Local students earn high praise at 2018 Atlanta Junior Theater Festival

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Members of Camelot Theatre Company recently performed well at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival is attached. Photo credit James Barker Photography

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Students from Camelot Theatre Company earned praise and recognition at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, in January at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The Junior Theater Festival Atlanta united 6,000+ students and educators from 130 educational musical theater groups representing 30 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Camelot Theatre Company Ben Daugherty and Madison Bush were named to the Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, made up of outstanding performers attending the festival. The All-Stars performed a song during the closing ceremony for all 6,000 festival attendees.

The 21 Camelot Theatre Company students, ages nine to 18, presented selections from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS for performer, music director, composer and teacher Brad Simmons (“Camp”, Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch with John Lithgow) and Disney Theatrical Group Director of Education and Audience Development Lisa Mitchell.

“I was so engaged with the retelling of this pretty unknown piece,” Simmons said.

“Camelot Theatre Company found the charm, magic, and heart of Sleeping Beauty,” Mitchell added.

Produced by the Junior Theater Group in partnership with iTheatrics, a leading educational theater company that creates innovative experiences and products for the public and private sector, the Junior Theater Festival Atlanta is the world’s largest festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater. This year’s title sponsors were Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Group, and Playbill, Inc. The Junior Theater Festival was founded in 2003. In 2010 the festival became an annual event.

In 2013 student Keeley Adkisson won a Freddie Outstanding Individual Performance award.

In 2011 cast members Faith Flanders and Madeline Stephens were two of 25 students festival-wide who were selected to fly to New York to record instructional choreography DVDs for Music Theatre International titles Doctor Dolittle JR., Finian’s Rainbow JR., Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.

About Camelot Theatre Company
Camelot Theatre Company is a youth-focused, family-oriented community theatre in Griffin, GA. The group has enjoyed past recognition at the Junior Theater Festival.
At the 2017 Junior Theater Festival Camelot Theater Company student Melody McElroy won a Freddie G Broadway Junior Slam Award. The Broadway Junior Slam is a theatrical challenge in which students who don’t know each other must stage and perform a song from a musical in an hour.

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