Lionheart Theatre's spring break camp features two special instructors


Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will teach percussion at Lionheart Theatre’s Spring Break Camp for kids April 7 through 11. (Special Photo)

Lionheart Theatre’s Performing Arts Center will feature a very special camp for kids during spring break. This camp will take place April 7 through 11 and is open to youth ages 6 to 13 years old. The camp offers fun and instruction in many art forms such as photography, painting, sculpture, theater and music. But it is the identity of two instructors that is really intriguing.

Who knew? Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson and Police Chief Warren Summers are terrific artists as well as city administrators. Johnson is an accomplished drummer and will be teaching a special rhythm and percussion session for the camp. Summers is a visual artist who will be sharing his talents with the kids as well.

“The campers will have so much fun and learn a great deal from working with Bucky,” Lionheart Performing Arts Center Director Jason Caldwell said. “He has done so much for the arts in Norcross on the city level. Now he is going to enjoy the fun part by rolling up his sleeves and working with enthusiastic young artists.”

A lifelong music educator, Johnson served as director of bands and head of the music department at Georgia Tech for most of his career. He retired in 2002. He was also the founder and director of the 300-member Atlanta Olympic Band from 1992 to 1996.

Summers describes his visual art by saying, “My art leans toward an offbeat sort of style and character. I’m also known to choose less-than-mainstream subjects for my art.”

One thing is for sure: No child is going to misbehave in a camp with the police chief as a teacher!

Lionheart Performing Arts Center will feature an exhibition of Chief Summer’s work as “Artist of the Month.” This will include a free, open reception from 7 to 9 p.m. April. There will be music and refreshments.

Camp hours will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $150. Campers can register by visiting www.lionhearttheatre.org or calling 678-365-6561. The Lionheart Performing Arts Center is located between Norcross City Hall and the Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 1, at 125 Lawrenceville St.

Lionheart has other programming aimed at the entire family. “Uncorked! Girls Art Night” is held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Performing Arts Center. For $30, ladies can create mixed-media masterpieces while enjoying wine and snacks. No experience is necessary.

The Atlanta Guitar Trio Concert will take place at 7 p.m. April 5, featuring guitarists Bill Hearn, Scott Plato and Adam Craighead. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

Auditions for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” will take place May 3 and 5 and Early Bird Summer Camp registration is also starting. Call 678-365-6561 for more information.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.