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Camp Director Charlotte Blacklock discusses "Christian" films with campers
When each camper arrived at Drama Camp, they had to perform a monologue prepared before the camp started. Some campers chose selections from Shakespeare, while others performed arrangements by Mark Twain or Oscar Wilde. Based on their initial audition, each camper was to chosen to perform a selection from a series of scenes (mostly dialogue) that would be presented during the final performance on the last day of camp. These scenes came from a variety of plays (classic and modern) that included Shakespeare and Steel Magnolias.
Throughout the week, campers worked on improvisational and warm-up activities, as well as learning a host of other acting skills. They also visited the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC, and attended a workshop which taught them how to perform works by Shakespeare. During their visit to DC, they ate lunch on the National Mall and campers performed their prepared monologues for the counselors.
The camp was taught by PHC Alumna Charlotte Blacklock (History, 2013) and a former teen camp counselor herself. She loved that Drama Camp allowed her to share her passion with the campers.
“It was so wonderful to be involved with camps again, and getting back into drama just reminds me how much I love it,” she said. “The kids were super enthusiastic and a ton of fun to work with.”
For Teen Camp Counselor and PHC Junior Noelle Garnier, her favorite part of the week was working with a group of campers performing a scene from Steel Magnolia’s. She and another counselor helped the group master southern accents, as well as assisting them in understanding some of the emotionally complex scenes.
Garnier has enjoyed all of the campers’ theatrical personalities. She believes they are all colorful and creative individuals.
Teen Camp Counselor and PHC Junior David Fullerton has loved his interactions with campers as well.
“The experience has afforded opportunities for both abundant spiritual growth (in the campers and in me) and incredible amounts of fun,” he said. “All of the kids seem to be loving the material they’re studying, as well as the whole camp experience.”