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Lubbock Moonlight Musicals have perfected the art of outdoor theater over the last few years by staging impressive productions like "Peter Pan" this weekend. Now Robin Henson with LMM says the group is looking to expand its efforts by targeting young aspiring performers.
"You see something as a child and you wonder if you could do that or if it might be fun, but you don't have any way to find out if that's your niche," Henson said.
So organizers formed the Moonlight Arts Academy, a series of four-day camps throughout the summer where kids can learn some of this stuff they see on stage.
"The only failure is not trying," Henson said. "You might tap into a skill you didn't have last year but might have come to fruition this year."
Each camp will offer music, theater, and visual art segments for children ages 5-18.
While the Moonlight Musicals is expanding into camps, the Hub Performing Arts School that has classes year-round actually got its start with a kids camp in 2007. One group of performers is finishing a camp right now getting ready for a big performance Friday night. Founder Paula Chanda says it's an excellent opportunity.
"Camp is just a great time in the summer," Chanda said. "Kids get together and make new friends, they're busy, have fun the time flies and they leave camp with new skills."
Hub Performing Arts School has two more camps being offered this summer: the Triple Threat next week focuses on acting, singing and dancing. Then later in July it's Broadway Bound.
And Chanda says what they're learning now can last a lifetime.
"You don't have to want to be a Broadway star, she said. "The skills you learn in fine arts help them whatever profession you want to do."
And sitting in front of the TV all summer probably wont.Click here for the Hub Performing Arts SchoolClick here for Moonlight Arts Academy