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Sherwood to host drama camps

ALBANY, Ga. -- For the third year in a row, Sherwood Christian Academy will be hosting summer day camps for children who would like to stretch their acting skills.

According to King's Kids Production Company directors and Sherwood Christian Academy teachers Vicki Knuckles and Jackie Byrd, the drama camp will be presenting two plays this year for each age group.

Rising kindergartners through third-graders who participate in the summer camps will have the opportunity to perform "A Year with Frog and Toad Kids." Rising third-graders through ninth-graders will perform "The Music Man Jr."

"A Year with Frog and Toad Kids" summer camp will be June 28-July 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the "The Music Man Jr." summer camp will be July 5-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Both of the plays have been scaled down for younger children, but there are costumes and sets just like they would have if they were doing a big show," said Knuckles.

Auditions for the summer camps are being held Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Sherwood Christian Academy's lower campus at 2200 Stuart Avenue. Knuckles said children do not have to prepare for the audition.

"During the audition, we just talk to them and maybe we will sing a little bit to just gauge what part they fit best in," said the director.

For those unable to make the audition dates, additional auditions can be scheduled for children who wish to participate.

Cost for the camps are $135, which includes a listening CD, a script and a show t-shirt for each participant. The summer camps will be held at Sherwood Christian Academy's upper campus at 1418 Old Pretoria Road.

"With the 'The Music Man,' we need lots of boys. There are a lot of parts in the show for young men who want to participate," Knuckles said.

According to camp coordinators, the summer camps are open to anyone within the age groups who would like to join.

"Everyone is invited to participate. They don't have to go to the school or even live in Dougherty County. We want everyone to participate and the great thing is that everyone who auditions gets a part," said Knuckles.

During the week-long camps, coordinators said children will study to learn their parts and dance routines and on Friday they will perform for family and friends.

"There is no admission for coming to see the Friday shows. It is really a great thing for the kids. We have had over 150 people come to watch the performance," said Knuckles.

For more information about the King's Kids Production Company summer day camps call (229) 347-9818.