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Summer acting camps for high school students

KNOXVILLE — High school students will have an opportunity to learn acting and musical theatre techniques this summer when the Clarence Brown Theatre Company holds two Summer Acting Camps July 6-17 and July 20-31, 2015. The two-week camps will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and will take place in Clarence Brown Theatre performance spaces. Limited to 20 students per camp, each camp will culminate in a public performance showcasing the work and development of each of the attendees.

The camps will be structured into four areas: voice, movement, acting, and musical theatre.

Voice: Specifically designed to “free the natural voice,” participants will work on vocal technique, breathing technique, articulation, and how to approach various styles of spoken text.

Movement: With the goal of “guiding the body to be it most expressive self,” students will work on relaxation, body awareness, alignment via the Alexander Technique, focused breathing, yoga and tai chi.

Acting: With a goal to create “real and authentic characters,” the acting classes will focus around development of character through partnered scene work from award-winning contemporary American plays, as well as character and play analysis, learning objectives, tactics in scene work, and how to “play” an action.

Musical Theatre: In these sessions attendees will acquire basic sight reading skills, participate in group singing class, learn proper breathing techniques and effective articulation. They also will create several ensemble numbers from Broadway musicals which incorporate singing, dancing and acting. Selected small ensemble and solo work also will be undertaken.

“Many of our attendees will ultimately seek additional training at places like The Governor’s School, for example. Our camp helps prepare them for auditioning and winning coveted spots in the program. Our attendees also audition and win roles in plays at the Clarence Brown and in their own schools. But participants do not have to have the acting bug to get something out of the camp. Important skill sets like increased confidence, self-awareness, how to collaborate and public speaking are all important take-a-ways from the camp,” said Camp Director Terry Silver-Alford.

Silver-Alford, a member of the UT Theatre faculty, has worked as a musical theatre specialist for more than 25 years and has directed shows in professional, community, academic, high school and children’s theatre venues. His broad range of experience allows him to work with participants at a variety of levels and interests.

Veteran actor and UT Theatre artist in residence Carol Mayo Jenkins will return to teach at the camps. “Her career as a professional actress on Broadway and in film and television brings something very special to the camp and her teaching skills are unparalleled. She truly loves and nurtures the students through the intensive work regardless of level of ability,” said Silver-Alford.

David Alley, CBT Artist in residence will also serve as master acting teacher alongside Ms. Mayo Jenkins. David is a founding member of the CBT Acting Workshop and has performed professionally as an actor on stage, film and television. He has numerous CBT credits over the last 15 years.

Assisting David and Carol will be Lindsay Nance and Steve Sherman, third year MFA students here at the University of Tennessee.

The cost for each two-week session is $525. To register please visit the Acting Camp website at or contact Terry Silver-Alford at

Published May 29, 2015

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