A few months ago a friend handed me a flyer for a summer theater camp for children. Having always had dramatic children and grandchildren, it piqued my interest. I called and, after chatting with the president for a while, agreed to trade my work at the camp for my granddaughter's tuition. Many years ago, in my much younger days, I was in musicals but hadn't done any acting since then. What was I getting myself into? But, I always accept a challenge. After going to the first (and only) staff meeting, I was less sure of myself but still hopeful that I could pull it off.
This week was the first week of the two-week session. It has been going so well, I may consider another line of work. Not really, but I am pleased to say that it has been successful so far. Mostly I've worked on helping the campers feel more comfortable singing in front of each other. Some of them are quite shy about it. I try to keep them laughing and, before they know it, their shyness is no longer in the way. We've played a couple of musical games and worked on singing tonal patterns to each other. Tomorrow, I will be doing my own work and already miss camp.
My granddaughter is also loving it and is already talking about going back next year. This year, they will be performing "Brementown Musicians" on August 30th at the Rotterdam Mall. The director has even written in a few extra characters to ensure that every camper has a part. They are learning different aspects of theater including lighting, make-up, acting and music. It is a great program with wonderful people running it, and I highly recommend it for any dramatic kids you might know and love.