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Newton Arts Association holds musical theatre camp at NCCA

Student’s from last year’s Newton Arts Association’s Musical Theatre Camp rehearse a 1960s routine for their performance. The camp has a different theme each summer. This year’s camp has a 1980s theme called “We Got the Beat.” (Special photo)

Student’s from last year’s Newton Arts Association’s Musical Theatre Camp rehearse a 1960s routine for their performance. The camp has a different theme each summer. This year’s camp has a 1980s theme called “We Got the Beat.” (Special photo)

COVINGTON — The Arts Association in Newton County is getting ready to take students back in time a few decades with its upcoming Musical Theatre Camp, beginning on July 7.

With a 1980s theme entitled We Got the Beat, the camp will have students incorporate singing, acting and dancing into a final performance scheduled for July 18 at Newton College and Career Academy’s Porter Auditorium. Rising fourth- through 12th-graders will spend two weeks learning various songs and routines from 1980s pop culture.

“We just sort of submerged ourselves into the culture of the 1980s, with TV show theme songs and musical theatre numbers that were on Broadway back then,” said Mary Lynn Luke, the camp’s musical director. “The idea is supposed to be to give them an in-depth understanding of music and dance from the ’80s.”

Although Luke did not know the specific musical numbers that will be performed, she stated that the “Glee” version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a rendition of The Go-Go’s’ “We Got the Beat” are on the horizon.

The camp performs a different theme each summer. Last year, students performed a 1960s-themed show, while another theme was a spinoff of “Glee” in a previous year.

Along with Luke, Ric Chiapetta will be serving as the camp’s director, and Jay Tryall will be the acting director. Chiapetta is the Arts Association’s artistic director, while both Luke and Tryall have experience in theatre and are directors of the Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers’ annual theatrical production. Ashley and Peter Swan, who teach Broadway dance and direct the Covington Regional Ballet, will be overseeing the camp’s dance routines.

At a cost of $250 per student, rising fourth- through seventh-graders will attend the camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while upcoming eighth- through 12th-grade students will attend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the July 18 performance at the NCCA auditorium are $5 per person.