The Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Windsor Performing Arts Academy to present its third annual summer musical day camp. This summer campers, middle and high school students, will perform a Musical Theatre International production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.
It tells the story of Millie Dumont, a young girl who has moved to New York City in the 1920s. Based on the movie, the play includes new songs and jazz numbers.
Heather Cullen, artistic director, said she chose the play because of the dance numbers. “It gives a lot of kids the opportunity to shine. There is so much dancing that the kids are almost always on the stage,” said Cullen.
The musical camp has been in session for three weeks 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 17 campers have worked to learn the processes involved when producing a play, including singing, dancing, designing costumes and sets. Ten volunteer high school students will help with behind-the-scenes work for each performance.
Although participants entered the camp with varying levels of experience, Cullen said they have all learned a lot. “I can see how much growth in personal skill and self esteem these kids have undergone because it’s a safe environment. They are free to learn and free to make mistakes.”
The group will perform three times this weekend at the Windsor High School Theater on Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. and two shows on Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.
“I expect the audience to be delighted by the kids’ positive energy,” Cullen said.