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Join us for lots of summer fun

Students attending all camps should bring their lunch.

Shrek Performing Arts Camp
The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
2 Dates available
June 2-13 or July 7-18   $325   9a-4p  ages 7-18
Director: Tammy Holt   Assistant Director: June: Maddie Dunavant, July: Carly Hall

Let your Freak Flag Fly for two weeks filled with music and dancing -go through the audition and rehearsal process as we prepare for a showcase performance on Friday June 13 or July 18.   Students will bring their lunch

JR. HIGH MASTER CLASS (including acting, vocals and dance)
New Day Studio Carriage Crossing
June 9-13,   6th-8th Grade   $250   9A-4P

Directors: JemmiLou Rye, Ashley Bugg Brown, Christi Hall, Jeff White
This one week class is for rising 6th-8th grade students wanting a more intensive learning experience.

SR. HIGH MASTER CLASS (including acting, vocals, and dance)
The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre
June 16-27  cost $350, 9th-12th Grade,  9a-4p

Directors: JemmiLou Rye, Ashley Bugg Brown, Christi Hall, Jeff White
This class is for rising 9th-graduating 12th graders wanting a more intensive learning experience.

VOCALS: Students will focus on the technique of singing, which will include breathing, supporting the voice without tension in the body, singing with confidence, as well as song choices for auditioning.
ACTING: Students will work on characterization while preparing monologues that can be used for future auditions. Participants will also focus on improvisation which will assist with cold reads when auditioning.
DANCE: The dance element will cover intermediate dance steps to know when auditioning.  Students will concentrate on movement and using the space you are in. Participants will also will work on combinations to help with any musical theater audition.
Showcase on June 27th Students will bring their lunch each day.

June 2-6 or July 21-25 MOVIE MAKERS
cost $150, ages 7-18, 9a-2p

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Retuning for its' 5th summer to New Day Children's Theatre- Movie Makers!! During this camp students learn how to produce and make their own movie. Campers will learn about and participate in many aspects of motion picture production. Throughout the week students will direct, produce, cast, film, star in, and edit a movie as a camp. All parts of production including a costumer and set designer are done by the campers. At the end of the week, join us for a red carpet movie premiere as we debut the finished flick. Campers will bring their lunch each day.

June 16-27 DRAMA CAMP: The Fairy Tale Network
   ages 5-14      $225      9a-2p

Director: Jennifer Douglas

  The Fairy Tale Network is a television network that needs to improve its viewership ratings with exciting new programming.  The three mice working as creative consultants for the studio each must come up with a story idea to pitch to their new chief, the Cat.  And they need to pitch their ideas fast before they become a fancy feast!  They retell the well-known tales of Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but now with new, unexpected twists.  The crew of Busy Bees racing on props and sometimes even becoming the set pieces themselves makes this play fast-paced, super-easy to stage and fun! 


Meet Our Directors

New Day is so excited to have such a talented staff of directors.  
Lea is a 27 year old Memphian. She grew up performing in children’s theatre, and has carried her passion into adulthood. Lea brings a different outlook on ‘standard’ theatre practice, making for a more personal and kid-friendly experience. Lea directed one of the first New Day productions, Alice in Wonderland, in 2005 before moving to the Windy City. Having returned to the Bluff City in late 2011, she directed Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in winter 2012. She is currently directing James and the Giant Peach and enjoying every minute! Lea specializes in directing straight plays (non-musicals). She is a licensed massage therapist, the bookkeeper of her family’s industrial sales company, and one of the newest members of the New Day Board of Directors.

Ashley Bugg Brown is currently a theatre teacher at Lausanne Collegiate School, where she has been for the past ten years. A children's theatre kid herself, Ashley began working in theatre at the age of eleven at Ewing Children's Theatre. Ashley has a B.F.A in theatre performance for the University of Memphis and is one thesis away from a M.T.S from Southern Oregon University. She has performed directed and taught at Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, Circuit Playhouse, Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, and Germantown Community Theatre.


This is Ashley Chasteen's 6th year working summer camps at New Day. Ash is from Collierville, TN. She has been making movies for over 10 years and is the owner of Haulin' Ash Productions. She is a producer, director, and editor for ASU-TV in Jonesboro and recently produced the number one show there. Ash loves anything to do with movies, water skiing, and soccer! She is currently pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy this at Arkansas State University!

Lorraine Cotten has been teaching and directing or acting in theatre for most of her life. The last twelve years have been spent teaching college, high school, and elementary levels in Memphis and the surrounding areas. She won an Ostrander Award for Direction of The Boys Next Door at the U of M and was nominated recently for supporting actress in Dividing the Estate at Circuit Playhouse. Before moving to Memphis to complete an MFA in directing, she was a professional actor for many years and was blessed to work in theatres regionally, in New York and in film and television. Her favorite part of theatre is working with students and watching them blossom in all the ways that theatre helps them grow.

Jennifer Daniels is a freelance theatre instructor and director in the greater Memphis area. She returned to Memphis four years ago after touring professionally with California Theatre Center in the heart of Silicon Valley and Missoula Children's Theatre and has directed shows for St. George's, Theatre Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Hutchison, Christ Methodist, the Memphis JCC, New Day, and has recently been hired by Germantown Community Theatre. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. Jennifer resides in East Memphis with her goldfish Penny Nicole and her poodle Laya.

