– ASU’s Camp G.I.F.T.E.D. will make you both smile & tear-up as these kids give it their all! –

– A FEEL-GOOD STORY that allows the public to see the sunshine made by these gifted kids –

WHEN: Friday (July 12) @ Noon (Be at the theatre by 11:50 a.m. and I’ll get you a pre-event interview).

WHERE: ASU’s Tullibody Fine Arts Building (Leila Barlow Theatre) corner of  N. University & S. Jackson St.

NOTE: Admission is free and it’s open to the public.

For an incredible feel-good news story that might even leave a tear in the eye of your news-consumers; join us this Friday at Noon for the inspiring ‘live’ theatre performance of 20 gifted kids with various disabilities who are graduating from Alabama’s first-ever theatre summer camp for young people with disabilities, which is called ASU’s Camp G.I.F.T.E.D.

This Friday’s performance at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre is the culmination of this very special week-long summer camp founded by ASU’s Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart (the retired and most famous dean of ASU’s College of Visual & Performing Arts). The camp’s purpose is to empower persons (ages 13-21) with disabilities who are often stereotyped and wrongfully overlooked in the arts.

FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE WILL TOUCH  YOUR NEWS-CONSUMERS

All week long the camp’s attendees have worked to create a stage-play that enables all of them to display the theatre crafts that each has honed into an inspiring story; displaying each of them overcoming individual disabilities and acting, singing, dancing, and participating in unique forms of artistic expression, which in many cases is the first-time in their lives that they have been able to do so.

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart

ABOUT CAMP G.I.F.T.E.D.

Camp G.I.F.T.E.D. (Giving Individuals Freedom to Express Diversity) is sponsored by the Tonea Stewart Summer Performing Arts Camps at ASU and it is for people with disabilities, ages 13-21.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– News release written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

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