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Marietta High School student chosen for prestigious arts camp

Maeghan O’Neill, 14, of Marietta, has been accepted to and this summer will attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12.

Maeghan, the daughter of Erin O’Neill of Marietta, will study theater improvisation for three weeks in June and July. Maeghan will be a sophomore in the fall at Marietta High School. She has been active in Mid Ohio Valley Players, The Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the Smoot Theatre and Missoula Children’s Theatre productions, as well as four years performing in the high school’s annual musical. Maeghan is involved in student government, Model UN and Bella Voce women’s honor choir. In 2018, she was fortunate enough to be accepted to Beginnings Academy, where she studied at Westminster Conservatory of Music at Rider University in Princeton, NJ. She also performed at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City.

Interlochen Arts Camp, located in Michigan, is highly selective and requires an audition. Maeghan auditioned in January with a song from “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” and a monologue from “Trail to Oregon.”

Interlochen attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, music and film. Among the distinguished camp alumni are singers Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Rufus Wainwright; opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman; actors Anthony Rapp and Ed Helms; “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and many more.

A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help with the cost of tuition. This is an exciting opportunity for Maeghan to supplement her theater education. Those interested in donating can visit gf.me/u/xk8y7i or email eeoneill73@gmail.com.

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