By Chloe Lang
WAKE FOREST — For one week, kids ranging from ages 5-12 had the chance to be stars at the theater by demonstrating acting, playwriting and even stagecraft skills.
Two summer drama camps (the Stage Door and Stories for the Stage) were held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre June 20-24.
Instructors including Johannah Edwards and Barbette Hunter gave students lessons for storytelling techniques, ensemble building and other theater-related skills.
“(The goal is to) help children grow though the process of learning drama,” Edwards said.
Both camps were hosted by the Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT).
“We are pleased to be partnering with RLT to offer quality theater education in Wake Forest,” said Renaissance Centre Manager Cathy Gouge.
The campers were divided into two groups. The younger group (ages 5-8) worked on scriptwriting, played theater games, learned ensemble building, improv and storytelling techniques. The older group (ages 9-12) learned stagecraft, direction, vocal and projection techniques and effective rehearsal runs.
All of this work went toward the final showcase at the end of the camp. The showcase demonstrated the campers’ creativity at stage and drama during the week. It consisted of 12 student written plays and one large scale play.
The camp leadership has enthusiastically looked into extending a teen program with this camp.
“I really loved working with the kids” said camp counselor Julie Sultan. “I hope to see a teen program branch off of this.”