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Hendersonville Pediatrics sends kids to drama camp

0704 BoysGirls  cutline Shown with Boys and Girls children, from left, are Dr. Derek Moss, Boys and Girls Club director Scottie Parks, development director Julia Hockenberry; Tania Battista (seated), lead teacher for the YouTheatre camp; Dr. Linda Goodwin 0704 BoysGirls cutline Shown with Boys and Girls children, from left, are Dr. Derek Moss, Boys and Girls Club director Scottie Parks, development director Julia Hockenberry; Tania Battista (seated), lead teacher for the YouTheatre camp; Dr. Linda Goodwin

Fourteen middle school children at the Hendersonville will get a scholarship to a weeklong YouTheatre summer camp thanks to a $5,500 donation from Hendersonville Pediatrics.

"I was thinking about wanting to start a partnership in Hendersonville that is more substantive in working with YouTheatre in allowing children to develop their voice," said pediatrician Derek Moss. "I feel like this is kind of a starting point, both with the Boys and Girls Club and the YouTheatre."
After auditions, children will be selected "based on their interest in the program and based on their good behavior," Boys and Girls Club director Scottie Parks said. "We want kids to be rewarded."
"This is something that supports creative thinking," said Julia Hockenberry, develop director of the Boys and Girls Club. "Expanding our horizons at the Boys and Girls Club makes a big difference in the lives of the children we serve."
The campers will experience instruction in zumba, drumming, world music, improvisation and visual arts as well as a visit to Carl Sandburg National Historic Site to see the Playhouse Apprentice Company perform one of the Sandburg shows.
The students from the Boys & Girls Club will culminate their week of learning with their very own performance. They will combine their talents with the newest YouTheatre performing group, the Summer Vagabond Players (YT students from grades 5 to 9), for a show during the Harambee Festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at Sullivan Park on Seventh Avenue.