Calling All 6th-12th Graders!
Studio Camp is the place for you this summer!
Studio level is for those students who will have just completed grades 6-10 for Studio M (Musical) & Studio T (Tech) and grades 6-12 for Studio D (Dramatic). At theStudio level your child gets to choose where they want to experience theater. We offer two different camps to meet the needs of the individual. Find the best option for your child and watch them thrive!
Know any high school or middle school students interested in Theatre Tech? We have a place for those campers as well! See Studio Tech info below!
Studio Dramatic Theater
Director: Jeff Yarnell
Days: Monday-Friday, June 5th – June 24th
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00pm (9:00am-3:00pm Tuesday, June 20th & Wednesday, June 21st)
Performances: Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00PM & Saturday, June 24th at 3:00PM.
IMPROV SHOW – Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00PM
Studio Musical Theater
Director: Sarah Peterson
Days: Monday-Friday, June 5th – June 25th
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (9:00am-3:00pm Thursday, June 22nd & Friday, June 23rd)
Mainstage Performance: Presenting “Crazy for You”, Thursday, June 22nd, Friday, June 23rd & Saturday, June 24th at 7:00pm AND Sunday, June 25th at 3:00pm.
Director: Jerry Howard
Days: Monday-Friday, June 5th – June 25th
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (9:00am-3:00pm Tuesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 21st, Thursday, June 22nd & Friday, June 23rd)
Format: Tech campers will begin each day in Studio M as a home base to meet with “camp families” and learn camp virtues. They will also spend time with the tech staff, painting, building, and running various tech aspects such as lights and sound at the camp performances.
Meet the Studio Staff:
Studio Dramatic Theater:
John Mulvey – Besides working at StageworX, John has also been busy as a professional actor, appearing at such venues as Theatre for Young America and also performing with the improvisational and sketch comedy groups Out on a Limb, The Argon Ship, and also at Comedy Sportz. As a theater educator, John has taught acting classes at Longview Community College and KC Young Audience’s Community School of the Arts, and currently teaches acting classes for Theatre for Young America. He attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Theatre Arts degree.
Jeff Yarnell – Jeff has been a drama teacher in the Blue Valley school district for the past 23 years. He also spends time working with his improv team, The Argon Ship. Jeff and his wife Mary have worked on dozens of shows together over the years. Among their favorites are And Then There Were None, Noises Off and The 39 Steps.
Studio Musical Theater:
Amy Alderman – Amy (Arnott) Alderman is so happy to be returning as the choreographer for Studio Musical Theatre, for her 4thyear at StageworX! She grew up dancing and performing at Miller Marley Studios of Dance and Voice. She has been performing around the Kansas City area since the age 10 in venue’s such as The Theatre in the Park, The White Theatre, and with MTKC. After graduating college she decided to pursue her dream of performing professionally. She moved down to Florida and began working as a Puppeteer. Soon after you could see her performing at Universal Studio’s Orlando, she helped open the “Elmo and the Bookaneer’s” show at Sea World, and was an Equity performer at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. She was back in Kansas for 7 months- just in time to meet her husband- before she up and moved to New York City! While in New York she went to several auditions and landed a few Runway Shows before she realized that she missed Kansas and her family! Since returning home in 2010, she has taken up the family tradition of choreographing! She choreographed her first show in February of 2011 and has yet to slow down with Footloose being her 20th show to choreograph! StageworX is what Amy looks forward to each year! Hanging out with some of her best friends, working on musicals, and teaching middle school aged kids how to perform! Who could ask for anything more?
Jon Copeland – When not at camp, Jon teaches drama at Mill Valley High school in Shawnee. He has worked as an actor, choreographer and/or music director at many theaters including Martin City Melodrama, the American Heartland Theater, the Coterie, TYA, TTIP and World’s of Fun. In his free time he enjoys watching old movies with his lovely wife Heidi and their adorable cat family.
David Davis – David is so proud to be on the Stageworx staff for his 12th summer! David earned his BME from KSU in 2006 and his ME from MNU in 2011. This school year will mark his ninth year wrangling all things choir and theater at Harmony Middle School in Blue Valley. David is a 2008 Kansas State Horizon Award winner and in 2014 was a semi-finalist for the prestigious GRAMMY Foundation music teacher of the year award. David has performed and directed in many capacities including musicals, barbershop choruses, choirs, and the worship team at his church. Outside of work he has a recurring role as the father of two adorable twin girls, Piper and Lylah, in a show brilliantly directed by his wife Lindsay.
Kym Gibbs –Kym has been a professional accompanist for almost 30 years, accompanying shows all over the metro area, including one summer away at Interlochen. Her main gig, though, for the last 16 years and counting are spent accompanying at Spring Hill High School. When not sightreading somewhere, Kym and her husband Jerry enjoy a lot of time watching their daughter, Tyler, play softball and playing with their two Shibas Whiskey and Naya.
Sarah Peterson – Sarah has enjoyed spending summers at camp since 2006! She is the assistant director of the Miller Marley Entertainers and has
worked as a choreographer, assistant director, and/or performer at Rockhurst High School, Mill Valley High School, Spring Hill High School, Olathe East High School, Mill Creek Middle School, Harmony Middle School, Christian Youth Theater, Blue Valley Youth Players, Blue Valley Rec, Shawnee Mission Theater in the Park, and The Lewis and Shirley White Theater. After spending eight years as the CEO of the Peterson Family, she headed back to the classroom this year as a middle school speech and drama teacher at Harmony Middle School! When Sarah is not dancing, you will find her with her husband cheering for their three kids at a baseball game, a dance recital, or whatever “show” they are putting on at home.
Chris Frye – Chris currently teaches art at Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Kansas. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1998 and his Masters of Arts in Education from Avila University in 2005. He has taught visual arts to area youth since 1998. He exhibits his artwork throughout the Kansas City area and beyond.
Skip Gordon – Skip brings many years of experience to StageworX as he has been a resident tech director at many schools and venues. Past projects have included stints at Blue Valley West High School and Shawnee Mission South High School. You will often see Skip at the many various performance locations for the KC Fringe Festival where he has worked for several seasons in an official capacity as a tech wizard.
Jerry Howard – Jerry teaches Art, Graphic Design and Sculpture at Mill Valley High School and he is also Assistant Director of Theater there where he brings to fruition the ideas and concepts of the great Jon Copeland. He says: “I love working with kids in theater and I really enjoy the challenges of designing and building sets and also building props for shows.”