Local music students attended Fine Arts Camps at Inspiration Point July 23 – Aug. 6. in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Music teacher Marcy Prescott had several students attend camp this year including Frederick students Abby Espinosa, William Guill and Aiden Guill as well as Morgan Bailey of Elmer. Espinosa attended vocal week and Bailey attended piano week. William and Aiden Guill attended piano and vocal weeks.
Camp Director Kathy Hickman said that this was the 12th year for the vocal camp and the 26th year for the piano camp.
The Youth Camps at Inspiration Point help students further their skills in vocals, performance, piano and strings. Students entering grades seven through 12, are eligible to attend, though the camp directors can make exceptions and accept younger students at their discretion.
This year, the vocal students performed a revue titled “100 Years of Broadway”, in which the students learned music from the early days of Broadway to more recent Broadway numbers.
“Vocal students attending Music Camp at Inspiration Point did ‘100 Years of Broadway’. They celebrated the history of Broadway and our great heritage of musical theater in this marvelous choral medley by Mac Huff,” Camp Director Larry Baldwin said. “It was a pleasure working with the vocal students in master class, choral rehearsals and watching stage direction from Cheryl Hartung work magic on top of Candy Rock Mountain.
“The students also got the chance to be extra’s in ‘The Great Passion Play’ in Eureka Springs. Thanks to Kent Butler for giving the wonderful opportunity to be extra actors in this professional production.”
Espinosa said her favorite part was getting to work with new people.
“I loved working with the choreographer, the awesome music teachers who taught me a lot of things I didn’t know and the new techniques to do when I sing and dance,” she said. “I gained so much self-confidence at camp when performing in front of people. I had a lot of fun. The people at the camp made me feel right at home. Also, ‘The Passion Play’ was an awesome experience to see and be apart of. I definitely recommend going and seeing it. I will definitely be going back next year.”
Parker Lynn is a student of Hickman from Lawton. He said he enjoyed his first year of camp.
“The Passion Play was fun. It was fun to be in that. Normally you have to work a bunch of weeks just to be able to prepare and get in and we were able to get in and it was awesome,” he said. “I loved the ‘100 Years of Broadway’ and how it was directed. It wasn’t too complicated and I like how they put speaking parts in it so it wasn’t just song after song.”
Sydney Lynn was one of the students chosen to attend camp early. She also enjoyed performing in the “100 Years of Broadway” revue, but also loved learning new things.
“I liked that the lady who taught us to use boom-whackers taught us to play the song ‘Arkansas You Run Deep in Me,’” she said. “It was really fun. It was also fun to be in the ‘100 Years of Broadway. It was really hard but the hard work paid off in the end with a good show.”
The end of the two week camp culminated in a piano monster concert consisting of a Midi Lab and Piano Ensembles.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.