For the past week, more than 80 area students have been honing their singing, dancing and acting skills at the Midland University Young Americans Summer Camp.
Alongside members of the Young Americans, students have been participating in a variety of classes on the local university’s campus and on Friday they will get the chance to show off their talents.
Campers and Young Americans will be presenting their final performance on Friday inside the Wikert Event Center on the campus of Midland University. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 2 p.m.
The final performance allows students who have participated in 35 hours of comprehensive performing arts classes including vocal techniques, dance, comedy, improvisation, stage movement, sound and lighting to show off what they have learned over the last week.
“We really want to challenge ourselves and the students we have been working with to try new things and believe in themselves,” Camp Co-Director Ira Kramer said. “We want them to use the tools that they have to allow them to try new things, and maybe put more tools in their tool belt, so they can be successful in all things in life, not just the arts.”
According to Kramer, the two-hour long show will feature a variety of individual and ensemble singing, dancing and acting performances.
“We open the show with everyone dancing together, then we go into a choral section,” he said. “The Young Americans are pretty deeply rooted in a choral tradition, so then we go to a choral section where we sing a medley all together and then feature the different groups that we have divided the campers up into.”
The show then breaks up into different medley sections, including a sports medley, inspirational medley and billboards medley. Campers will also perform as featured soloists throughout the show.
The inspirational medley will feature songs and choreography created by the campers, while the sports medley involves improvisational acting.
“We have done some improv (sic) acting classes with them and the Young Americans prescribe to the idea of ‘yes and’, which is a big principle of improv,” Kramer said.
The billboard medley includes songs and dance numbers to hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today.
The finale of the show will include songs from popular Disney movie “The Lion King.”
“We feel really honored to be able to share that with the students, because it means so much to us as an organization,” Kramer said. “It’s really kind of symbolic of the entire week of camp, and the students’ growth and their ability to overcome their own personal insecurities.”
Tickets to the show are $10 for students and $12 for adults.
For more information about the Young Americans program and organization, visit their website www.youngamericans.org.