Blog: August 2nd, 2018

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Hello Acting Manitou!

Yesterday was another busy and fun-filled day here at camp. In the morning, campers jumped into their final Master Classes. Margo's class learned about the 3 main kinds of auditions and techniques for nailing them, while the IATSE class got a lesson in lighting from our fabulous lighting designer, Paige! After Master Classes, campers travelled to their last elective class where they prepared for the evening's elective presentations.

Yesterday also began our traditional game of Gotcha! Every person at camp is given the name of someone they have to "get" and they can only get their target out by hitting them with a pair of socks. The first day is always a big one, and nearly half of the people playing the game this session have already gotten out :o Once you get someone out you get a new target (the target of the person you got out) and the game continues on until there are only a few players remaining. More to come on Gotcha! as the game progresses...

After a yummy lunch of chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries, the campers enjoyed some well-deserved down time before heading to rehearsal. As we get further into the session, every day the casts have a new piece of their set to work on. Yesterday the cast of The 39 Steps got to work with their outdoor balcony and steps for the first time, while in the Theater the cast of Noises Off got to work on the second level of their 2-story set for the first time! Big things are happening as we get closer and closer to tech week!

In the evening, everybody came together for elective presentations. This is one of my favorite nights at camp because it is an opportunity to see what everybody has been working on, and it is a wonderful reminder that we are always making theatre and we are always making art -- it's not only happening in the rehearsal room. Rachel's Sight Singing class showed of their new skills by singing a random melody they had never seen before. The campers in Justin's Monologues class each chose a staff member to read their monologues for the camp, while

Spencer's Contact Improv class gave us a sampling of some of the movement techniques they worked on. Benji's Found Text class and Kyra's Physical Acting class both presented original pieces. Throughout the evening we saw so many different performances and skills -- I was blown away!

It was a busy day, but we're ready for more!

All the best,
Gillian