Summer Spotlight offers learning for students of all ages

Posted: Tuesday, 28 May 2013

TROY – Troy University will shine the spotlight on drama and dance in July for its Summer Spotlight programs.

Hosted by the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance, four camps take place during the month, beginning July 8-12 with Spotlight on Dance for ages eight through 12. Julie Mulivihill, a choreographer, professional dancer and teacher currently based in Georgia, will serve as the camp's guest artist


July 14-19 is Summer Spotlight's Creative Drama Camp for ages four – 13. Participants here for this camp will spend a week studying acting, movement, storytelling, stagecrafts, and playwriting. Carson Butterworth, a graduate of Georgia College and State University, will serve as this camp's guest artist. An actress and teacher, Butterworth holds a master's degree in art education and an undergraduate degree in theatre.

Rounding out the month is Summer Spotlight's Performance Intensive and Tech Theatre Intensive July 12-27. For high school and college students, the intensives provide an all-star experience and focused training in dance, theatre and technical theatre.

Serving as guest artists are:

Dean McFlicker, the award-winning VP of Primetime Special Projects at NBC, who has worked on hit shows Smash, The Voice, America's Got Talent, and many more. He's an accomplished choreographer and performer whose work is international.

Jeremy Rich, who is currently casting the hit musical The Book of Mormon and has served as Global Casting Director for Disney. He has worked in the stage and film industries for many years, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Tommy Newman, a TROY alumnus, is a musical theatre writer and composer and the winner of the Cole Porter ASCAP award among many other honors. His work is in development in New York City and across the country.

Additionally, Theatre and Dance faculty members Quinton Cockrell, Chris Rich, Mike Schafer and Tori Lee Averett, Spotlight's director, will also conduct classes at all three Summer Spotlight offerings.

“This is our fifth year with this program and every year it gets bigger and better," said Averett, a TROY alumna, adjunct faculty member and musical theatre teacher in Georgia.

“Virtually all ages of students from pre-K through college students can benefit from Summer Spotlight," she said.

For more information, or to register, call the Department of Theatre and Dance at 334-808-6142, email Lee at, or visit the department online at

Anna Maria Mollica, left, of Alabaster, and Baine Ellis, of Cataula, Ga., rehearse with other members of the cast of the Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance's Performance and Technical Theatre Intensive, a part of the department's Summer Spotlight series, last summer. The pair were part of high school and entering freshmen students who participated in the camp, one of four hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance in July.