Last Day of Camp

It has come down to this: the last day of camp before we present our plays to the public! It feels like we just started camp not too long ago, but tomorrow our campers will be heading home with their families. These past few days have been tough with midnight rehearsals, and now the campers are presenting songs before the regular ASC Summer Season shows in order to advertise for Sunday. Each cast gets to perform a song from their show during the Preshow at the Blackfriars Playhouse. Last night I watched Alli Glenzer introduce the cast of All’s Well, and they performed their French rap song! The audience took a few minutes to realize that the campers were singing in French, but at the end there was thunderous applause.

Today Part A and Part B of 3 Henry VI will plug their shows at the Playhouse while the rest of us are in rehearsals. Today is dedicated to finishing up all the loose ends and eventually, to packing up camp. Tonight, campers and counselors will be packing up the theater spaces as well as their individual rooms, so that tomorrow can be all about the performances.

I got to watch a few minutes of 3 Henry VI Part A rehearsal in the Blackfriars Playhouse this morning and took a few pictures. Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Molly, Camp Intern

Andrew instructs Elsa on correct 'hair pulling' techniques onstage.

Andrew instructs Elsa on correct ‘hair pulling’ techniques onstage.

The York brothers mutilate the body of Clifford.

The York brothers mutilate the body of Clifford.

Campers practice their song snippet for today's matinee.

Campers practice their song snippet for today’s matinee.

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The Final Presentations Are Here!

With the final week comes the Final Presentations. Each of our seminar groups presents the information that they have gathered over the course of three weeks. Our seminars are Theater History, Directing, Stage Management, Arts Administration, and Design. Seminars are a chance for campers to research the world of theater and to see what jobs are available for them.

Theater History presented the research they had conducted on Macbeth. They collected a ton of information about Shakespeare’s source material, early modern special effects, actor reputation, the true story of Macbeth, King James I, and the king’s influence on Shakespeare, as well as the history of witches on stage. Each student researched the different topics that interested them and then created a powerpoint in order to share their information.

Playwriting presented a play of their own composition: Campers tried to turn Cinderella into six different variations based on the research they had collected on Roman, Shakespearean, 17th Century French, Late 19th Century, and Absurdist playwriting. As they read their play, the audience was led through all of different types of theatre.

Arts Administration explained how you can make your own theatre company. They went through the major departments: Artistic, Marketing, Education, and Fundraising. The campers discussed the different job opportunities that are available off-stage.

Stage Management presented the information they gathered on the pre-rehearsal, rehearsal, and performance stages of a play. Each camper presented the different stages of the play process and stressed the importance of a Stage Manager. We don’t always discuss all the hard work that goes on backstage, but this presentation showed all the campers just how hard stage managers in particular work.

Design explained the five elements of theater design: lights, set, costumes, sound, and props. They designed a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream where the action takes place in modern day New York City. They mashed up themes of nature and city in order to create an interesting esthetic onstage. Humans were dressed in silver, black, and red while fairies were animalistic or covered in plants.

Directing presented several short scenes that each camper had directed. We had scenes from Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, R&J, and Much Ado. I love how the campers were able to show off all the things they had learned about Shakespeare’s staging conditions!

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

Nick and his seminar group discuss Macbeth

Nick and his seminar group discuss Macbeth

Stone, Benedict, Mari, Maren, Evie, and Donna read aloud their play.

Stone, Benedict, Mari, Maren, Evie, and Donna read aloud their play.

Stage Management seminar presentation

Stage Management seminar presentation

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Design seminar presents their Puck costume design.

Design seminar presents their Puck costume design.

Joe, Will, Bridget and Margaret act out Othello.

Joe, Will, Bridget and Margaret act out Othello.

Nula, Will and Bridget act out a scene from Macbeth.

Nula, Will and Bridget act out a scene from Macbeth.

Practice Makes Perfect!

