Friday, July 11, 2014

Drama Camp 2014

I ran my annual drama camp a few weeks ago at our church. I have been doing drama camps for 11 years now except for the years I lived in Kansas City. I spent those years wondering why I had children 16 months apart and why I lived in a place where there was 3 feet of snow on the ground.

But this year I had a great turnout. We played theatre games, learned stage movement, projection, how to use your body onstage and stage directions. This year was also very special for me because my nieces Emmie and Sutton were in town and there were able to attend. Also, Will and Bennett were old enough to be campers for the first time. Actually, Will was one year shy of being old enough, but I had an in with the director so he got to come too. Having those 4 plus many others that I have grown to love made it one of the best camps I have ever done.

Here are just a few shots from the week and then from our performance.

 Warming up

I gave the kids the option of performing a monologue if they so desired. About half of the kids wanted to and the other half just wanted to be in their play. I was shocked when Will said he wanted to do one. I know he has such a lisp and you can barely understand him, but dang,isn't he cute? This was from our dress rehearsal.

And here are some shots of us getting ready for the big performance. My parents drove down to see four of their grandchildren in action. As my Mom said, "There's always a little drama in this family." Boy, was she ever right?

Getting my daughter ready. I think this was the first of many times I will be getting her ready for a show. Or at least, I hope so.

 I love it so much when kids get excited about theatre. It is my passion in life and I am so thankful that I still get to share this part of me with young people wherever I go. Here are a few shots from "The Contest for Athens."

Look at my baby delivering her lines. Proud, proud, proud I am.

 And my other baby delivering his lines. Start engraving those Tony awards now, people.

And here are some shots from Rapunzel. The first is of my awesome niece, Sutton. She did such a great job and I was so proud of her.
 And my niece, Emmie, played Rapunzel. Great acting runs in the family. What can I say?

Me with the cast of Rapunzel

And here is a shot of all the campers this year. What a great week!

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