So here’s what I know: I miss you all. As relieved as I am to be done with the madness that is Seussical, there is a comradery and fulfillment that comes with camp that is now absent. So here’s what I can tell you: we will be together again. See below…
FALL CLASSES / I am going to teach two of ‘em:
Beginning Improv / Grades 6-8 / Thursdays, 4:30pm-6pm / September 11 – October 16 / $75 + TN Membership
Build your improvisational foundation with TrueNorth’s Youth Outreach Coordinator Brian McNally in this entry-level course. The six-week class will introduce students to the concepts and skills necessary for structured, engaging and fun improvisation including pantomime, storytelling, readiness, cooperation, prop/costume manipulation, and more. Students with improv experience (games and exercises) but no formal instruction are encouraged to enroll.
Intermediate Acting / Grades 9-12 / Thursdays, 6:30pm-8pm / September 11 – October 16 / $75 + TN Membership
Have you ever felt like you know your lines, but not what to do with them? Or like you know your blocking, but not how to get there? Then Intermediate Acting is the class for you! Taught by TrueNorth’s Youth Outreach Coordinator Brian McNally, this class will utilize script analysis, character development, spatial awareness and more to help equip young actors with the tools to make believable, compelling and purposeful choices onstage. Students who have acted onstage before are encouraged to enroll.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM BEING A ZOMBIE / I’m directing, and auditions will be September 7-9. Rehearsals will begin October 6th. More info about tryouts will be forthcoming.
Can you believe we're done? Amazing. Thanks to all for the support, commitment and hard work it took to bring Seussical to life. We wish you the best in the upcoming school year, and hope you drop by TrueNorth sooner than later - if not for a class or show, then just to say hi.
And we're all getting ready in our own way. See you tonight!
...finding tickets because we are just about sold out! Saturday is the best bet for nabbing a seat. But don't forget about...
Tonight is free preview/final dress! Close friends & family (like 3ish per camper due to seating limitations) are encouraged to come watch the final step in the process of putting Suessical together. The show will begin at 7pm.
Until then, enjoy the Dr. Seuss television special that haunted my dreams as a child...
Here is the plan for Sunday & Monday. Please bear in mind that neither of these things are mandatory for campers to attend, but definitely encouraged to. If your camper for sure is not able to attend either event, please let me know so we can plan accordingly.
After the 3pm performance of Seussical here at French Creek, there is a 7:30pm concert at Lakeview Park called Music Under the Stars. The first half of the concert (7:30-8:30) is titled the TrueNorth Youth Musical Showcase. We will be featuring excerpts of the final performances of the previous two theatre camps, and then invite Center Stage camp onstage to perform selections from Suessical. Immediately following that, a reggae band called Gato’s Gullah Gumbo will perform until 9:30pm or so. I would ask that campers planning on performing/attending be at the park by 7pm.
Campers show up at 10am here at French Creek to help strike the set, put away props/costumes, and other wrap-up duties. After everything is settled here, we will hike (about a 20 min walk) to the Pine Tree Picnic area on the other side of the reservation, and have a cookout/cast party at Shelter #1 (the one closer to the giant parking lot). At 3pm, we ask that you show up at Pine Tree to pick your camper up. For the cookout/party, campers are welcome to bring side dishes, beverages, and/or outdoor games, which will be driven out to the shelter and looked after while the campers hike there. The link below is a map of the French Creek reservation – to get to Pine Tree, you simple make three rights or three lefts out of this building.
Looking forward to a great weekend celebrating all that we have accomplished.
Yeah, that's a motto from a television series that aired a few years back, but I think it's applicable in many circumstances, and certainly for us today. We are a mere three days away from what will be the culmination of four-plus weeks of work, preparation and effort; in the homestretch it is more important than ever to tackle the challenge ahead of us with clear eyes and full hearts. Believe me: these kids are doing just that.
Yesterday began the arduous process known as "tech" wherein we add all the technical elements (i.e. lights, sound, large set pieces/props) to the performance. It is an oft-maligned day because of its penchant for being frustrating and exhausting - not ours. I started the day sitting on pins & needles worried for disaster to strike at any moment, but left here elated at how well everything had proceeded, due in large part to the cooperation and professionalism of these campers.
Today was fantastic as well.
...we open. A few things:
· This Monday (8/4) morning will take pretty pictures of your campers’ faces to be placed in the lobby for performances (also known as a headshot board). If they miss that portion of the day, we will have another round Tuesday morning.
· Please have your camper arrive Monday-Wednesday in costume (solid color shirt/black bottoms and shoes).
· We will do a Thursday (8/7) evening free preview/final dress. Campers who use mics need to arrive by 5:45pm, everyone else by 6pm. The show will begin at 7pm. Close family & friends (e.g. no more than 3 or 4 folks per camper because we can only seat 160) are welcome to attend.
· We do have normal camp hours, Friday (8/8).
· For Fri & Sat performances campers who use mics need to arrive by 6:15pm, everyone else by 6:30pm. Sunday’s matinee: 1:45pm and 2pm, respectively.
· More information regarding Sunday evening’s Music Under the Stars performance and Monday’s (8/11) cast party will be disseminated later this coming week.
HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND