Students awarded scholarship to New Stage Theatre Day Camp

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JANS – New Stage Theatre announces its Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive for rising 6th – 12th grades culminating in performances of Mean Girls, Jr. Fifteen full tuition scholarships were awarded helping Mississippi students attend the camp who would otherwise not have a chance. Scholarships were based on an audition, letters of recommendation, and an essay written by the potential recipient.

Students receiving scholarships to attend the 2019 Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive are: Johnecia Reniece Campbell (Jackson), Kya Danielle Jackson (Clinton), Charlie Perna (Clinton), Lauryn Smith (Jackson), Khloe Lenoir (Madison), Katelyn Williams (Brandon), Paige Barker (Jackson), Brooklyn Bailey (Jackson), Kennedy Carruth (Flowood), Naomi Willis (Flowood), Harlie Hamilton Hunt (Flowood), Brooklynn Jefferson (Jackson), Jacob Jefferson (Jackson), Seneca Kelly (Byram), and Ella Jai Young (Ridgeland).

The New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education department strives to bring professional, progressive acting instruction to youth throughout Mississippi with its summer camps, yearlong acting classes, and touring workshops. The Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive provides a comprehensive theatrical learning experience for ages 11-18.

“Education is an integral part of our organization’s mission and the Broadway Junior camp is one of the most exciting times around the theatre,” said artistic director Francine Thomas Reynolds. “It is awesome to witness eighty young people from both private and public schools; from so many of the Metro area communities, participating in dance, voice, acting, and stagecraft classes together. Not only are the students experiencing the best theatre education and training available in the state of Mississippi, they are learning important life-long skills such as problem-solving, self-confidence, and teamwork.”

Generous sponsorship for the summer program and the production is provided by The Walker Foundation, and the Field Co-Operative, Inc.

From June 19 to July 16, 2023, campers are receiving daily theatrical instruction from experienced acting, dance, and voice teachers, as well as taking master classes in stage combat, voice/diction, directing, sound design, storytelling, and mask making. Additionally, the students are integrating what they learn in the classroom into the final production of Mean Girls, Jr. The performances are July 13-16 at New Stage Theatre and all participants in the camp are cast in the play.

For more information on the New Stage Theatre Education Programs, call (601) 948-3533, ext. 232 or email

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Students awarded scholarship to New Stage Theatre Day Camp

By Jackson Advocate News Service
June 26, 2023