Introducing drama to youth is FHS camp goal

Farragut and other area youths have an opportunity to let their dramatic side shine when Farragut High School’s Admirals Performing Arts Company hosts its annual FHS Drama Camp for rising-kindergartners through rising ninth-graders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30, in the Commons at the school, 11237 Kingston Pike.

Dr. Anthony Wooley, FHS theater teacher who runs the camp — which is open to any rising first- through ninth-grader — will be assisted by 17 Farragut theater student counselors.

“Some children tell us it’s the most fun they have the entire summer,” said Angie Liske, Theater Arts Boosters president.

She pointed out there is talk about how youths do not contribute, but “this is an example where a department of students love theater so much they share an entire week, plus extra activities, just to bring the theater to these youngsters who may not know how awesome being part of the theater world is.”

Camp participants “will learn all the basics of all the different theater elements, including acting, singing and dancing,” said Aimee Klenske, TAB vice president. “It just provides a glimpse of what theater is like at the high school level.”

The camp, which costs $125 per child, will culminate with a rummage sale, which is open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 31, on the front sidewalk area of the school.

The sale, scheduled to take place rain or shine, will feature tools, furniture, clothing, electronics, books, toys, home décor items and include more.

“We’re raising money for APAC,” Klenske said. “We put on a huge musical theater production every year. This year, we’re doing ‘Nine to Five’ Dec. 9 through Dec. 11.”

The proceeds also raise money so FHS theater students can take part in the Comedy Improve Team, forensics and debate competitions.

The camp also is a way to “bring in lots of children so they can see how exciting and fun it is to be in theater in high school,” Klenske said.

“The kids will be split up into two groups: primary through intermediate and middle and rising freshmen,” she added. “The younger two groups and the older two groups will each put on a musical production at the end of the week. Plus they will put on little skits and things and a parent show.”

As for responding to the opportunity, “We are shocked at how many kids have signed up, and we’re so excited to share this with everyone,” Liske said.

While organizers prefer sign-ups before the event, Liske said children could sign up the first day of camp.

For more information about the camp and to sign up, call Wooley at

For more information about the sale, contact Liske at