A previous ASU Theater Summer Camp on-stage performance (photo-credit: David Campbell/ASU).
ASU Hosts its First-ever 'Virtual ' Theatre Summer Camp for Area Youth!
- Inaugural "virtual" performance is Saturday (July 18) @ Noon on YouTube and Facebook.
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.
The first-ever virtual performance of Alabama State University's Theatre Summer Camps will take place at noon Saturday (July 18), via YouTube and Facebook.
The four-week camp, titled Virtual Performing Arts Camps Experience, targeted campers between the ages of 6 to 23 years-old who have a thirst to learn about all aspects of the theatre and acting arts.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, camp classes were conducted completely in a virtual setting, according to ASU faculty member Dr. Wendy R. Coleman, who is the executive director for the camp.
“Like most things today, our theatre summer camps were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While the virtual performance concept is not new, it’s very new to ASU's venerable summer camp theatre program,” Coleman said. “We had no idea how it would really work or come to fruition, but the students and parents have been amazingly flexible and supportive during the process. I believe the Hornet Nation and the public will be delighted at our finished performance on Saturday."
HOW IT WAS TAUGHT VIRTUALLY
Coleman explains that camp classes were taught to 65 campers, via the Zoom app. The diverse courses included acting, music and dance. After the first few hours of instruction, campers rotated classes. The second-step in the process was assimilating the virtual premier, which included recording the scenes, songs and dances that will be edited together to create the final production on July 18.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Kenderick Hardy, camp director and acting instructor, stressed keeping the camps going during the coronavirus pandemic was paramount to the theatre.
“This idea was sparked in my spirit when I thought about all the campers who have been positively impacted over the years through the ASU Theatre summer camps. Even though we were unsure of how it would look, we had to do something,” said Hardy. "We’re glad we followed the instinct to try something new. It’s been an amazing journey thus far,” Hardy added.
HOW TO VIEW IT ONLINE
The direct YouTube link to view Saturday's ASU Theatre Department's summer performing camp's virtual performance is
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.