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Marvin Ridge High School to host summer junior drama camp

Students ham it up for the camera to highlight the fun that awaits those in grades two through seven who participate in the first Marvin Ridge High School Junior Theatre camp June 27-31: Christian Regan, Elizabeth Krug, Jordan Lewis, Collin Beach, Skylar Van Blarcom, Winston Sims, Ellen Bailey and Trevor May.
Students ham it up for the camera to highlight the fun that awaits those in grades two through seven who participate in the first Marvin Ridge High School Junior Theatre camp June 27-31: Christian Regan, Elizabeth Krug, Jordan Lewis, Collin Beach, Skylar Van Blarcom, Winston Sims, Ellen Bailey and Trevor May. COURTESY OF RENEE BEACH

A cadre of high school actors, Theatre Arts Booster parents and Marvin Ridge High School’s drama teacher, Winston Sims, have joined forces to present a week of fun and learning about musical drama.

The Marvin Ridge High School Junior Theatre Summer Camp will be July 27-31 for students in grades two through seven. The camp will be at Marvin Ridge High School from 9 a.m.-noon (8:30 a.m. check-in).

For the safety of the students, parents must walk in to drop off and pick up participants.

“We welcome all… students. You do not have to be from the Marvin Ridge district to attend,” said Marvin Ridge Theatre Arts Boosters Secretary Renee Beach. “Registrations will be accepted from public, private, parochial and home-school students. Our tagline is, ‘Spread the Word… Tell a Friend… All are Welcome!’”

The fee for the camp is $175. If more than one child is registered from a single household, then a discounted fee of $160 per student will apply. Beach also said a limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For scholarship information, contact Collette Bailey, 704-219-6727. The last day for registration is June 30. Reservations can be made at marvinridgetab@gmail.com.

The five-day camp includes instruction and practice in vocal performance and singing, costume design, choreography, playwriting, character development, energy and improvisation. The experience culminates in a Friday Showcase at 11:30 a.m. July 31.

Parents, family and friends are invited to attend a short performance by the junior theater campers as they perform some of what they’ve learned.

This is the first time a five-day camp has been offered.

“We tested the interest in a junior theater camp by offering one-day camps on Saturdays, and they were hugely successful,” Beach said.

Proceeds from the camp will go to scholarships, improving the program and supporting the Marvin Ridge International Thespian Society, Troupe 7704.

Details: text or call Renee Beach, 859-240-2333.

Museum of the Waxhaws

Museum Director Mary Alice Wilson said that at 7 p.m. June 13, Union County educator Nora Brooks will assume the persona of Lottie Moon and tell the audience of Moon’s life, work and faith.

Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the museum’s website: www.museumofthewaxhaws.org.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Brooks portray Robert E. Lee’s youngest daughter, Mildred Lee, and Stonewall Jackson’s widow, Anna Morrison Jackson; her personal transformation into the characters is amazing.

Brooks said Charlotte Diggs (Lottie) Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary in China from 1873 until her death in 1912. She was an extremely educated young woman for her day, achieving the equivalent of a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Brooks said Moon was fluent in six languages and eventually added Chinese. Brooks also said Moon dedicated her life to service. Her pleas for workers and funding led to the establishment of an offering named in her memory taken every Christmas season in Southern Baptist congregations. Since the first Lottie Moon collection in 1888, more than $2 billion has been raised, and every penny goes to missions.

“It all started when a high school friend of mine, Wanda Eubanks Adcock, asked me to bring (Lottie) to life for a ladies luncheon at her church,” Brooks said of her interest in Moon. “I agreed out of friendship, not realizing at the time what a great adventure was in store for me. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church mission programs of Sunbeams, Girls in Action and Women’s Missionary Union, so Lottie was just a household word.”

Speak Up Union County

Speak Up Union County has a new meeting place.

From 7-9 p.m. June 11, Speak Up Union will meet at Created in the Carolinas, 216C W. North Main St. in downtown Waxhaw. The featured storyteller will be Frances Lee O’Neal from Winnsboro, S.C.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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