The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 15, 2013

ECC to host summer theatre, music and dance camp for students

By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Edgecombe Community College (ECC) will host a summer theatre, music and dance camp for students ages 9 and up the last two weeks of the month.

“It is a practical view of the basics of theatre,” said Roberta Cashwell, camp director and program coordinator of the Associate in Fine Arts-Theatre Arts curriculum at ECC.

Cashwell has invited several professionals to speak with the students about different aspects of the business during the camp. Dirk Lumbard, former Broadway performer, will teach a master class in musical theatre. Among the other professionals are a former Russian ballerina, who is now a professor of dance at East Carolina University; Lisa Jolley, an improvisation artist from Raleigh; a casting agent, who will talk to the students about how to audition; and a photographer, who will talk to the students about the importance of headshots.

“When people think of theatre, most people think about the performance part. What this shows is there are a lot of fun things to do in the theatre other than the performance,” Cashwell said.

Besides the classroom and workshop component of the theatre camp, the students will have the opportunity to perform in a musical review – “Broadway Beat.”

“Everyone works backstage, everyone performs in it,” Cashwell said. She will work with co-directors Dooley Ezzard, music director for Rocky Mount Academy, and Trish Bradshaw, owner and artistic director for Dance Studio “B” in Wilson to put together the musical review. The review will include music from “Grease,” “Hairspray,” “The Music Man,” “The King and I,” “Wicked” and “Rent.”

“It hits a nice range,” Cashwell said, noting that “The King and I” and “The Music Man” are “classics that go way back,” where the other musicals are more modern Broadway hits.

The curtain will rise for “Broadway Beat” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

All of the classes will be held in the Keihin Auditorium on ECC’s Tarboro campus. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, beginning July 22.

Between 20 and 25 students participated in last year’s camp, said Cashwell, and the students ranged in age from 9 to college age.

The cost of the two-week camp is $175. To register, contact Cashwell at 823-5166, ext. 218 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:cashwellr@edgecombe.edu" cashwellr@edgecombe.edu. Register as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the camp.

Cashwell has taught theatre arts and creative writing classes for more than 30 years, according to her biography. She has created more than 65 roles in theatres from Texas to Long Island. She founded a community theatre troupe, the Tar River Players, in 2005.