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THEATRE SUMMER CAMP
FEATURING SHORTSTACK THEATRE COMPANY
The 5 & Dime is thrilled to partner with Shortstack Theatre Company to offer a summer camp program for children in our community! We have three one-week programs to choose from: the Flapjacks Acting Camp for our youngest campers, and the Hotcakes Acting Camp and Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp for our older campers.
Flapjacks Acting Camp: Ages 5-10
July 10-14, 9am-2pm
Performance: Fri. July 14 at 12pm
$150 for first camper per family, $127.50 for each additional camper
Young campers will enjoy playing theatre games as they learn about drama and develop acting skills. Parents are invited to join us from 12-1pm on the final day, as the students demonstrate what they have learned.
Hotcakes Acting Camp: Rising 6th-10th graders
July 17-21, 9am-2pm
Performance: Fri. July 21 at 6pm
$150 for first camper per family, $127.50 for each additional camper
A chance for young actors to hone their craft. Campers will spend the week working on pieces under the expert guidance of their counselors, then get a chance to show what they have learned in a performance at the end of the week.
Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp: Rising 6th-10th graders
July 24-28, 9am-2pm
Performance: Fri. July 28 at 6pm
$175 for first camper per family, $148.75 for each additional camper
An opportunity for young performers to expand their love for musical theatre through theatre games, musical song and dance numbers, and solo work. The week will culminate in a showcase of camper performances.
As graduates of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts here in Jacksonville, the members of Shortstack Theatre Company know first-hand how valuable an arts education can be. Having attended theatre summer camps as children themselves, they felt inspired to share their passion for theatre with the next generation of rising stars in their hometown.
We are inspired by the talent, drive, and professionalism of these college students, all of whom are enrolled in theatre-related BFA programs – from performance and musical theatre to stage management and theatre education.
Take a moment to view the staff bios below. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them!
Avery Sedlacek (Co-Artistic Director/Lead Acting Coach) is a rising sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. In 2016, he graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with an arts degree in Performance Theatre. While at Douglas Anderson he was a part of several productions; favorites include The Shadow Box (Joe), How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Twimble), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Carl), and Violet (Mechanic). Since joining the Shenandoah theatre community, Avery has been cast in several productions, including those through the university’s season (Guys and Dolls, Blue Stockings), as well as productions by the student-run Shakespeare Organization. In addition, Avery is a co-founder and artistic director of the Liminality Theatre Company.
Emily Suarez (Co-Artistic Director/Managing Director) is a rising sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama with a focus in Acting. Also a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Emily studied Musical Theatre. While at Douglas Anderson, she had the opportunity to perform in a variety of productions. Some of her favorites include: The Shadow Box (Maggie), How to Succeed…(Hedy LaRue), and Violet (Young Violet). She has enjoyed being involved with The 5 & Dime productions, such as Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and Absence. She was also a featured dancer in Felicia Rhoden’s rendition of The Nutcracker at the University of North Florida’s Lazarra Theatre, as Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy. She began teaching various styles of dance at age 14, instructing students ages 2-12. In her first year at CMU, Emily has taken part in Dance/Light, a student choreography dance concert as well as co-creating a piece entitled Dios Te Bendiga as a part of Carnegie Mellon’s ‘Playground: A Festival of Independent Work’. Emily is our leading coach/choreographer for Musical Theatre.
MacKenzy Clyne (Operations Director) is a rising sophomore at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management with a minor in Education. She is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where she received a well-rounded education in all areas of Theatre Arts. During her time at Douglas Anderson, MacKenzy served as assistant director for several productions including The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as two consecutive years of the Musical Theatre Spring Showcase and the annual school-wide production/fundraiser, Extravaganza, at the Moran Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville. MacKenzy also served as an assistant teacher to the freshman acting classes during her senior year, where she led warm ups, scene work, and administrative duties.
Nathaniel Bangi (Educational Director/Acting & Dance Teacher) is a rising freshman at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he will study Theatre Education and Theatre Performance in Emerson’s BFA program. He is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where he studied Performance Theatre and fostered a love for directing and theatre education. Nathaniel has been teaching theatre at the elementary education level for the past few years at schools including Pine Forest, John E. Ford, Spring Park, and others. Nathaniel’s experience includes stage management and numerous crew positions throughout his studies.
Alec Cosentino (Technical Director/Lead Improv Director) is a rising sophomore BFA Acting student at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2016 with an arts degree in Performance Theatre. While at Douglas Anderson, Alec performed in several productions, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wally Womper), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Jesus), and Violet (Rufus). He also gained valuable crew experience, which he has continued through DePaul’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Night Runner. Most recently he was the stage manager for the university’s Dying City. Alec also has a passion for competitive weightlifting, and he was proud to represent Team USA in the Youth World Championships in 2015. He carries this passion for fitness to others through teaching individual clients and children’s/youth fitness classes at Diesel 3rd Street Crossfit.
Logan Smith (Music Director) will begin his studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia in the fall, pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Logan will soon graduate from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where he majored in Musical Theatre. Logan is a 2017 finalist for the prestigious Young Arts National Scholarship in Theatre. While at Douglas Anderson, he had the opportunity to perform in various productions, favorites include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Finch), Parade (Britt Craig/Slaton), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear) and Violet (LeRoy). The community may also know him from Theatre Jacksonville’s 2016 production of The Little Mermaid as Prince Eric. A gifted musician, Logan is the resident Musical Director for the Shortstack Theatre Company, while also serving as the Assistant Musical Director for the Apex Theatre Company’s annual production of Godspell.