Today campers learned basic stage directions, stage positions, and parts of the stage. Ask your child if they know where stage right and stage left are (hint: it is the actor's right and left).
Today's lesson was about characterization. We explored acting from the top of our heads to the tip of our toes. We practiced using facial expressions as well as our bodies to show an emotion. We played a fun game of H-A-S-H, which requires you to display your emotions going from Happy, Angry, Sad and back to Happy very quickly.
Listening and reacting was a key lesson today. It is very important to listen to others on stage in case they change or drop a line so you may react properly. Campers practiced giving each other lines and reacting to what they said. We played a game of group juggling. This game requires a keen awareness of your surroundings because stuffed animals were quickly tossed around the circle.
Today's lesson focused on movement. Movement is important not only for numbers that have dance, but to create a character. Each camper explored moving their bodies in different ways.
One of the key elements is projection and articulation. The campers experienced what it would be like to watch a scene if you could not hear any of the words. Very boring! We practiced breathing from our diaphragms and projecting our part. Have your child say their lines from the show and move around the room to see if you can hear them.
Today we focused on vocal training. The children learned different vocabulary used in music and practiced singing different styles of music. They practiced following a musical director and singing in harmony and rounds.
As we get closer to the show, we reviewed characterization. A fun game we played was emotions party. Each camper who came to the party had a different emotion and the others at the party had to pick up the emotion.
In our second to last day of camp, we talked about stage presence. There are many things that an actor needs to think about such as where to look, what to do with their face and body during a scene. We did a full run of the show and it is starting to come together!