Camp Hippodrome promotes performing arts for youth

Direction. Correction. Encouragement

That's what children get at Camp Hippodrome. It’s not your normal summer camp but one that promotes learning the performing arts.

Sponsored by the Hippodrome Foundation, it's a series of one-week camps where more than 300 middle school students from partnering schools can come and learn theater and stage from performers and past graduates.

"It’s really hard to teach them in four days but with these kids they want to learn and they're really excited to learn about this stuff,” said camp counselor Jordan Gillespie.

This camp is more than about performing, it pushes youth from the shadows of shyness and shines light on hidden talents

"Having a stage presence being on stage you know, I feel like when I get on stage I'm supposed to be there,” said Imani Turner, an eighth grader.

Added Anisa Reid, another eighth grader:

"I learned that I can sing very well and do theater and I can become something if I try hard.”

And the Hippodrome Foundation makes sure everyone can attend

"Camps like this would be may be $1,000 just for this one week and it's free for them and that's another thing I like seeing is the diversity of all the kids,” said camp counselor James Cooper. 

The campers will be performing on stage before invited guests tomorrow, but don't come expecting a middle school recital 

"They shouldn't expect a bunch of kids,” Turner said. “They should expect people that are older than usual, people that have grown and people that will do their best and it will be great.”

Those interested in leaning more about the camp can visit the Hippodrome Foundation website.

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