“Believe: Live-Laugh-Love” is the name of the new show and concept that south Louisiana native Bruce Sampson will bring to Slidell this summer.
Slidell High School Performing Arts Department will host Sampson for a one week Believe summer camp for youths from third to 12th grade to learn singing, dancing and acting June 23 to 27.
Sampson was born and raised in Bogalusa and has worked as an entertainer, writer, director, producer, recording artist and educator since his graduation from Bogalusa High School more than 30 years ago.
Sampson has performed on professional stages all over the world. He has directed and taught young and old entertainers across the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, including producing shows at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and award-winning dinner theaters.
Sampson has written this brand new show and summer camp concept specifically to bring home to this area. Students from third grade through 12th grade are encouraged to enroll, and experience or qualifications are not necessary to participate.
The weeklong camp in Slidell will conclude with a stage show June 27.
“I’ve been blessed with opportunities over the years to live out my dreams as an entertainer and producer. Now I am ready to come back home and share this love and light with the young people of St. Tammany and Washington parishes,” Sampson said. “When I come home and visit, I see so much talent and enthusiasm for the arts.”
Sampson noted that local theaters in St. Tammany Parish are active and the film industry is dynamic. Part of the goal for the camp is to enlist the help of talented young people from the parish to serve as camp counselors and co-teachers, including local favorites Annie Gambino, Megan Tanner, Kristina Sampson and Joshua Black.
The weeklong camp registration fee is only $50, and for a reason.
“This is more than a just a summer day camp, and more than just a show. It’s a community celebration; a way for me to give back and share with my home community and include local talent in the process.”
The $50 fee includes participation in the entire week of camp, the show and a souvenir T-shirt for the show.
For information on the summer camps, visit wbzbent.wix.com/believe.