by calling 434.376.2461. Space is limited to 40 and is filling up quickly. Check www.246themaintheatre.com and/or watch “Living In The Heart of Virginia” on Channel 13 the week of July 17 for more details.