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Avila to host fourth drama camp this summer

March 29, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - For the fourth straight year, Avila University will host a two-week drama camp for students between grades 7-12. The camp is scheduled to run from 9 a.m .- 5 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, from July 25 - Aug. 6 at Goppert Theatre on the Avila campus, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Mo. The two weeks will culminate with a performance of the famous H.G. Wells story, "The Time Machine," at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 in Goppert Theatre.

According to Gene Mackey, producing artistic director at Theatre for Young America in Kansas City, the camp is divided up into technical training and workshops in the mornings and rehearsals for the production in the afternoons. Mackey said students get opportunities to work with a professional director as well as Avila faculty and students.

"They get a very well-rounded experience," Mackey said. "It's a big deal for these high school students."

Tuition for the camp is $295, which includes all supplies and costumes. Students are asked to bring their own sack lunches.

"The camp really helped me break out of my shell," said Anne Breitenstein, an Avila theatre student and a former camp participant. "I was able to work with all new people from different backgrounds that had the same feeling I had about the art of theater. I made friends that I still talk to to this day. I had so much fun learning all different aspects of theater, not just the acting part. I feel as if everyone was able to let go and be silly and were happy about it."

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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.