All’s Well rehearsals have been moving at a break-neck pace this week. Our young actors work tirelessly on their lines, blocking, dance moves, and songs (yes, SONGS!). With only four days left, excitement mounts as we await our time in the Blackfriars Playhouse tonight for our second dress rehearsal. During rehearsals this morning, Lee and the cast worked to clarify the comic and dramatic moments in the show. Here are some moments from our very energetic rehearsal today.

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All is Well,

Aubrey
Dramaturg, All’s Well That Ends Well

The Week of Dress Rehearsals Has Begun!

Last night started our week of Dress Rehearsals at the Blackfriars Playhouse. The campers worked in the space from seven p.m. until midnight; so if they seem tired today, you know why. Dress Rehearsals are meant to help pull together all the pieces and workout problems before the final day. Some casts did full run throughs of the play with costumes, choreography, and props, while others just ran the entrances and exits. Every minute in the Blackfriars helps the campers figure out the space before the show day.

I snapped a few pictures of All’s Well before my camera died. Enjoy!
Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

Helena and the King of France dance

Helena and the King of France dance

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Secret Sonnet Night

Yesterday I talked a little bit about Secret Sonnet Night, and here is a little bit more about it: at the beginning of camp, campers and counselors draw names out of a hat to find out who their Secret Sonnet person will be. For the next two weeks, campers have to find out as much as they can about their sonnet person (but in a super secretive way). The idea is to not let anyone find out who your sonnet person is until Secret Sonnet Night, when all is revealed.

I have a hard time writing sonnets because of the strict rules. A Shakespearean sonnet must contain fourteen lines of iambic pentameter in the specific rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG. The structure can be difficult to do perfectly (for example, my sonnet wasn’t very iambic) but everyone wrote a very good sonnet for their person.

On Sonnet Night, we dress up like the person we wrote the sonnet for and recite our sonnets to them in front of the whole crowd. It was fantastic! Enjoy the pictures.

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

Alex recites to Maren.

Alex recites to Maren.

The whole gang is ready for Sonnet Night!

The whole gang is ready for Sonnet Night!

Bridget recites to Andrew.

Bridget recites to Andrew.

Rebecca recites to Francesca

Rebecca recites to Francesca

Grace recites to Colin

Grace recites to Colin

Sydney recites to John.

Sydney recites to John.

Mari recites to Sophie

Mari recites to Sophie

Adele recites to Nula

Adele recites to Nula

Bridget recites to Tom

Bridget recites to Tom

Daniel recites to Matt

Daniel recites to Matt

What You Will

Last time was What You Will – a chance for campers to show off other talents that they don’t get to show in rehearsal. I find it amazing that they have so many talents, from magic tricks to singing or performing SNL monologues.

Today we are going to the pool and tonight we present our sonnet to our Secret Sonnet friends.

Until Next Time,

Molly, Camp Intern

Dan performed an original piece.

Dan performed an original piece.

Margaret performed 'Tiger,Tiger'

Margaret performed ‘Tiger,Tiger’

Blaire and Mari did a choreographed stage combat scene.

Blaire and Mari did a choreographed stage combat scene.

Nick, Will and Joe sang a little bit of Gilbert & Sullivan

Nick, Will and Joe sang a little bit of Gilbert & Sullivan

Sydney performed a magic trick.

Sydney performed a magic trick.

Benedict performed an SNL monologue.

Benedict performed an SNL monologue.

Andrew, Sophie and Will performed a Flying Circus skit.

Andrew, Sophie and Will performed a Flying Circus skit.

Dan, Colin and John sang 'In the Jungle'.

Dan, Colin and John sang ‘In the Jungle’.

Bridget and Deb rapped about Othello

Bridget and Deb rapped about Othello

Chloe performed some Tenenesse Williams

Chloe performed some Tenenesse Williams

Blaire sang and played piano.

Blaire sang and played piano.

Grace performed a tap dance routine.

Grace performed a tap dance routine.