Along with assistant director Kristy Montgomery, he currently is coordinating the Elementary Camp's first session, which will culminate with the public production of "It's Saturday!" To be held on Saturday at 7 p.m., the 30-minute musical comedy will be presented at The Grand Theatre, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville.
"['It's Saturday!' is] basically a review of different activities that kids might do on a Saturday," Hurley said. "It takes you through several different vignettes, such as doing chores, going to football practice, taking a piano lesson. There's a whole song about doing nothing. So [the comedy highlights] different Saturday-type activities like that.
"I think what I've enjoyed the most so far [about directing the camps] is what the kids bring to it -- the energy and excitement and talent that they bring to it because they come excited every day. And they love being hams and dramatic. Some of them are experienced, some have less [theater knowledge] but I think what they learn from the camp is working as a team for an end product because every day we focus on Saturday night at 7 o'clock. And they also just get that experience of speaking in front of people, having confidence, looking at people when they speak to them, speaking clearly, speaking loudly, using their emotions to tell a story."
The Elementary Camp's first session, which is geared toward students who have completed grades two through four, is the second offering in The Grand's Summer Music Theatre Camp program. The Elementary Camp's second session will be June 25 to 30, with the performance of "It's Saturday!" on June 30 at 7 p.m. The public also is invited to attend the Senior Music Theatre Camp's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and July 29 at 2:30 p.m.
"The program was started in 1989 by George and Jonalyn Bew and Don Kordecki," said Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre. "They especially wanted to expose the young people of our community to theater and give them an opportunity to participate in that and enjoy it. So we started with one camp and now we've grown and expanded over the years and we have four different sessions now.
"[At the camps], they're going to be learning about how to present themselves in front of an audience. So they get self-confidence and learn how to speak and communicate. They also get to enjoy becoming different characters. Kids just love the joy of music and dancing and all those things that go together."
Tickets for "It's Saturday!" are $5. For more information or to obtain tickets in advance, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre ticket office today and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.