For summer 2018, The New Century School expanded its already spectacular lineup of fun and exciting summer camps to include some new offerings. One of these was Musical Theatre camp, taught by TNCS’s amazing music director, Martellies Warren.
This camp focused on allowing campers free self-expression through exploration in set design, pairing dialogue with music and movement, and exploring the technical aspects of the performance stage.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical—humor, pathos, love, and anger—are communicated through the words, music, movement, and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.
Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it is distinguished by the equal importance given to the dialogue, movement, music, and other elements.
Exit Stage Left!
After first learning the all-important jargon–what upstage versus downstage means, for example—campers spent the week practicing a scripted humor piece as well as breaking out into groups to write, direct, stage, act (and even sing!) in their own short plays. They also designed their own playbills, which graced the front of the stage.
Here are two of the younger campers performing the humorous piece, to thunderous applause.
(Stars in the making?) All campers performed this piece. To see more examples of this funny little clip and maybe catch a glimpse of your rising star, visit TNCS’s YouTube Channel and look for “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Without Further Ado!
And now for the four plays, which, to put it simply, brought down the house. They are brought to you here, scene by scene. Scene changes in between were handled by the set team of each group, and they did a wonderful job. Mr. Warren emphasized that he intervened as little as possible to let each play troupe own the production from beginning to end. He was called on to help out with some sound effects, however, and played both a very convincing doorbell as well as a rotary phone. Other props were contributed by the players themselves.
The Perfect Slice
First up was “The Perfect Slice”—a compelling food metaphor for what we all seek, deep down. (Or deep dish?)
Next up was “Murder Mansion.” Watch out, Agatha—the horror genre apparently has crowned a new queen!
Warning, “Murder Mansion” may not be suitable for all audiences. Use your discretion. (Just kidding.)
One by one . . .
Finding a Pet
Third on the roster was “Finding a Pet,” a delightful romp through the process of welcoming four-legged friends into the family.
It’s one that nearly everyone in the audience found relatable, and kudos to the way the actors really inhabited their roles as animals.
Watch Out for the Witch
The final performance of the day featured a solo sung by one of the actors.
“Watch Out for the Witch” starts out as a suspenseful nail biter, but, in the end, all is well. This heartwarming tale about witchcraft mixed with sisterly love is sure to have you spellbound!
(Psst—the solo is in Scene 2!)
What a wonderful week of musical theatricality and general hijinks upon the stage. Although Friday was the final act, let’s hope that summer 2019 will include an encore of this amazing camp!