Theatre Camp students will perform original scripts
July 23, 2009
The Theatre Arts Department cordially invites you to the 2009 Theatre Camp “Saturday Showcase” on Saturday, August 1. Students in grades 4–6 perform at 2:00 p.m., and students in grades 7–12 perform at 6:00 p.m. In these programs, “Vital Oregon, Pumping for 150 Years,” Theatre Camp participants will perform their original scripts, showcasing what they have learned about Oregon’s history while developing theatrical skills at camp.
For two weeks, Theatre Camp students have teamed with other members of their age track, with whom they have created scripts of historical fiction. Both traditional and original songs have been included in the scripts, said Director Tamara McGinnis.
The students have also been maturing in specific areas through sessions taught by experienced theatrical artisans and former college actors. Sessions have included costuming and lighting, improvisation, movement, make-up, and more.
One difference from previous years, relayed McGinnis, is that the groups are correlating their scripts with each other for the first time. “The showcase is usually a collection of individual scenes, but this year the whole program will be coherent—for me that’s really interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing how they will bring it all together.”
McGinnis also emphasized students’ eagerness to learn about things that actually happened. “Beyond what makes it into their scripts, they’re actually learning quite a bit about history in general, and Oregon’s history, specifically.”
Both performances will be in the Psalm Performing Arts Center on Corban’s campus at 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem 97317. Admission is free.
By Jenny Hirschfelder, Staff Writer, Office of Marketing & Communications
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