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Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy
June 27 - July 3, 2021 (tentative)

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Created and directed by Sherwin Mackintosh and Carrie Kelsey (pictured), the Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy WILL have its third year in the Southeast! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to hold an overnight camp at the Swamp, BUT, we are excited to announce that Shining Stars will be holding a Day Camp at Farmstead on The River this year on July 20-24, 2020.

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Farmstead On The River (pictured) is a beautiful facility about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta that offers a great chance to commune with God and nature as well as provide all the serious teaching and performance aspects for which Shining Stars has become famous. We will still include many aspects of the Swamp that students love and crave. Shining Stars will be July 20-24 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day.

We are taking the following special precautions, following the CDC and state guidelines.

• Providing proof of negative test result for teachers and campers
• Daily temperature checks
• No shared food
• Class groups no larger than 10 students. 
• Auditions will be held to place students in groups based on skill level, potentially having 6 different groups for the class rotations.
• Group classes will be held primarily outside in the open air.
• Social distancing will be observed
• Teachers will wear masks or face guards when possible
• Hand sanitizer will be provided and groups will regularly take breaks to sanitize
• There will be minimal shared equipment and any shared equipment will be sanitized in between uses

*We will continue to closely monitor CDC and state guidelines and will send our revised and more detailed precautions as we get closer to camp.

 

For our Final Showcase last year, Camp Swamp's Dining Hall was transformed into a performance venue (watch video) including professional lights and sound. This year, we will be presenting a Virtual Showcase, featuring professionally-captured videos of the performances that we will be learning. As one of our classes this year, the students will also be instructed by an industry expert on how best to film themselves. This is especially important as all of us enter into more digital and virtual auditions and performances.

Last year, Shining Stars brought students from literally around the globe. We may be somewhat limited on that this year, but we hope that many will join us from around the Southeast as well as from the Atlanta area. For out of town students, many local families have agreed to host some of you. If you are interested in learning more about having your student stay with a local family, please let us know. We are excited about seeing everyone face-to-face, albeit a mask-covered face! But masks have been a staple in the theatre world for centuries! We can make this work, have a lot of fun and creativity doing it, and provide some in-person fellowship that we have all been dying for!

As many of you know, Sherwin and Carrie were two of the Producers of the recent revival of the musical, Upside Down. Sherwin was the co-writer (along with Steve Johnson) and Carrie was the Assistant Director and Choreographer. What you may not know is that both Sherwin and Carrie taught at the PK Yonge Performing Arts Center at University of Florida for several years after 17 years of performing and producing productions in New York City. Along with Sherwin and Carrie, we are again assembling a first-class group of teachers and professionals who have made careers performing in the Arts, while at the same time, keeping God first in their lives. The combination of being excellent in our craft and holding strong to our convictions as disciples continues to be the foundation for the Shining Stars Performing Arts Academy.

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Shining Stars will be a great experience for anyone looking to build their confidence, leadership training and talent development. (Pictured: 2018 Participants) Studies show that students involved in the Arts score higher on SATs and learn to be more comfortable in social situations. So whether you are just starting out or have been performing since you were born (we've heard the stories!), there is a place here for everyone to grow in a very safe, non-threatening environment. And if you are thinking about trying to make a career in entertainment, there will also be special classes on how to use your talents for God while thriving spiritually in the field of entertainment. 

Join us today and prepare for the Stage of Life!

The Academy will feature a very distinguished set of instructors whose experiences include Broadway, TV, Opera and Screen Writing. Throughout the week we will be learning selections from some of the greatest plays and musicals, including excerpts from the recent revival of Upside Down.

Rave Reviews...

  • Shining Stars Camper
    Shining Stars camp was really fun! It was great getting to meet other kids that had the same interests as me. I loved getting to learn from professionals who had experience working in the industry. I learned a lot, and had fun working on the musical numbers as we prepared for the show. They picked some of my favorite musical theater songs, and it was cool getting to perform them at the end of the week. I am looking forward to going back again.”
    Sydney Sessions, 12 years old, Alpharetta, GA
  • Shining Stars Camper
    Shining Stars was awesome! I made new friends and had new experiences. I also grew spiritually and grew closer to God. I learned from the talented people around me and had tons of fun while doing it.
    Ty Brown, 9 years old, San Antonio, TX
  • Shining Stars Camper
    I loved Shining Stars Camp!! It was so amazing witnessing people in the Kingdom of God stay true to The Word when in the performing arts business. It gave me hope learning that I can truly use my talents for the Lord. I think my favorite part was dancing because Mr. Paul definitely pushed us past our limits. :)
    Emerson Faith Howard, 15 years old, Athens, GA
  • Shining Stars Camper
    The Shining Stars Performance camp was an incredible experience to expand my performing horizon all to strengthen my relationship with God. I was inspired to be around real life examples of the staff, who use their talents for God. My favorite part about camp was being around people like me who are interested in live performance, and being able to perform with like-minded people.
    Ryan Mertz, 16 years old, Greensboro, NC

SHOWCASE

Shining Stars Showcase

The week will culminate in a special Showcase for all the parents with professional lights and sound! There will be group numbers, smaller ensembles, and even some solos!

Shining Stars Sound Board

And if Technical Theatre is your thing, there will be opportunities for Lights, Sound, Costumes, and more.

Join us today and prepare for the Stage of Life!

Shining Stars will be a great experience for anyone looking to build their confidence, leadership training, and talent development. Studies show that students involved in the Arts score higher on SATs and learn to be more comfortable in social situations. So whether you are just starting out or have been performing since you were born (we've heard the stories!), there is a place here for everyone to grow in a very safe, non-threatening environment. And if you are thinking about trying to make a career in entertainment, there will also be special classes on how to use your talents for God while thriving spiritually in the field of entertainment.


Farmstead on the River
1565 Green Drive
Canton, Georgia 30114


Monday - Friday
July 20-24, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Daily

Key Registration Information

$275 per Camper Registration Fee
Due at time of registration.
No discounts.
Must register by midnight July 1.
Limited to 40 Campers.
Minimum of 30 or will be canceled and all payments refunded.

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