Growing up, can you recall having to memorize a speech in grade school?
Do you remember how many hours of practicing it took in front of family and friends to get that few minutes just right?
Now imagine… memorizing lines for an hour-long show in just.. 8 days!
On Thursday, July 11th, participants of Burlington Student Theatre’s Performing Arts Camp (9-15 years old) & Little Performers (6-8 years old) performed The Little Mermaid in front of a packed house at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
For these students actors; “Arts Camp is a place where”:
- People are respectful of their own abilities and the talent of others;
- Creative skills are used to promote innovation;
- The focus is on wellness, culture and quality of life;
- Relationships, history and universal challenges are examined;
- Creativity and individual learning styles flourish;
- Teamwork, leadership, independence and cooperation are developed;
- Self-discovery, self-expression and risk-taking are encouraged; and
- Everyone works as a community towards sharing a goal
It is a place where they can express their individuality, creativity and talent while working together to create a masterpiece. From props, backstage responsibilities, to dancers, singers and production crew; every participant plays a key role into putting this production together.
But…how do they do it?
Arts camp operates no different than any other City of Burlington summer camp, with qualified and trained staff that organize full days of learning and fun! Students split their day’s learning in three main categories: dance, music and drama. In each of their “classes” they learn valuable skills such as building self-esteem and confidence, stage presence, organization and accountability.
It really is magical!
Watching the production of The Little Mermaid, was magical…and since pictures “speak 1000 words”, we thought we would share some of the show’s highlights:
As you probably already know … this summer’s theme is “Disney” with Beauty and the Beast scheduled as the next session’s production- oh so exciting because who doesn’t love rekindling with their favorite childhood fairytale.
We really hope that you will consider joining us next time; because seeing 100 children and youth work together, and in 8 days, put on a show of this magnitude; is pretty fantastic!
Oh and if you are interested in enrolling your child/youth in the next session, spaces are still available.
Congrats Actors, it was great to “be part of your world” for an hour!