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Ky Opry day camp offers free shows

PRESTONSBURG – Kentucky Opry’s Performing Arts Summer Day Camp is becoming an exciting success at the Mountain Arts Center and they will offer a free show this Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

The dream of performing comes very early to some youth who participate in the performing arts education program at the Mountain Arts Center. Young people from Floyd, Pike, Johnson, Knott, Magoffin and Martin Counties spent a portion of their summer break learning about music and choreography under the guidance of Kathy Caudill of Prestonsburg High School, Clayton Case, Sandy Tackett of Betsy Layne Elementary and the MAC’s own “Ms. Billie Jean” Osborne.

Ms. Billie Jean, who has always been interested in the talent of our region, has gathered these children for the third year now, and they’ve spent their summer here working to achieve a certain performance level to perform a great show at the end of their experience.

Ms. Osborne began the summer performing arts program in 2001 by visiting area schools and music instructors and auditioning students to participate. The students work diligently for several weeks, topping-off what they had learned with a public performance that amazed both family and friends.

“It’s amazing what you can do when you combine kids and music,” Osborne said, “I’ve always said, give me a child and let me put a song in his heart and then stand back and watch what happens. It’s wonderful what music can bring to a child’s life.”

The children are realizing that through hard work and a dedicated spirit, dreams can come true. These kids could very well be the Kentucky Opry stars of tomorrow.

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