Spotlight Stage Summer Camps

Spotlight Stage Summer Camps


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  • By Mail: PO Box 1821, Waynesboro VA 22980
  • In Person: 521 W. Main St., Waynesboro VA 22980
  • Box Office Hours, 10am-2pm, Tuesday-Friday


Imagination Stage

Instructor: Lesley Larsen
Week 1/Grades rising K-1: June 11-15, 9am-12pm
Week 2/Grades rising 2-5: June 18-22, 9am-12pm
Tuition: $125.00 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
June 25-29, 9am-12pm
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
Grades rising 6-12
June 25-29, 9am-12pm
Tuition: $145.00 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, 9am-12pm
Grades rising 5-12
Tuition: $155.00 for one week or $275.00 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, 9am-12pm
Grades rising 6-12
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.


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.


Tracie Steger Skipper received a BFA in Technical Theater from Longwood College in 1996 with a focus in stage management. From there she went to work as an assistant stage manager, stage management intern or production assistant at Georgia Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Circle in the Square, Julliard, and The Mac-Haydn Theatre. Her first professional stage management job was with Theatre Works USA touring children’s musicals. She went on to work with Circa 21′ Dinner Playhouse, The Crown Uptown and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. In 2000 she moved to Charlottesville and became a volunteer at Live Arts. She was a big part of the move from 609 Market to 123 Water in 2003 stage managing the first show in the new “Downstage Theater” Grapes of Warth. She also lighting designed the first show in the new “Upstage Theater” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Tracie became a board member of Four County Players in 2004. During her time with Four County Players she produced and lighting designed numerous productions. In May of 2012, she became the Company and Production Manager for Live Arts and continued her focus on Lighting Design, by designing eight shows during that time for Live Arts and six for Four County Players. She also served as the master electrician for the American Highschool Theater Festival in Edinburgh Scotland for four summers. In 2017 she designed her first show with The Belmont Art Collaborative, Will and Whit and provided technical support for DMR shows. She is currently the production manager for the Wayne Theatre Alliance, in Waynesboro.


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.


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