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Reynolds' Theatre Summer Camp
Reynolds' Theatre Summer Camp
Posted on 05/18/2018
A.C. Reynolds High students rehearse for their 2018 spring musical production of Sister Act.By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department

This summer, the stage of A.C. Reynolds High School will be transformed into a magical and mysterious world, as second- through eighth-graders gather for the debut of an innovative new theatre summer camp, culminating in a performance of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Led by Reynolds’ Teacher of the Year, Mr. Robert Reid Goodson, local special-effects make-up artist Ms. Alyson Ireland, and several experienced Reynolds High thespians, the camp will build a foundation in theatre arts for young students.

Goodson, known in his school as simply “Mr. G,” is in his third year as the Rockets’ theatre arts teacher and was the mastermind behind the successful spring musical production, Sister Act. Trained in Educational Theatre through New York University, Mr. G formerly worked with New York City’s Center for Arts Education, and served as the Managing Director for the Tift Theatre for Performing Arts in Tifton, Georgia. It was in Tifton where he first organized summer theatre programs, and he saw a similar opportunity here in the Asheville area through Buncombe County Schools.

“We have had athletic and band camps, but until now we haven’t had anything for the theatre arts,” explained Mr. G. “I saw this need in the community and a way to help students discover themselves while exploring the arts.”

Hosting a summer camp is a perfect way to help young learners develop a love for the stage, while also giving his experienced high school students opportunities to lead, he said.

"I love working with kids,” said Reynolds junior Zachary Mace, who will serve as the program’s music director. “This is a great way to work on my own passion and help bring kids into the arts.”

The camp is open to local second- through eighth-grade students of all skill levels, with the goal of building a basic foundation in theatre arts, including acting, singing, dancing, staging, and working as a team. The two-week afternoon program concludes with two evening public performances of the popular Disney musical Sleeping Beauty, arranged specifically for kids.

Mr. G is a fan of Disney’s kids musicals because they help teach fundamentals, even for students who have never performed or read music before.

Autumn Eudy is a senior who played a lead role in the Rockets’ recent spring musical, and she looks forward to serving as a camp counselor for second- through fifth-graders.

“This is a great way for me to help influence the next generation of theatre participants,” she said.

Camp Details
Students will arrive at Theatre Camp on June 18 and will attend from 1-5 p.m. daily through Thursday, June 28. The evening performances will be held at 7 p.m. on both June 28 and 29. An application, fee information, and other details are available through the A.C. Reynolds Theatre Arts website.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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