Today was rocking’! We were SO honored to have Todd Roach lead part one of his drumming workshop. We can’t wait to share this music with you as an opener to our play! It finally happened- we introduced “Freeze,” a favorite improv game of most or all of our campers. We’ve been working up to Freeze all last week, playing improv games like “Word Association,” “String of Pearls,” “Hitch-Hiker,” “3-Headed Expert,” and others that would help get us ready to improvise.
The basic improv concepts that we try to teach during our two weeks of SPAE are as follows:
-“Yes, and” which is to say, go along with the reality that’s created by your improv partner. -Establish who you are and where you are from the first line.
-Listen more than you Speak
-Acting is Reacting.
We’re plugging away on staging the show. If we stay on track we’ll be done with blocking on Wednesday! We directors have been stunned by how mature, patient, and respectful our campers are while they are blocking- a process that is often tedious. Total rockstars.
While campers aren’t blocking they do a variety of things- work on sets and props, find costumes, and today we designed T-Shirts!
And lastly I have to give the biggest thank you ever to our lighting crew, Max Cramp and John Butler who’ve now spent two afternoons hanging and aiming lights. To light a stage in the round is no easy task, and we are so lucky to have them in our community. Tomorrow Max will lead a lighting workshop, and Mr. Ron Kelley will return to continue working with our instrumentalists!
Here’s some video footage from today!