Christi Gray Hall was a certified member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters and has owned and operated a studio for 31 years. She has studied tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and baton for many years. She has studied with Morat School of Dance, Charles Kelley, Henry LeTang, Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett, Don Farnsworth all from NYC, Al Gilbert, Joe Tremaine, and Doug Caldwell all from Los Angeles. Other studies include Acting at Theatre Memphis, Rhodes College, University of Memphis, and Playhouse on the Square. Theatre work includes productions at Bartlett Theatre, Circuit Playhouse, and Theatre Memphis. She is currently choreographing “No No Nanette” at Theatre Memphis. Other choreography credits include “Bye Bye Birdie” at Theatre Memphis, “Godspell”, “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Willie Wonka”, and “How I Became a Pirate” at New Day . She performed in and was the assistant choreographer for “Cabaret” and “West Side Story”. She also performed in “Crazy For You” (2011), “La Cage Aux Folles” (2010) and “Curtains” (2009). She played Daphne in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2007), Jennyanydots in “Cats”, (2006), Phyllis in “42nd Street” (2002), and Judy in “A Chorus Line” (1999) at Theatre Memphis. Christi won six college scholarships and over 600 trophies in modeling and talent competitions. She performed as Feature Twirler with the Memphis State Marching Band for four years and as Golden Girl for her senior year. She received a BBA from Memphis State. She is married to Jon Hall and has two children, Austin and Carly.



Tamatha M. Holt is the Orff Music Specialist and CAPA Chorus Director at Rozelle Elementary School. She formerly taught orchestra at American Way Middle School. Mrs. Holt received formal training in music starting at the age of 5 on violin and piano. She is currently a professional musician and performs regularly in the Memphis community and surrounding regions. Mrs. Holt has performed with the Jackson, Paducah and Corinth Symphonies, and appears frequently in the orchestra for musicals at Playhouse On The Square and Circuit Playhouse. She has been an instructor for the Memphis City Schools Arts Enrichment Camp and Summer Youth Conservatory through Playhouse On The Square. This is her 3rd year teaching New Day’s Musical Theater Camp. Mrs. Holt has toured with the Juenesses Musicale World Orchestra throughout Europe and Asia. She has also performed with such artists as Ray Charles, KirkWhalum and Bobby McFerrin. Mrs. Holt is a member of the Tenebrae String Quartet, and is a music contractor through her own company, Serenade, Inc.

Matt Morgan graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He is so excited about teaching improv, musical theatre, and acting at New Day. Before teaching more regularly at NDCT, Matt has been actively pursuing professional acting. He has played "Linus" in Snoopy: the Musical, "Mayor" in Bye, Bye Birdie, and "Underling" in The Drowsy Chaperone at SummerStock Findlay. Matt spent the summer of 2012 in Colorado playing "Pickering" in My Fair Lady and "Zeke" in Desperado, a Western melodrama, at the Butte Theatre. In Colorado, Matt proposed to fellow New Day director and best friend Ashley Chasteen, and luckily she said "Yes!" Most recently, Matt originated the role of "Young Santa Claus" in the Prather Entertainment Productions musical A Swingin' Christmas at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

Dr. JemmiLou Rye has lived in Memphis since the summer of 1990. She holds degrees from Arkansas Tech University (B.A.) and the University of North Texas (M.M.E. & D.M.A.). She is currently holding down a private studio (Vocal/Piano Studio, LLC) of 30-35 students per week, as well as working at Buntyn Presbyterian as Minister of Music. In her spare time, she accompanies instrumentalists in recital and end of the semester juries, singers, and choirs in the community. Singing engagements began in college with roles in The Student Prince, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Betsey from Pike, and Opera and all that Jazz. The next singing engagements came while in Europe, singing with the Bayerische Kammeroper Wuerzburg, singing "Der Zauberbaum" by C.W. Gluck all over Europe in radio and television, and the world premier of Xavier Thoma's "Ich bin in Sehnsucht Eingehuellt", later serving as her Doctoral Lecture recital subject for the D.M.A. degree while at North Texas. After returning to the states in 1990, Dr. Rye got to sing the role of Sweet Betsey in "Sweet Betsey from Pike"(again) with Southwestern Opera Theater of Memphis, the"Queen of the Night" in Mozart's Magic Flute with The University of Memphis' opera program. The Beethoven Club afforded JemmiLou the "Kathie" role in The Student Prince (again), "Margot" in Desert Song, and the "Hannah" in The Merry Widow. The concert stage has allowed Dr. Rye to sing with the Memphis Symphony several times, The University of Memphis Orchestra, along with South Arkansas Symphony, and The Germantown Symphony.

Jeff White graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in Theatre. He is currently a theatre teacher and director at Bolton High School but has also taught at Germantown High and The Grizzlies Academy. Before becoming a teacher, Jeff was a member of the Educational Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He has also appeared in several plays in the Memphis area and recently played Jack Palmer in Germantown Community Theatre's production of The Boys Next Door. Jeff was also spent the past four NBA seasons as the In-Arena Emcee for the Memphis Grizzlies. A professional stand up comedian, Jeff has been named the Funniest Person in Memphis in 2008, The Funniest Teacher in Memphis and has performed in comedy clubs across the region.