Spotlight on the Arts
CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at the Heart of the Community
From the CAMP Collection
Images Above: Indian River Inlet Bridge by Sue Fortier; Number 72 by Lee Wayne Mills; Quiet Moment by Brook Hedge.
Only two more weeks to see From the CAMP Collection before it closes November 30. Come and see the work of Murray Archibald, Rodney Cook, Sharon Denny, Sue Fortier, Brook Hedge, Jane Knaus, Lee Wayne Mills, and more! And thanks to these generous artists and community members, the proceeds from the sale of this art will support CAMP Rehoboth programs.
ART & AIDS—A Story To Be Told
Coinciding with CAMP Rehoboth’s World AIDS Day commemoration, an AIDS-related community art exhibition, ART & AIDS—A Story To Be Told Opens in the CAMP Rehoboth gallery. It’s a story of devastation, loss, anger, and isolation, as well as survival and hope. The show will include work by documentary photographer Vincent Cianni, who shares his personal experiences as care provider to partners and friends. Other relevant artwork explores themes of promising to protect and provide, redemption though love, stigma, and survival.
Join us for CAMP Rehoboth’s World AIDS Day Commemoration, view the exhibition, reflect, and participate in a community walk and a service of remembrance and hope on December 1 (at All Saints Episcopal). Exhibit open through January 6, 2023.
Images: End Stigma by Leslie Sinclair; ACT UP March New York City, and Ashes Action Washington DC by Vincent Cianni.
CAMP Rehoboth highlights our community’s unique history and culture, and serves to further diversity, equity, and inclusion by building unity and understanding. Exhibits may be viewed Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Saturday (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). You may view and purchase the art on the CAMP website under the “SHOP” heading.
What better time than autumn to spend some time with the talented Autumn Schneider!
Doug Yetter: How did you get started?
Autumn Schneider: My mother was a dance teacher/choreographer. My first musical was a show my mom was choreographing, and I attended every rehearsal. The director noticed my intense study of everything happening on stage and invited me to be in the ensemble.
DY: Do you have a favorite style of dance?
AS: I love it all! The discipline of ballet, the great fun in jazz, and the musicality and challenge of tap. I have choreographed a LOT of tap musicals.
DY: You sing, dance, and act—a true ‘triple threat’. How would you rank them and why?
AS: I’m a dancer who sings. I’ve studied acting the least and would never put myself on the level of those who have truly studied the craft. My best friend is an acting teacher/actress in NY and I call her for insight as soon as I am cast in anything.
DY: What have been your favorite roles—and why?
AS: Val/Cassie in A Chorus Line and Donna in Mamma Mia. The potency of A Chorus Line is simply unmatched. I was young when I did A Chorus Line and I could truly relate to the need for the work and the love of it all. Donna is a role from my adult years. I could find so many ways to relate to her and her internal struggles as a mom. And, let’s be honest, that music is too much fun!
DY: Any favorite shows to choreograph?
AS: I choreographed Cabaret a few years ago and absolutely loved the dancers I worked with. A wonderful experience from start to finish.
DY: Still teaching?
AS: I do a ballet/technique class for Clear Space Theatre Arts Institute and choreograph the musicals at Sussex Academy. Otherwise, I’m fully focused on my kids right now. My son is graduating from Cape Henlopen High this year and my daughter is a freshman in high school. They’re both athletes, so it’s a full schedule. I want to attend as many sporting events as possible but also to be there for them simply as their mom.
I taught for years at many different studios working with little ones, middle school, and college age students. I enjoy being part of the Spotlight Show at the Blue Moon once a month. It allows me to “keep my feet wet” while I am busy focusing on my kids. I’ll never stop being an artist.
DY: Favorite and least favorite part of being an artist?
AS: Favorite? The community. As a performer/choreographer I’ve met the most dedicated, interesting, and amazing people, and traveling enabled me to learn about new cultures and places. Least? The stigma that this is only a “hobby.” When I was younger, people asked me about my “back-up plan” or when I planned to get a “real” job. Society applauds the accountant who pursues their passion in the arts, yet career artists are ridiculed for not taking our lives seriously. If an artist steps away from the field for something new or to supplement their income, we’re accused of giving up.
DY: Define success.
AS: Happiness. Too many people think FAME is success in this business. It’s not. It’s about fueling the passion and fulfilling the heart.
DY: That makes you one of the most successful artists I know! ▼
Doug is the Artistic Director of CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, and Minister of Music at Epworth UMC. Contact him at email@example.com.