Ohio University to Hold First Musical Theater Camp June 17-23

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For the first time ever, Ohio University is providing an in-depth musical theater camp for high school students, June 17 through June 23, culminating in a performance of Cabaret. The camp is being offered as both a residential camp and a day camp, including meals, after class activities and much more.

Classes will focus on acting, singing, dancing, and audition techniques, taught by a series of seasoned performing arts instructors.

WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke to Christi Camper Moore, a professional choreographer who is serving as an instructor at the camp, about the importance of arts camps for high school students, her personal journey to a career in arts education, and what kids and parents can expect from the experience.

Check out the full release on the program below. 

JUNE 17–23 | RESIDENTIAL | $495 
JUNE 18–23 | DAY CAMP | $265
Director: Andrew Ryker (Register)(Pay Now)
Ages 13–18 

High school students are welcome to join our inaugural Broadway at Ohio Summer Music Theater Camp culminating in a Cabaret review performance Saturday, July 23rd! Broadway at OHIO offers top-notch musical theater training for talented and aspiring students. Participants will receive classes in acting, dance, singing and audition techniques! Students will have the exciting opportunity to study with the Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice at Ohio University, Andrew Ryker, professional Choreographer Christi Camper Moore, and head of the Performance area at Ohio University Division of Theater Shelley Delaney.

Nightly activities may include access to David Dorfman Dance rehearsals and performances, Under the Elms Outdoor Summer Concert, cooking classes at the Culinary Studio, Copperheads baseball game, bowling night, movie night, collaborative art making at Passion Works Studio, sketch night, dance party… and more!

• Andrew Ryker, Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice at OHIO 
• Christi Camper Moore, Professional Choreographer 
• Shelley Delaney, The head of the performance area at OHIO Theater Division

Our tentative daily schedule includes four classes daily, and nightly activities! 

9:00-10:45—Dance technique for musical theatre
10:50-12:20—Movement Composition 
3:15-5:00—Acting, Improv or Collaboration-Based class that includes singing, dancing and/or acting. A class that includes an opportunity for students to bring in their own material, have guided time to work, and then receive professional and peer feedback.
5:00-6:30—Dinner / pizza party
6:30-10:00—Nightly group activities

Sunday, June 17—Arrival to campus. Registration begins at 3pm.
Monday, June 18—Classes begin.
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23—11am Cabaret Review Performance; Final day of camp & checking out of dorm rooms

Instructor Bios

Andrew Ryker is the Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice at Ohio University.  He is the former Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative and he has served on the directing staffs at New England Conservatory, Opera New Jersey and Des Moines Metro Opera.  Ryker’s productions have been seen with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston Opera Collaborative, Millikin University, MetroWest Opera, Drake University and New England Conservatory.  Andrew was the 2006 recipient of the Goldovsky Directing Fellowship with the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta and was a member of the Resident Artist Program at Opera North. Ryker has been featured in The Boston Globe, The EDGE and Classical Singer Magazine; his production of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River was named Boston’s “Best Staged Opera of the Year” by the Boston Phoenix.

Christi Camper Moore has a diverse background as a dance educator, choreographer, and administrator.  She has taught and held supervisory roles at all levels of K-12 dance education, worked as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Coker College (SC), served as the Arts Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, and held various positions in arts administration.  Her choreography has been presented throughout Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina including Independent Dance Makers (NC) and the American College Dance Festival (FL).  She is published in the Journal of Dance Education and currently serves as a book reviewer for the journal. Christi loves musical theater and her select choreography credits for the stage include: Hairspray, Urinetown, bobrauschenbergamerica,Fame, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Runaways, Oklahoma, Grease, The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific, Anything Goes, and Bye, Bye Birdie.  Christi holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography from Ohio University.  Christi is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Fine Arts and College of Education at Ohio University.

Shelley Delaney heads the Performance Area at the Ohio University Division of Theater, encompassing the PATP and the BFA in Acting. Her professional acting credits include work at The Cincinnati Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Victory Gardens (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Free Man of Color), GeVa, Cleveland Playhouse, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Florida Rep, Two River Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival, in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Shaw to contemporary world premieres. She most recently played Tammy Faye Bakker in Tammy Faye’s Final Audition in the first Tantrum Theater Season. Tammy Faye’s Final Auditionreceived ‘best of’ awards at both the Capital Fringe and Cincinnati Fringe Festivals. In New York City, Shelley has premiered work at New York Shakespeare Festival’s Plays in Process, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Rep Lab, HERE, The Ice Factory at the Ohio Theater, The Women in Theater Festival and many others. Her film work includes Radio Days, and the independent feature films: Claire in Motion, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Berlinale 2014), Hero Tomorrow, Relative Obscurity and Trailerpark.