Summer Student Blog Post: Wrapping up Drama Camp and on to New Things!

 Our campers dancing and singing their hearts out in the grand finale on Friday (photo Credit Keshia Laffin)

Our campers dancing and singing their hearts out in the grand finale on Friday
(photo Credit Keshia Laffin)

Hello Blog Readers!

Drama camp ended on Friday, and I had the best time. Our campers were so enthusiastic and excited about their parts in our show.  They rehearsed so hard, and it was such an amazing production!

 A great action shot at Friday night's impromptu costume fashion show (Photo Credit Keshia Laffin)

A great action shot at Friday night's impromptu costume fashion show
(Photo Credit Keshia Laffin)

The campers were especially great at learning the song that Ally and I wrote for the end of the show.  We learned it on Monday, and we added great dance moves (courtesy of Olivia Lee) on Tuesday!  It’s always so rewarding to have a piece of music you’ve written come to life, and even more so when it’s being performed by such energetic actors! They absolutely nailed it in Friday night’s performance, and I’ve never been so proud.  

We worked on lots of fun crafts this week that doubled as props for our show.  My favourite was the tissue paper flowers.  We made them at camp on Monday and they were a huge hit, along with our stone craft.  On Tuesday, we made some great looking carrots and apples.  We also painted signs for the peasant marketplace scene.  It was so great to see everyone helping each other and working together to make wonderful props.  Everything looked wonderful up on the stage.

Wednesday we took an great trip to the Historical Society and saw some great highlights of Windsor’s past.  All of our campers got to ring the old school bell.  My favourite part of the trip was seeing old fashion oxen shoes! I love oxen, and I never knew they wore shoes like horses.     

And I musn’t forget to tell you about the costumes!  All of our little thespians were very excited to have their costumes altered after trying them on on Tuesday.  It was what they were most looking forward to about the performance. The magnificent Laurie O’Brien visited us early in the week, and she took measurements for all the children and made some great alterations for us.  Everyone looked fantastic on Friday night!

After a busy week and our final performance, I’ve also started to learn some of the music for Musical Theatre Camp.  It’s been so great getting to dig in to some great music from a lot of really cool shows.  Katrina, Ally, and I have had so much fun picking parts for everyone, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow when we can start looking at pieces with our campers and rehearsing.  

In other news that’s not camp-related, I’m all set for my Trivia debut next Tuesday,  I’m going to learn the ropes from watching Ally this Tuesday, and then I will take over the next week.  I’m very excited!

I have lots to do before camp tomorrow, so I best stop writing and get to work. 

Until next time, 

Shelby