Summer Theatre Camp for Kids

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Could a Hollywood or Broadway star of the future be in Marshall County this week?

A summer camp instructor in Guntersville says it's possible.

"These kids may be the next movie star or they may go on to do crew with a Broadway show and tour with it, you never know," Jared Wright said.

The 17-year-old high school student is teaching at The Whole Backstage Children Theatre's summer program.

His first show as a performer was four years ago, and even though he's still a student, he found a part time summer job working with kids much younger.

"You could pay me a huge amount of money in the world and nothing compare to the smile on their face that you see when they're up there and the lights are on them and they're enjoying every single minute of it," Wright said.

Some of the children haven't even started elementary school, but they are already studying to be performers.

"We danced and we singed and we did crafts and other stuff," Maddigrace Murray said.

At four years old, she's the youngest of the campers.

The rest range in age from five to 15.

The kids started learning choreography Monday, for dance routines in part of a show called "Lost in the Circus."

Some picked it up quickly, while others have a few more days to get it right.

"They learn all the things that the big kids learn," director Kelleybrooke Browne said.

"Dance, and acting, and crafts, and lighting design and set design and script writing.  We do classes and camps year round and we hope that you'll come play with us."

The four-year-old Murray was glad she came.

"i'm having a fun a lot here," she said.

The kids will perform "Lost in the Circus" Friday for their family and friends.

The teenage instructors spend the afternoons working on a show of their own, "The Patchwork Girl of Oz," which they will also perform Friday.

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