Theater camp will rock this year

TUPELO – Since Broadway has been enamored with shows like “Memphis,” “Grease” and “Hairspray,” Tupelo Community Theatre Camp will celebrate the music of the ’50s and ’60s.
“It’s all that rock ‘n’ roll vibe,” said Allana Austin, camp director.
From July 26 to July 30, kids from first to eighth grades will learn about dance moves and songs from Suzanne Oakley. Austin will teach the acting segment.
Morgan Ricks will add a new twist by teaching the campers about makeup, hair and costumes.
“We’re talking ponytails and puddle skirts for the girls,” Austin said. “For the boys, maybe we’ll slick their hair back and give them the Superman curl in front.”
Campers who will be in first to fourth grades in the fall will meet from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and kids from fifth to eighth grades will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $100.
Their lessons will be put to good use on July 30, when students show off their new skills during a pair of free performances on the Lyric Theatre stage. The younger kids will perform at noon, and the other show will be at 5 p.m.
Of course, no exploration of the ’50s and ’60s would be complete without the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Austin has it covered.
“I have an Elvis Presley license plate on my car,” she said. “That’s what qualifies me to teach rock ‘n’ roll.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

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