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Six Base Teens Selected to Attend Missoula Performing Arts Camp

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE -- Los Angeles Air Force Base may be small in size, but when it comes to talent, it ranks among the majors. And that applies to its youth as well as its adults. 

Six of our teens have been selected to attend the 2007 Nell Buckley Performing Arts Series of the internationally-renown Missoula Performing Arts Camp to be conducted at Seeley Lake, Mont., July 22-28. In store for them is an all-expenses paid, week-long opportunity to be totally immersed in a professional theater camp. 

The teens attending are Ashley and Brittany Radke, daughters of Tech. Sgt. Stephen and Tammy Radke; Jacob Severance, son of retired Air Force Maj. John and Gwen Severance; Megan and Ariel Hawkins, daughters of Lt. Col. James and Gail Hawkins; and Sheyana Ironfield, daughter of Capt. Harley and Dannielle Ironfield. 

This year's camp marks the third go-around for the Radke teens. 

"Having attended the camp myself, I can tell you that all those lucky youth who will be attending the Missoula camp are in for a special adventure," says Tonji Davis, programmer for Youth Programs, a part of 61st Services at Los Angeles AFB. "Each day at the camp presents a new opportunity for the participants to improve their singing, acting and dancing abilities." 

There's never a dull moment at Seeley Lake. Immediately upon their arrival on Sunday, the participants begin auditioning for the full scale theater production to be presented the following Friday. Throughout the week, they will be occupied with classes taught by singing, acting and dancing coaches. 

But there's ample time to play as they work to improve their performing abilities. Throughout the week, there are numerous extracurricular pursuits such as arts and crafts, bonfires, hiking and swimming. Even in their cabins, each day presents the opportunity to transform their surroundings using a different theme approach such as "winter" or "beach." 

The Missoula Performing Arts Camp is open each year to members of Youth Programs, ages 14 through 18, who have an interest in the performing arts. 

Applications are processed through the base Youth Center. Interested teens or parents should contact Tonji Davis at 310-653-8456.