Claflin University is hosting an intensive residential camp designed to provide high-level artistic instruction to youth entering grades six through 10 in a college environment. It is funded through a S.C. Arts Commission Arts Education Grant.
The camp will conclude on Saturday, June 16 with a musical theater production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
Claflin University Intensive (CUSAI) Residential Camp participants are taking classes led by college professors in acting, art (graphic design and jewelry making), dance, music and video production while preparing for the culminating musical theatre production featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, and book by Chad Beguelin.
Participants are also mentored by college students majoring in one of the artistic disciplines.
“The college students are encouraged to maintain relationships with their mentees beyond the camp in hopes that they will continue their journey to college, majoring in one the artistic disciplines studied during CUSAI,” said Annette Dees Grevious, CUSAI program director and acting professor.
Other professors teaching in the program are Michael Fairwell (video production), Raishad Glover (graphic design), Taylor Johnson (music), Tabitha Ott (jewelry making) and Cedric Rembert (dance).
College mentors are Myles Coverson-Springs (dance), Esther Jones (music), Alexis Pipkins (video production), Austin Reynolds (art) and Kayla Richardson (acting).
“Aladdin Jr.” will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in W. V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.