Summer Programming Announced for Chicago Music and Acting Academy

In-person or online summer theatre camps and intensives! Classes for grades 1-12 as well as our Pre-Professional Intensive for post-high school students.

Rising Stars: Broadway Bound
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 12 – 16 $325
Students entering grades 6 – 8

In this one-week camp, students will continue to develop their musical theatre performance skills, while creating an original piece of theatre. Our ensemble will devise and develop new works as they hone their acting, singing, and dancing abilities with inspiration from our favorite Broadway classics. This class pairs great with the Silver Screen Singers class!
*Price includes camp tee shirt

Junior Players: Dream Weavers
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
July 12 – 16 $185
Students entering grades 1 – 5

In this one-week camp, each student will learn about the building blocks of performance, while using their creativity to travel to amazing new worlds! Inspired by the magic of our dreams, we will explore how actors use the skills of their craft to bring characters to life, while using our imaginations to create original narratives. This class pairs well with our Treasure Hunters class!
*Price includes camp tee shirt

Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Intensive
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 19 – 30 $750
Ages 18 + audition required. More information at

In partnership with Downstage Arts, this two-week musical theatre intensive will allow actors to hone their craft and stretch their artistic muscles in a space that is about exploring, discovering and honoring each student’s unique voice. Students can expect private voice lessons, acting classes, acting the song classes, dance classes, specialty masterclasses, and workshops with industry professionals! Let’s celebrate that artists are lifelong students as we all continue growing together!

Musical Theatre Intensive
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 26- August 6 $750
Students entering grades 9 – 12

In this two-week intensive, students will receive specialized guidance on what it takes to be a musical theatre artist, including acting, singing, and dancing, with particular focus on being a whole artist and exploring your unique voice. This session will include private voice instruction and individual coachings, as well as masterclasses and workshops with professional actors, casting directors, and musical theatre professionals.
*Price includes camp tee shirt

Junior Players: Treasure Hunters
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
August 2 – August 6 $185
Students entering grades 1 – 5

In this one-week camp, each student will learn about the building blocks of performance, while using their creativity to travel to amazing new worlds! Inspired by the stories of fantastic journeys in search of rare treasures, we will explore how actors use the skills of their craft to bring characters to life, while using our imaginations to create original narratives. This class pairs well with our Dream Weavers class!
*Price includes camp tee shirt

Rising Stars: Silver Screen Singers
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
August 9 – August 13 $325
Students entering grades 6 – 8


The current state of the economic opportunity in Clarendon County could be summed up in two words: strong growth.

Clarendon County is celebrating its recent success in seeing a surge of economic development in part from the addition of new businesses.

Several new companies have made their way into the rural county, specifically at the Clarendon County Industrial Park on Jo Rogers Jr. Boulevard in Manning, with these companies investing more than $34.8 million and bringing more than 345 jobs.

The Clarendon County Economic Development team talked about the recent success in recognizing a boost in economic growth amid a challenging year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is probably the most busiest we’ve been,” said George Kosinski, executive director of the Clarendon County Development Board. “Clarendon County has always been successful at recruiting manufacturing projects, and they’ve got really successful this year.”

The park, which is less than a mile from Interstate 95, houses a dozen companies. The boom there started with last year’s Loctek, a manufacturer of ergonomic solution products, establishing operations in August 2020. It was soon followed by Westinghouse Electric Co. in December 2020. This year, announcements have come from On Time Distribution in March, Palmetto Yacht Management in April and F. Hunt Enterprise last month.

“We’ve had really good success building [speculative] buildings and, in turn, enticing companies to come and locate in that park,” Kosinski said.

F. Hunt was the county’s 11th in the industrial park dating back to the 1980s, he said. The industrial park has been a staple in the county and, according to Kosinski, this is the most businesses he has seen come to the county in nearly 15 years. To get all these companies to their area, the county’s economic development team worked with other officials in the City of Manning, Clarendon County Council and others to make all these “pieces” fit together.

“Everybody’s on board. They believe in what we’re trying to do, and they’re very supportive of their effort,” he said.

He said he thinks several factors contributed to the growth, including the proximity to the Port of Charleston and I-95. Since the Port of Charleston is nearly 90 miles away, truckers can stop by the travel centers at Exits 108 and 115 to rest and explore the city for leisure and food options.

“From a trucking standpoint … all of that helps them and continues to be able to move the product over there,” he said. “I think based on the location of their customers, whether it be in the Midwest or on the East Coast, they can easily get to them via truck within a day’s travel time.”

He said these companies can use the Port of Charleston to bring in containers of products from overseas then repackage and distribute products along the East Coast. He also attributed the growth of Charleston’s businesses reaching over to their and other counties, including Dorchester and Orangeburg. These new companies also lead to job availability with more people moving

12 Key Travel Advisories Announced in May 2021

The UK and USA are set to announce a quarantine-free travel corridor later today as part of the British government’s highly anticipated publication of ‘Green List’ countries according to sources who claim to be familiar with the matter. Only a handful of countries are believed to be making the Green List today, with Portugal, Gibraltar, Iceland and Israel the most likely destinations to be added.

Travel industry analyst Paul Charles who runs the PC Agency claims the 5 pm (London time) announcement of the Green List has been specifically chosen to enable a joint announcement by the Biden administration in Washington DC at midday.

Brits haven’t been able to travel to the United States since March 2020 after then-President Trump issued a travel ban just days after issuing a similar proclamation on travel from Europe.

Trump attempted to rescind the travel ban just before leaving office in January but President Biden reissued the ban just after entering the White House. Administration insiders did, however, claim Biden was looking at lifting the ban on Europe and the UK by mid-May.

This would coincide with the UK’s restart of non-essential international travel on May 17.

But just two days ago, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki refused to be drawn on when the travel ban could be lifted. “This is a case, which I know is endlessly frustrating to people — and I will acknowledge that,” Psaki said in response to a question about allowing foreign tourists to come to the United States this summer.

“We will rely on the advice and the recommendations by our health and medical experts on what is safe for the American public,” Psaki continued. “And they are constantly evaluating that, but I can’t get ahead of their process and what I anticipate in terms of any changes to travel restrictions.”

Earlier on Friday, British Airways owner IAG said it was relying on the resumption of long-haul international travel for it to make some headway in its recovery from the pandemic. The reopening of borders between the UK and USA would potentially turbocharge the airline group’s recovery.

Some analysts don’t expect current travel restrictions between the UK and US to be lifted until September – partly because case rates in the United States still remain comparably high despite the country’s successful vaccine rollout.

Virgin Atlantic plans to recall 1,000 cabin crew for a potential September reopening between the UK and USA but these plans could be brought forward if a travel corridor is announced sooner.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Chng via Unsplash

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