Summer Scholars Writer's Camp and Production Camp

3-Week—Writer’s / Production Camp, June 11-July 2, 2017
Week One: Writer’s Camp: Writer’s scholars create and develop an original script for the ON STAGE production. Applicants must submit an original 1,500-word short story. The writers spend time creating the story line, developing characters in relation to the number of participants in the production camp (usually 45 to 55 campers), and suggesting musical numbers to fit the story. A small number of writers can opt for a “songwriting track” which will afford them the opportunity to write original songs/music for the two-week Production Camp.

Weeks Two and Three: Production Camp: Campers develop their talents in music, dance, and drama through intensive classes during the first week. All scholars practice choral techniques, rehearse basics in contemporary Broadway style and jazz dance, and participate in extemporaneous role-playing activities. Since production camp involves the use of many talents, students with multiple skills, especially those who play musical instruments, will be given special consideration. Activities during the first week will consist of try-outs for the parts in
the production, blocking, and initial rehearsals. Week two is vigorous with full rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and the final productions, which are presented to the public at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday July 1, at 1:00 p.m.

Who is eligible: 

Students in grades 7-12.

Special Restrictions: 

Eligibility Requirements
A letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor. Verification of current or past participation in a state appointed program for gifted or talented students.
Demonstration of talent. Applicants may send a five minute video audition tape/CD or VD demonstrating talent in music, drama, or dance. A video of a recent production
delineating character is acceptable. Live auditions may be scheduled upon request.

Applicants must submit a copy of an original short story (minimum of 1,500 words) or play which they have written. (Previous participants in Writers’ Camp still are
required to submit a new short story.)

Pre-registration is required and all fees must be paid in advance of the camp. A deposit of $150 or the total registration fee must accompany the application form. Applicants
will be notified when their application is accepted, and further information will be sent with additional information about the program.

Applications An on-line application is available at Additional information is available by calling Joe R. Underwood at 662.323.8969.

Type: Overnight Camp

Sponsoring Unit: 

The Office of the Dean, College of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Communication sponsors the program.

Other Information: 

The camp is a a non-smoking and alcohol free program. The Summer Scholars program consists of residential, tuition based camps that are housed in Cresswell Residence Hall across the street from the theater in McComas Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University.




Dr. Joe Ray Underwood, Director
Summer Scholars Camps
222 Hiwassee Drive
Starkville, MS 39759
662-323-8969 (home) or 662-312-2911 (cell)

For More Information: 

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