From left, Fredrick A. Tarrant, Dean of Reinhardt University’s School of Performing Arts, Ed Hill and Brian Osborne with a $1,000 check for students’ tuition at the university’s musical theater intensive.

For a fourth consecutive year, the Laurel Canyon Optimist Club has contributed to the tuition of students attending Reinhardt University’s Musical Theatre Intensive.

Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts’ summer day camp provides an opportunity for local high school students to enhance their theatre skills, including workshops in everything from singing and acting to set design and makeup.

“This past year has been hard, but we wanted to make sure to continue our support of these important programs,” said Ed Hill, member of the Laurel Canyon club. “We want to continue to raise funds and support the youth throughout Cherokee County.”

David Osborne, music director for musical theatre and opera and assistant director of music, said the two-week program offers high school students a fun, challenging place to develop their skills. Reinhardt faculty and musical theatre majors work with participants on skills including improv, monologues, audition cuts, breathing and body engagement.

This year’s camp will incorporate university COVID-19 protocols for social distancing and mask-wearing in rehearsals with performances outdoors and socially distanced for an exciting ending to the Musical Theatre Intensive. Last year’s program saw a virtual camp without a live performance.

“The Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon has been instrumental over the years in helping support talent and the financial needs of families in Cherokee County,” Osborne said. “This group provides support all year long in a variety of capacities throughout the county, and they have again been so gracious to connect with us again. Many thanks!”

For more information about the Reinhardt’s Musical Theatre Intensive, visit www.reinhardt.edu/schools-programs/school-of-performing-arts/musical-theatre-intensive.

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