On July 21, elementary and high school students from across the Willamette Valley descended upon Corban’s Salem campus for its 2014 theatre camp.
The Destinations themed camp was directed by Corban Assistant Professor of English and Communications Tamara McGinnis. Attendees received a well-rounded theatre experience with opportunities to write scripts, build sets, choreograph dance routines and perform before an audience on stage.
On Aug. 2, three performances showcased the students' work.
Corban alumna Krystal Kuehn ’13, helped her group of fourth to sixth graders put together the original play “The Selfish Crocodile.” The student created show featured Mabel the crocodile who refuses to let anyone share the river with her, causing the other animals to walk miles to another river. However, when Mabel wakes up with a toothache, the other animals teach her the value of caring and sharing.
Corban junior Emily Abbey also taught a group of fourth to sixth grade student and led them in a retelling of the Spanish tale “El Pollo Medio.” In it, Pollo Medio, a chicken with one wing, is determined to travel to see the king. However, she is confronted with those who don’t want her to reach her destination and must find a way to overcome these challenges.
Salem Academy drama teacher Lori Hammer helped her group of seventh through 12th grade students reinterpret the famous Lemuel Gulliver tale “Gulliver’s Travels” to create “Gulliver’s Travelocity.” The story features a group of runaway alien teens with a desire to find a land better than their own to live. However, after visiting the city of Selfia, with everyone taking “selfies” of themselves; the city of DaHood, where everyone is street-wise; and the land of Arendelle, where everyone sings their conversations in tune to an all too familiar song, they discover there really is no place like home.
The 2015 Theatre Camp will be held July 20 to August 1 with an “Into the Wilds” theme. For more information, email McGinnis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photos of the 2014 “Destinations” Theatre Camp and final performances here.