Musical Theatre Camp 6/20-24

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Drama Camps, Featured Articles, Uncategorized

This past week we had a fantastic time at the Musical Theatre Camp! We had a full class, twelve girls in total ages 9-12, and all were incredibly excited to spend the week creating their own musical theatre production.

On Monday, we picked four songs that we wanted to work on as a group over the course of the week. The girls chose "Nicest Kids in Town" from Hairspray, "Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" from Annie, "I Won't Say I'm in Love" from Hercules, and "We Go Together" from Grease. The next task was to create a story that tied all four songs together. The girls had lots of ideas about how to tie the story together, and I was thrilled that instead of presenting competing ideas, they listened closely to the ideas presented, and then provided ways to expand or link everyone's ideas together. They decided that they wanted to tell the story of a young girl named Christy who comes to a new school right before the big school dance. She is welcomed by a group of nice girls, but rejected by the group of mean popular girls. When all the girls go dress shopping, the mean girls decided to steal the two dresses Christy wants to buy for the dance, leaving Christy with no dress to wear. When the dance finally arrives, Christy shows up in an old dress, and is teased by the mean girls, until one girl stands up and encourages all of the girls to give Christy pieces from their outfits to make her feel like the most beautiful girl there.

In order to create the script for the play, the girls took time to write scenes from the play, which were then pieced together to make the script. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the girls began learning the songs and dances for the show, and were presented with first a rough draft, and then a final copy (after they made edits) of the script. We all worked together to develop what we had created, so all of the girls felt like they had a distinct artistic voice in the process.

We continued to work on the dances, perfecting the moves, and while I presented the girls with a lot of material, they were always eager to learn, and excited to take on the challenge of learning the entire play in one week. They practiced their lines and their songs outside of camp, so when Friday came, they had created a truly fantastic production.

The girls were so proud of what they had created, and they were thrilled to share it with their families. I was truly amazed at what we accomplished in one short week, and I knew that it would not have been possible without such a fantastic group of students. The girls all worked together effortlessly, and the girls who had done the camp together before, welcomed the newcomers with open arms and a collaborative spirit. In the end, the girls not only put on a fantastic show, but they had a blast doing it, and made some new friends in the process.

-Briana Bower

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