Summer Student Blog Post: Wrapping it up!!

 Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Hello Everyone,

Well, two of the camps are finished, and it has been great fun spending all the time with the kids. Last Friday night we had our final production for the Musical Theatre showcase, and it was amazing! The kids did such an amazing job with everything, and they are all so talented. There were so many immediate costume changes, as every different song or monologue was a different costume set. They all did everything so seamlessly. 

The beginning of the first week was a lot of hard work and preparation for the show.  We started learning new choreography for the other three group numbers, as Time Warp was already done during the last week. There was so much information given to the kids, but they all remembered everything, and I cannot believe they can remember so much information and detail. Of course we still have lots of fun with playing games. This week we learned some new fun improv games that the campers really seem to enjoy, and it is so great to watch them all go through the process of improvisation. 

 Photo credits: Holly Lohnes

Photo credits: Holly Lohnes

Mike Nelson came in again to help with vocals, and this is such a bonus for us and the campers, as they get to experience vocal coaching from a different perspective. They made such progress after singing with Mike, as this really helped. Jenn Alexander and Jeannie Myles also came in this week and talked about staging and all the details in putting on a production. The campers learned a lot, and I think some of them were surprised with how much goes on behind the scenes of a production.

Some of my favorite moments from camp is dancing and learning the choreography for Time Warp, and also watching everyone have so much fun with this piece. Time Warp is such a fun number to sing and dance to, and I think all of the campers really enjoyed this one. I really enjoyed watching the campers grow during the two weeks of camp. There was such a big difference between the first day and the last day, as the first day, we are just reading the parts of the scripts and brainstorming transition changes. Then by the end of two weeks, everyone has everything memorized, and all of the dance moves learned. The campers put so much hard work into this show, and it was really noticed by the final production, as everyone loved it. 

I have to thank Joanna and Laura for helping out with the choreography. I am so glad they were there, because I do not have hardly any dance moves to teach. It was also great to work alongside of Shelby, we both organized two wonderful camps, and it was so great to see all of the kids so happy at the camps. 

This week Shelby and I are cleaning the QAAW building once again, putting away costumes and props that we used for both camps. We will also be going around local businesses in Windsor, and asking for donations for the Winkie Awards Gala.

 Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

Photo credits: Keshia Laffin

As this is my last week of working with Quick As A Wink, I would like to thank everyone who helped with the camps to bring everything together. A big thank you to all of the campers I had a great time working with. You all had so much energy, and so much talent, and I am so proud of every one of you! I’d also like to thank the parents, guardians, volunteers and others who have helped in any way. Without your support, Quick As A Wink would not be able to do what we do. I am sad because I have loved working for Quick As A Wink this summer, and hopefully I will be able to do more with Quick As A Wink in the future. 

It’s been a great summer, thank you all for giving me the chance to learn more about theatre, learn more about myself, and be more inspired by all the amazing kids and talents. 

All the best,

Holly