Boys & Girls Club students showcase talents in theater performance July 26 at Boykin Gymnasium

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Students who attended a new arts program this summer, piloted during the Boys & Girls Club summer camps in Auburn from June through July, will showcase the music, production and reading skills they developed with a free, public presentation Thursday, July 26, at 5 p.m. at the Boykin Gymnasium.

The program is a collaboration of Auburn University Outreach and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County. It was developed and supported by University Outreach’s Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement.

The camp’s activities include a reader’s theater and elocution instruction led by A. Faye Boykin-Calhoun, 2007 International Toastmaster Hall of Fame Inductee, motivational speaker, bestselling author, dramatist and creative artist.

The experience enhances students’ reading skills and provides an introduction to theater performance designed to improve the quality of voice inflection, diction, articulation and controlled natural voice communications.

The students have opportunities to create scripts and learn how to make their stories come alive by using emotions, gestures and body language. Musical talent has also been incorporated with Congo drums, tambourines and microphones that add special effects.

The showcase provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and helps build confidence and experience in competition and presentation.

For more information, contact Venus Hewing, Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement, at or (334) 844-5803.

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