The Rising Stars Theatre Camp is presenting Suessical, Jr. in a free public performance on Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m. in the Jay High School auditorium, 7611 Marbach Road.
One hundred students from 10 middle and high schools have been attending the theatre camp for the past three and a half weeks under the direction of choir and theatre teachers. Participating schools are Holmes, Jay, and Stevens high schools and Jones, Neff, Pease, Rayburn, Ross, Rudder, and Zachry middle schools.
More than 75 students will take on performing roles this year, with another 25 backstage supporting the show with props, costumes, lighting, and set design. It’s a quick production schedule that challenges all involved.
This is the fifth year for the Rising Stars summer camp theatre program which is a collaboration between the Fine Arts and State and Federal Programs departments.
“Everything worn on stage, all props, acting, singing, technology, is a result of great teaching and incredible student learning,” says Fine Arts Director James Miculka. “For the first time in some students' lives, they have learned how to sew fabric, use hand tools, project their voice with articulation, or even stand on stage in front of large groups of people. Incredible ‘life skills’ are acquired by the students in our Title I schools through this program.”
Holmes High School senior Makayla Sloan has been part of the program all five years and credits Rising Stars with helping her gain confidence as a performer and a leader.
“The first year I was quiet and shy, but I started getting out of my shell,” Sloan says. “You learn how to express yourself and I don’t have to be Makayla, I can be a character.”
Though she’ll miss being onstage, Sloan hopes to be in the audience next year cheering on the group she’s worked with since she started the program in seventh grade. She plans to pursue theater in college.
Previous productions included Beauty and the Beast Jr., Aladdin Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and Alice in Wonderland Jr.