Playing Politics – a Showcase of Power & Payback

Putting up three plays in three weeks is no easy feat, so adding a fourth production (featuring all 37 campers in the cast) is the sort of extra challenge we love to set before the brilliant, eager minds of the ASC Theatre Camp. 

We’re not as crazy as we sound; we cut each of the three final scripts down to a run time of 60 minutes. As might be expected, cutting a play to one hour often results in a variety of acting tracks, some that give students less time onstage or working one-on-one with their director. The fourth production is our creative remedy – we ask the campers about their Shakespearean dream roles and build the script based on their answers. The result is a showcase of scenes and soliloquies from throughout the canon, woven together with a theme: this session, we’re prying into puzzles of power, pride, prestige, purpose, and payback. In short, we’re Playing Politics.

The Showcase will be this Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 at Stuart Hall’s King Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. Join us to see these young actors shine shine–and stay for an ice cream social after the ~hour long performance ends. Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, never fear! We will be livestreaming the performance on the ASCTC Facebook page — if you can’t be there personally, you can still be there electronically.

Making musical memories.

Today was all about the music — and let me just say right now that we have an amazingly varied and stunningly talented crop of campers this session. I mean, we always have a lot of talent in the room, but in my short tenure as Camp Director I have never seen so many instruments in the PEG dorm! These kids play everything – aside from the ubiquitous acoustic guitars (what’s summer camp without an acoustic guitar or seven?) and the usual handful of ukeleles, this session we also have five (yes, FIVE) violins, a saxophone, a trombone, a clarinet, a flute, several pianists (though none of them are in possession of the majestic kitty keyboard Elias Cross brought with him last session — each key “meows” its note when played), some maracas, I think I saw a tambourine at some point, panpipes and several different recorders. Oh, and CAROLINE RAYMOND with her upright bass:

You can bet your bottom buck that we’ll be making use of all of these musical talents in each of the shows as well as in our mid-session Showcase (which is on Saturday, July 30). Today we started working on an all-camp song, which will close the Showcase performance and make a reappearance to open the Final Performance Festival on Sunday, August 6. We’ve got a whole strings section, not to mention a clarinet-flute-saxophone-trombone quartet. It’s gonna be magic!

In addition to rehearsing music for the Showcase, campers had a lot of one-on-one time with their heroes today: they split into casts for Voice class with Alli Glenzer, which meant each camper was able to get more individual attention in their vocal work, and then we all joined back together for a music workshop with another ASC veteran actor (and extraordinary musician) Chris Johnston.