Summer Student Blog Entry June 19th: Camp Presentation Mementos

Hi there, everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ally and I am a Day Camp Leader and Administration Assistant for the summer here at Quick As A Wink Theatre Society.

I have never written a blog before, so this is a new experience for me. I will be posting an entry every Monday and Friday here on the QAAW website, so expect to be hearing more from me as the summer goes on. This summer has been going great so far; I’ve been doing so many interesting things!

These past few weeks I have been busy visiting as many local schools as possible to spread the word about the Summer Youth Theatre Camps being offered by Quick As A Wink this summer. I have been welcomed with open arms by many students and teachers alike in schools throughout our community, and their hospitality has meant so much to me throughout this whole process. I feel so blessed to live in a community that values the arts and laces importance on making opportunities like these camps known to the local youth. I would thank each and every one of you by name if I had the time!

Visiting these schools has been so much fun for me (and hopefully for the students as well!) During each visit I have played a drama game with the kids, usually my favorite game called “Whoosh,” and attempted to leave my audience with as much information about our camps as possible. I have met a lot of new people, as well as encountered many familiar faces from my time with Quick As A Wink last summer. It has brought back a lot of fond memories of last summer’s Captains and Crews and Aladdin Jr.

These presentations in and of themselves, however, have certainly been memorable too. Some have even left me with physical mementos to better remember the experience by. For example:

  • The checkerboard tan on my left foot serves as a reminder of a presentation at one school’s field day where I wore strappy sandals and neglected to properly sunscreen my feet. Sun safety is important, everyone.
  • The dull ache in my legs reminds me of the school who loved one move in the “Whoosh” game so much (the “Elevator” move, where all participants must repeatedly sink into or rise out of a squat) that by the day's end I felt as though I had spent the whole day at the gym.
  • Most importantly, I will remember these presentations by the permanent smile on my face that visiting each of these schools has given me, though especially the class of students whom I had never met before hat bombarded me with comments of, “YOU ARE SO PRETTY! I LIKE YOU!” before I had even spoken a word to them or their teacher. (My self-esteem thanks you, kids.)

It has been a blast teaching games, answering new questions, and meeting prospective new campers throughout these past few weeks. I’m optimistic that I will be seeing many of the kids I have met during this process again during July for camp!

My presentations are starting to wind down now as the school year draws to a close, but if any of you out there are teachers who I have somehow missed visiting, please shoot QAAW an email as I would still love to meet you and your students! These presentations only take about fifteen minutes and I greatly enjoy giving them.

Tomorrow I will once again be promoting our summer camps, but this time it will be through participating in Falmouth’s annual Teddy Bear Jamboree! The parade starts tomorrow morning at 11:00 and is sure to be fun for the whole family, so I hope to see you all there!

Don’t forget registration for these great summer camps is now open! Click here for more information or to register.