Surry Arts camps set, scholarships available


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The Surry Arts Council will be offering need-based scholarships for all of the organization’s upcoming camps with funds from the Kester Sink Scholarship Endowment, Mary Tucker Scholarships, and a new scholarship program from local dentist, Dr. John Gravitte.

Camps will be offered over the summer in theater, visual arts, dance and exploration. Camps begin June 11 and run through the summer.

Youth Acting Camp: One Act will kick off the summer, running June 11-15 and 18-22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Instructor Shelby Coleman will lead daily rehearsals that include the basics of blocking, memorization, characterization, and performance. The camp will end with a production of a one-act play; the cost is $45.

The annual Arts Alive camp will start June 18 and will run through June 28, with one 4-day session for ages 3-5 (June 18-21) and another for ages 6-11 (June 25-28). Arts Alive meets from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each day with lunch provided.

This year’s theme is Discover Mount Airy, and participants will explore local culture through music, dance, drama and crafts with instructors Madi Chitty, Shelby Coleman and Kayla Ellis.

The Arts Alive Parade, Festival and Entertainment, for all ages, will be June 28 from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Family members are invited to attend. The festival will include face painting, crafts and a performance on stage by the participants. The cost for Arts Alive is $35 for Surry Arts Council members and $45 for non-members.

Missoula Children’s Theatre will bring “The Secret Garden” to the Andy Griffith Playhouse stage this summer.

Children ages 5 (having completed kindergarten) through 18 are invited to this week-long drama experience that ends with a full production of “The Secret Garden” on July 14 at 2 p.m.

The camp is July 9 through July 14, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch is provided. The cost of Missoula Children’s Theatre is $150, with discounts available for siblings.

Jim Vipperman and Marsha Todd will lead Surry Strings and Old-Time Dance Camp for ages 6 and up from July 16 through July 19, 10 a.m. to noon each day at the Historic Earle Theatre. Young musicians will be introduced to fiddle, guitar, and old-time dance with hands-on learning opportunities and will learn about the area’s music and dance traditions.

Lunch is provided and the fee is $75. Surry Strings Camp is sponsored in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

July 16 through July 20 princesses are invited to Princess Training Camp. Princesses ages 3-5 will meet from 9 a.m. until noon each day and princesses ages 6-11 will meet from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Participating princesses will learn etiquette, manners and movement as well as enjoying a craft each day. Princess Training Camp is led by Madi Chitty and Shelby Coleman; the fee is $65.

Madi Chitty leads Kids Visual Arts Camp June 25-June 29, 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. each for ages 8 and older. Students will explore painting and drawing basics and create works each day, including their own Jackson Pollock-style tee shirt.

An exhibition of student art and reception will be held Friday, June 29. The cost is $50 and all materials are provided, class size is limited.

Artsmart 5 returns from July 23 through July 27, 9:30 a.m. to noon each day for ages 6 and older. Kayla Ellis guides students through five days of classic art instruction, surveying and making art in the styles of renowned artists. Registration is $65 and all materials are provided; class size is limited.

Outer Space Camp lifts off July 23-27, 9:30 a.m. to noon for ages 6-11. Campers will channel their super powers as they travel through the galaxies and each will create a journal of their space adventures. Led by Madi Chitty and Shelby Coleman, the cost is $45.

From July 23-July 27, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., ages 9-12 are invited to Ballroom Basics Camp to learn ballroom and salsa basics with Shelby Coleman. The camp ends with a fiesta for all participants. The cost is $35 for Surry Arts Council members and $45 for non-members.

Shelby Coleman leads Dance Camp July 30-August 3 which offers an introduction to ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, lyrical and theatrical dance. Ages 3-5 meet 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; ages 6-11 meet 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and ages 12-18 meet 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for council embers and $45 for non-members.

Registration for all summer camps is available online at www.surryarts.org, by phone at 336-786-7998, or at the office at 218 Rockford St., weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Scholarships are available for all summer camps and applications are available online or at the office. Staff members are available to assist with completing scholarship applications.

For additional information, contact Antonia Cawley at 336-786-7998 or [email protected]

Jim Vipperman will be leading the Surry Strings camp this summer.
Jim Vipperman will be leading the Surry Strings camp this summer. Hobart Jones | Surry Arts Council

The Missoula Children’s Theater will be in Mount Airy July 9-14, working with local children to produce “The Secret Garden.”
The Missoula Children’s Theater will be in Mount Airy July 9-14, working with local children to produce “The Secret Garden.” Hobart Jones | Surry Arts Council

Princess Training Camp will be July 16-July 20.
Princess Training Camp will be July 16-July 20. Hobart Jones | Surry Arts Council

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