Summer 2010 was alive with high school students in residence in two programs of SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
Students from around the state received intensive training in musical theatre at the inaugural two-week Summerfame institute directed by Oswego alumnus Kevin Kennison, a former Broadway casting supervisor who created and directed a similar summer program at New York University.
The popularity of Disney's "High School Musical" movies and the Fox network's "Glee" has helped to feed a new wave of interest in musicals among high school students. At Summerfame, in addition to classes and stage instruction in Tyler Hall, students visited the nearby Sterling Renaissance Festival, saw regional theatre performances at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn and helped manage stages and acts at Oswego's Harborfest.
The ongoing New York State Summer School for the Arts program in the media arts of video, film and photography saw nearly 60 top-notch, creative students on campus for its intensive four-week residential program coordinated by the state Education Department and SUNY Oswego. Applicants from across the state each summer submit portfolios for this highly competitive institute.
Photo: A New York State Summer School of Media Arts program in Lanigan Hall last summer