Lemondrops Summer Camp
LEMONDROPS SUMMER THEATRE CAMP – 2016
For the fourth year in a row, Lemon Bay Playhouse has held the Lemondrops Summer Theatre Camp for children. Again, the camp was taught by Cheryl Hastings and Patty Tuff, two of our volunteers dedicated to teaching children the methods of acting. This year, there were 20 campers, ranging in age from seven to thirteen. Many were repeat students, including a few that attended all four camps. This year, there were fourteen returning actors. This is a real tribute to the teachers and aides involved in the program. This popularity of the summer theatre education opportunity demonstrates the need for this children’s education and exposure to the theatre arts.
Eleven of the campers received full or partial scholarships. Seven of the scholarships were provided by LBP and four scholarships were provided by the Royal Palm Players of Boca Grande. Lemon Bay Playhouse thanks the Royal Palm Players for supporting our mission and efforts in providing education and training in the performing arts.
The classes ran Monday through Friday from 9:00am to noon. The classes started July 11th and ran for three weeks. The camp included snacks for each of the future thespians. In addition, the campers received an acting workbook, a water bottle, and a camp shirt.
The students were instructed by Cheryl and Patty. They were assisted by five volunteer camp helpers: Matthew Black, Nathan Black, Kayla Gebert, Dori Mann, and Myranda Villacis. The campers learned improvisation, characterization, blocking, puppetry, stage direction, and many more acting related activities. All of these techniques were then used in performances provided to parents and family at the end of the class. The performances were of two shows written by playwright Cheryl Hastings. The plays were The Pin Head Brigade and The Nut Family Reunion. Patty and Cheryl each directed one of the single act plays. Preview rehearsal for the summer camp students was performed for LBP volunteers on Friday, July 29 at 10am. Performances for the family and friends of campers were held on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 7pm. A “make your own sundae” cast party immediately followed the last performance. The families and friends of the campers were invited to the cast party.
Four of the children that participated in this years Lemondrops Summer Theater Camp have been selected for a part in the production of “Bob’s Your Elf”.
This year’s camp and performance continues to foster the dreams of Rita Corn who started the program with her husband, Dick. Thanks to all involved in this camp and for the continuation of this tradition at Lemon Bay Playhouse.
Lemon Bay Playhouse will be offering another Lemondrops Summer Theatre Camp in 2017. Please keep an eye out for announcements in the near future.
PHOTOS FROM THE 2016 LEMONDROPS SUMMER THEATRE CAMP