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
Stone, Benedict, Mari, Maren, Evie, and Donna read aloud their play.
Stage Management seminar presentation
Design seminar presents their Puck costume design.
Joe, Will, Bridget and Margaret act out Othello.
Nula, Will and Bridget act out a scene from Macbeth.