Tonight’s amazing theater production by our senior campersJuly 25, 2015
It was another gorgeous day for our very happy campers. Once again, the weather was pleasant and mild. As the sun rose over the lake about 180 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and Adventure Dave walked onto the docks for their Polar Swim. In the crisp morning air the lake felt like bath water, and most of the campers were disappointed when we told them that it was time to get out and head to breakfast.
Tonight, after a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, roasted squash and zucchini, and Baker Kristie’s incredible “Dirt Cups”, the entire community gathered in the theater for the premiere of our senior camper Broadway-style musical called “Back to the 80’s”. It’s a musical review filled with classic songs from the New Wave generation, and it was a ton of fun. This was the biggest theater production of the summer, and it did not disappoint. The singing, acting, and dancing was terrific, and you could see on the kids’ faces how much fun they were having up on stage.
I want to point out how hard it is to create a production like this in 4 short weeks, especially with all of the other activities our campers participate in each week. As you’ve likely read in this summer’s blog, most of our senior campers are incredibly busy every day. They play on traveling sports teams, climb mountains, are simultaneously working on practicing with their rock bands, creating a regular TV newscast, and of course just hanging out with their friends. And in the midst of all of this our teen actors got together regularly to put on this musical that involves complicated choreography, lines to learn, and songs to collaborate on. A huge bravo to all of our incredible actors, singers and dancers!
As part of our camp’s mission, we always want our campers to have the opportunity to learn real life skills that they can take home with them. Our fabulous theater director Zach Hilburn and our theater tech director Rob Negus put a great deal of attention on teaching our actors, crew and musicians new ways to collaborate, persevere, and adapt. By doing this together they helped make a great show even more impressive.
Quite simply, we had our biggest, most involved camper backstage crew ever working on this show. This year campers helped construct and paint the sets and scenery, create the costumes, and put together the lighting and sound design. Over the last 4 weeks of camp the kids learned how to use and control different lights, create colors schemes with gels, manage multiple styles of wireless microphones, and run both a lighting and sound board. They also learned about set design and backstage management. We even had campers performing together in our orchestra!
We are so proud of the 60+ campers and dozens of staff who spent this month of camp working on this production of “Back to the 80’s”. For those who will be here on Visiting Day tomorrow you will be quite lucky to have the opportunity to see this amazing theater production our campers put together!