Spotlight Stage Summer Camps

Spotlight Stage Summer Camps

Imagination Stage

Instructor: Lesley Larsen
June 11-15, Grades rising K-1 9am -12pm
June 18-22, Grades 2-5 9am -12pm
Tuition: $175.00 per week
Using dramatic play, movement, music, with a hint of visual art, we will explore a variety of theatre subjects such (but not limited to) improvisation, physical theatre, and acting. We will hone our theatre skills by exploring new creative paths and learning to take artistic risks. We will explore what it takes to create new characters and bring them to life through improvised play. We will celebrate our final class with a demonstration of the techniques we learned during the workshop.

Dance Boot Camp

Instructor: Cory Willis
Grades rising 6-12 9am-12pm
June 25-29
Tuition: $175.00 per week
Dance Boot Camp combines an hour and a half of comprehensive jazz dance technique with stretch and conditioning together with an hour and a half of learning an exciting and energetic musical theatre combos to songs from our favorite musical shows!

Theatrical Makeup Camp

Instructor: Hank Fitzgerald
June 25-29
Grades 6-12 9am-12pm
Tuition: $175.00 per week
Character makeup plays an important role in theatre and helps breathe life into a play. In this interactive course you will explore stage makeup techniques and hair styling. Through hands-on work, you will learn techniques to create character, animal, age, fantasy, and special effects designs, including period hair styles.

Musical Theatre Camp

Instructors: Hank Fitzgerald, Taylor Farnsworth
July 9-13 and/or July 16-20
Grades 5-12
Tuition: $175.00 for one week or $250.00 for both weeks
In this musical theatre workshop, you will work with theatre teachers, and other talented guest artists to explore the distinct challenges of musical theatre, acting techniques dance and song. Students will present a showcase at the end of each camp week.
Theatrical Production Camp
Instructor: Tracie Skipper
July 23-27
Grades rising 6-12 9 am -12 pm
Tuition: $175.00 per week

The Wayne’s Technical Theater program offers girls and boys training in transforming a bare stage into dazzling Broadway spectaculars. Students will explore technical theatre as they work alongside theatre professionals throughout the process of designing and building our summer show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The production process will include hands-on instruction in a variety of technical theatre areas, such as lighting, sound, costumes, and props, stage management and as well as an introduction to the design concepts for the production and directing.
The cost of this camp includes one student ticket to the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang performance dates August 9-12 and 16-19


About the Instructors

Hank Fitzgerald has been performing in professional and regional theater for over 20 years. He attended Shenandoah University and went on to portray the role of Aladdin in the Disney Cruise Line show, Magic Journeys and appeared in numerous shows at the acclaimed Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville, FL After returning to the Shenandoah Valley in 2005 , Hank has been involved in numerous production both onstage and behind the scenes. Some of his directing credits include Mary Poppins, Rock of Ages, and West Side Story at ShenanArts. He recently directed the Wayne produced musical The Secret Garden .Hank is founder and the director of the Spotlight Theatrical Education program at the Wayne Theatre.


Aaron Crosby is a second year teacher at Beverley Manor Middle school and has studied both history and theater throughout his collegiate career. “One of my favorite things is to match the energy of my students, so they can get the most from my teaching.” Aaron hopes to bring a new level of quality to his students when it comes to learning about the theater arts and having fun!


After graduating from The New School in 2015, with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Taylor Farnsworth has been blessed to experience both sides of theatre as a performer and educator. Taylor has taught with several local theatre organizations including VA rep, The Oakland School, and Richmond’s Christian Youth Theatre. Taylor is thrilled to be apart of the summer program at the Wayne and looks forward to impacting and inspiring students to fulfill their passions on stage.


Lesley Larsen has been working as an actor for more than 20 years. She has a BFA in acting from Brigham Young University and her MLITT/MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She teaches theatre at James Madison University. She works professionally as a director, an actor, and a voice actor. She has performed with the American Shakespeare Center, the Actor’s Repertory Theatre Ensemble, 540, and exit, pursued among others.  She has directed productions such as You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, and The History Boys. She also teaches Voice Acting and Improvisation at various theatres around the country. Lesley lives in Waynesboro with her husband and ridiculously cute girls.


Kat McLean is a junior Music Education major at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She is studying choral conducting with a concentration in voice. Kat recently finished her 10th musical; some of which include “West Side Story”, “Mary Poppins”, “Footloose”, and “White Christmas”. She has music directed shows through ShenanArts such as “Mary Poppins” and “West Side Story”, and she is currently music directing “Xanadu” and “Shrek the Musical” through the Wayne Theatre. This is Kat’s second year involved in summer camps with the Wayne Theatre.


Cory Willis has been dancing and choreographing professionally since the age of seventeen. He has extensive experience in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and ballet technique. He started his career on tour with the hit kids television show “Ragg’s Kid Club Band.” He has performed with the Atlanta Opera’s “Aida” as a principal dancer at the renowned Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre located in Atlanta, Ga. Cory has danced along side Ashlyne Huff in her music video titled “Heart of Gold” which premiered on MTV. He has also worked with Tyce Diorio as a principal dancer in “Drop Dead Divas.” Cory has taught and choreographed for numerous studios across the south east which include: Southern Dance Connection, Oconee Youth School of Performance, The Dance Loft, Dance FX Athens, Dance FX Charleston, Dancensations DanceCenter, and Valley Dance Theatre. Most recently he was an adjunct professor of dance at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., where he also choreographed the musicals Sweet Charity, and White Christmas. This past year he moved to Staunton, Va., and has since been highly involved at the Wayne Theatre and instructs at Valley Dance Theatre under the direction of Kimberly Field. Cory takes pride in helping others learn, grow, and giving them a creative outlet that also provides a healthier life.


© Wayne Theatre Alliance | All Rights Reserved. | P.O. Box 1821, Waynesboro, VA 22980 | 540.943.9999 | Site design by Augusta Free Press