Be a Camp Counselor!

You guys, I don’t know how to break this to you, but this school year is almost over.  I know this is devastating news.  What are you going to do with all of that extra time that you normally spend conjugating foreign verbs and creating PowerPoint presentations?

For SCT, the end of school means the beginning of summer camp, which is our all-time favoritest-favorite thing to do.  For eight glorious weeks, kids and teens get to focus on simply being here and enjoying a fully-immersive theatre experience without the added pressure of homework assignments, test prep, or matching socks.  We adore getting to watch our students relax and enjoy their summers, with an absolutely 0% chance of sunburn.

Junior Counselors     One of the best events we offer during the summer is our Junior Counselor program for rising 9th-12th graders.  High school students get to act as production assistants during camps, and in return, earn tuition to attend the teen camp.  Pretty sweet deal, right?  Junior Counselors work hard at each camp session, assisting younger students, facilitating theatre games, and providing production assistance; everything from sewing costumes to hot gluing props to building and painting scenery.  Oh, and they get to pick theme days and dress up to come to “work.”

Rising 9th-12th graders need to apply for the program by filling out a JC application form and having it signed by a parent or guardian.  If accepted into our program, JCs must attend a mandatory training session, and be available to work an entire session of camp, including the show weekend.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them!  Over the years, our JCs have repeatedly told us that they look forward to working summer camps more than almost anything else during the year.  So…what are you waiting for?

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P-R-O-G-R-E-S-S, PROGRESS by Laura Keena

 

I am happy to say that our Teen Theatre production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is well underway! No little feat, I can assure you!!

 

In the course of our tech week we have added  a litany of elements; costumes, microphones, additional props, lighting, the live orchestra…it can get pretty crazy. My hope is that from rehearsal to rehearsal our students can not only retain the new information but also continue to develop their performances as we get closer to opening night…which is tonight!

 

The audience participation element of this show has been a real work in progress. Our fearless tech crew have been drafted into service on that front, which has turned out to be a priceless asset. Having our techies stand in has given the cast a sense of control over a part of the show that had previously felt a little scary.

 

I must say, my favorite example of progress is, in spite of what has felt like a fast and furious schedule, these young actors are dedicated enough to put in the extra work to make this show extraordinary.

I really H-O-P-E everyone who knows these talented teens sees this show. I’m delighted and proud to say that there are some genuinely great performances to see this weekend. Don’t miss it!! May 15th & 16th @ 7pm, 17th @ 5pm, 18th @ 3pm.

Keeping it S-I-M-P-L-E, by Corbin Hernandez

             The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is not a show one would expect a children’s theater to produce, even in the hands of teens.  The music is difficult, there are many elements of the show that can change on a whim, and the emotional journey of the show is kinda rough, to put it lightly.  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from being around here for only a brief 9 months, it’s that Savannah Children’s Theatre is no ordinary children’s theater, and challenges like this are exactly what they like to face head-on.

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            If you’re unfamiliar with the show, here it is: Putnam County is having its representational Spelling Bee Championship.  The grade school spellers include a kid who spells with his foot, a “perfect” Girl Scout, an overwhelmed lisper with two dads, a girl who speaks six languages, a boy who wears a cape, and a girl whose best friend is a dictionary.  Two adults with problems of their own wrangle the kids through the Bee with the help of a convict on parole doing community service as a “comfort counselor.”  Sound like fun?  Now throw in four audience members as ‘guest spellers’ every night and you have one wild show!

            With so many elements to juggle, I decided to stick to an old acronym: K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid.  After all, what better way to tackle this show than to spell it?  My role in this class show is to handle all things tech and to act as stage manager.  Thanks to the work of Mike Prow with On-Site Services, lights aren’t usually much fuss when working in the Black Box Theatre.  Fun work, though!   F-U-N.

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The “star” of the show.

            Teen Theatre Director, Laura Keena, and I had great communication and came up with lots of ideas together about the set.  Overall, we’re keeping it simple.  The setting is a gymnasium: championship pendants on the walls, 2D set pieces, and a basketball floor with a giant school mascot in the middle.

            With the help of Eric Mitchell, we brainstormed on what kind of mascot Putnam High School would have, and we decided on the ever-elusive Snipe.  This may or may not be a terrible idea, as paint on the floor of the Black Box has a tendency to not want to be paint on the floor of the Black Box for very long, but how could I say no to that face?

One decent sketch after many failed attempts.

One decent sketch after many failed attempts.

          Joined by the amazingly talented Brandon Kaufman as Musical Director, the members of our creative team are all very familiar with the show and have seen it multiple times.  I’m very excited about the work we’ve all put in so far and how unique this production is going to be.  Join our Facebook Event to keep track of our progress.  If you’ve never seen The 25th…Spelling Bee before, you’ll really enjoy it – but even if you have, you’ve never seen it like this.

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     Brush up on your vocab skills, y’all!  We’re days away from opening And Then There Were None, but I’m already excited about starting our next Teen Theatre class.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been one of my favorite shows since I saw it on Broadway while I was in college.  The music is awesome, the characters are devastatingly easy to identify with, and it’s just darned funny. This show is that perfect melding of side-splitting humor and excellent story telling.  I think it will be a wonderful challenge for all involved, on and off the stage.

     I am hugely excited to be working on this project alongside Brandon Kaufman and Corbin Hernandez! Brandon will be our Musical Director, but he will also be stepping out from behind the piano to Assistant Direct.  Corbin will be our Stage Manager, overseeing the technical aspects of the show, and running warm-ups for the cast.  We will focus a lot of warm-up time on honing our ad-libbing and improv skills, which are key in a show with audience participation.  You never know what can happen!

      The…Bee is open to high school students of all abilities. Classes begin March 11th, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm, and the show opens on May 16th!  Registration forms can be found in the front office at SCT, or by clicking this link right here

     Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t implore you to catch this week’s Teen Theatre production of And Then There Were None! (Intrigue, murder and madness, oh my!)  Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, this show will keep you guessing til the end! Starring Emily Edwards, Noah Edwards, Brennan Jones, Caitlin McCarthy, Catie Morris, Michelle Negley, Matt Weeks, Matthew White,  and Corinne Willis.  Four shows only!  Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 3pm and 7pm; Sunday at 3pm.  Come see some of the incredible young talent growing up at SCT.