QAAW Summer Blog: Day One Accomplishments!

Camp leader Morgandy guiding campers through a read through of the script.  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

Camp leader Morgandy guiding campers through a read through of the script.

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

What an amazing first day of camp!

The campers in our first Drama Camp of the summer had a very busy first day of camp today; after a morning full of getting to know one another, becoming familiar with their scripts, and making some prop pieces for the production, they have already began to learn their blocking and lines for several scenes, not to mention all the words to both our camp song and camp chant! I cannot wait to see what they get up to tomorrow; their memories are truly amazing.

Hard at work crafting some crown props!  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

Hard at work crafting some crown props!

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

I have been assisting with QAAW’s summer camps for many years, and it never ceases to amaze me how dedicated to rehearsing our young actors are; there were several times today that campers sought me out while we were taking a break from rehearsing by playing a game of making a craft, only to request that we return to rehearsing! They truly want to learn and perfect their pieces as best as they can within our short time frame. I feel so inspired by them!

Of course, this does drive to learn and practice not mean that our day was without some hilarious and memorable moments. We played a fun round of the camp game “Graveyard” today, where the goal is to make people laugh, and some truly hilarious comments came out of our campers’ mouths. One character in the script has also casually been nicknamed “Potato” due to a slip of the tongue during an initial read of the script, which led to a running joke and several laughs throughout the afternoon. I’m sure tomorrow will only provide more hilarity!

We still have four more days to prepare for our camp production of A Dragon in the Mix; I will do my best to keep you updated here along the way!

Camp isn’t the only thing currently happening at QAAW, however! Dracula rehearsals are well underway, and every rehearsal is more impressive than the last. Our weekly Pub Trivia at the Spitfire Arms also continues, happening every Tuesday at 7pm. Finally, in exciting news, QAAW will be taking place in the Halifax Pride Parade for the first time ever in just a few days! Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more news on this in the coming days.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back soon with another camp update.

Take care!

Ally