Local Summer Drama Camps Gaining Popularity

Panama City - Sports camps are a favorite summer activity for thousands of kids across Northwest Florida, now drama camps are gaining popularity locally. Two dozen elementary and middle school students are busy putting the finishing touches on their presentation of "The Little Mermaid Jr."

The cast and crew have been working on the performance for the past 5 weeks as part of Summer Stock Productions drama camp. Mosley High School drama teacher Bruce Taws created the camp, which is in it's 8th summer. His goal is to get students involved in theater early on, so they will continue to pursue it as they get older. "It's mainly to provide kids that may not have an opportunity during the school year to be in a production. We try to do quality work and this year, I would say, is probably the best cast I've ever had, every year it improves," said Taws.

"I like acting because I like to play another character than just being myself. I get to act different and funny, said Caroline Coleman, who plays "Flounder." "I just love drama because, Mr. taws is just a great director. Some of the characters play off each other really well, its just so much fun," said Connor Woodrum, who plays "Sebastian." "I love drama camp because I love the cast and getting to know new friends and I just love singing, it's awesome," said Emma Hunter who plays "Ariel."

"The Little Mermaid Junior" takes the stage at Martin Theater Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Then next weekend the cast of "Legally Blonde" will perform, same time, same place. The cast of "Legally Blonde" is comprised of the older students who attended Summer Stock Productions the last 5 weeks. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults.


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