Lincoln Memorial University

Appalachian Youth Preforming Arts Camp

Appalachian Youth Performing Arts Camp

July 18-29
Instruction 9:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

July 30
Public Performance 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Cumberland Gap Convention Center
601 Colwyn Avenue
Cumberland Gap, T

Arts in the Gap, in collaboration with the Middlesborough Little Theatre, will reprise the Appalachian Youth Performing Arts Camp July 18-29, 2016. This two-week day camp, which includes workshops in acting, singing, dance, stage makeup, costuming, and stage combat, will culminate in a performance of The Mystery of the Lost, Lost Boys on Saturday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. (Participants must attend both weeks of camp in order to perform.) Thirty slots are available for children in grades one through eight.

The cost is $50 per child, including lunch, and some scholarships are available.

For information about the camp or about scholarships, contact Darnell Arnoult at  


To register, click here.

Director/instructor: Mississippi native Amy Oden Simpson serves as director of the Middlesborough Little Theatre and Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Southeast KY Community & Technical College, where she has taught since 1997. In 2013, she received her MFA in writing with a playwriting emphasis from Spalding University in Louisville. In 2014, Simpson produced her adaptation of Candida Sullivan’s picture book Zippy’s Club, which was subsequently published by Shade Tree Press. She has also written and staged four full-length local history plays, most recently Cakewalk in the Sky: The Story of Ragtime Founder Ben Harney (2015). Simpson was nominated for the UK Library’s 2012 Medallion Award for Intellectual Achievement, and she was nominated by Spalding faculty for the 2014 Kennedy Center Playwrights’ Workshop. Amy Simpson lives in Middlesboro with her husband Bill and two children Corley and Sidney.




Assistant: Hilarie Spangler is a rising sophomore at Western Kentucky University pursuing a BFA in musical theatre and a double-minor in studio art and performing arts administration. While a student at Middleboro High School, Hilarie was active in the Middlesborough Little Theatre, most notably starring as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (2014). This role won her an outstanding performance award when MLT took its production to state competition. Hilarie combined her acting and singing ability when she played Rosie in a MHS choir production of Bye Bye Birdie! (2015) In June she will play Attina in a full-length musical version of The Little Mermaid with the Circle Players in Nashville. This fall, she will serve as assistant musical director for a WKU production of Little Shop of Horrors. In addition to her studies and theatrical pursuits, Hilarie serves as public relations chair for Sigma Kappa sorority. She is the daughter of Anita and Stephen Spangler of Middlesboro.


Appalachian Youth Preforming Arts Camp


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752