Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance’s Summer Spotlight returns in July

Registration is ongoing for a series of Summer Spotlight Camps presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance on the Troy Campus.

Registration is ongoing for a series of Summer Spotlight Camps presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance on the Troy Campus.

The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance’s Summer Spotlight will return to the Troy Campus in July, providing participants with opportunities to learn and hone their skills in the fine and performing arts.

The event, now in its 12th year, features six programs for creative young people of all ages.

“Summer Spotlight offers a unique opportunity for young people to be immersed in creativity, exploration and self-expression through the arts for a full week on the Troy Campus,” said Tori Lee Averett, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “The Spotlight spirit is all about supporting one another as you focus skills, share your ideas and talents, and step out of your comfort zone to try new things and meet new people. We encourage independence, courage, and respect for self and others during a week full of serious fun on our university campus.”

The series of camps will kick off with a Creative Drama “Mini Spotlighters” Camp, a weeklong half-day camp for children ages 4 to 7, and a COMICAMP, a weeklong day camp for children ages 10 to 12. Both camps will take place July 5-9.

New this year, the COMICAMP gives opportunities for creative children to make their own characters, stories, illustrations and come away with an original comic book of their own. The camp is a collaborative effort of the University’s Departments of Art and Design and Theatre and Dance.

A Creative Drama Camp for children ages 8 to 13 is set for July 11-16, providing opportunities for young performers and those who choose their creative talents behind-the-scenes.

The Performance Intensive, Tech and Management Intensive and the new Film Intensive camps are scheduled for July 18-24 and are weeklong, residential camps for high school and college students. Participants will be immersed in all aspects of theatre, dance and film, on stage and screen or behind the scenes. The intensive camps provide participants with the opportunity to interact with peers, college faculty members and guest artists from throughout the country.

“Spotlight participants of all ages come away with a sense of accomplishment, community and a sense of growth and expansion,” Averett said. “Plus, they’re absolutely spent from the energy and fun they’ve shared together. We’re most gratified when we hear that they feel like they belong here at Summer Spotlight and at TROY, and we love to see them return year after year.”

For more information or to register online, visit www.troy.edu/summerspotlight. Additional information is also available through the Department of Theatre and Dance at theatreanddance@troy.edu or at 334-808-6142.

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