I recently pitched the idea of having a Cousins Theater Camp as part of our Bailey Family Reunion in July. I was feeling deprived that I wouldn't be able to have regular Summer Theater Camps either in my backyard or in Pennsylvania for a daughter's Church group.
Looks like everyone is on board!
This is the perfect year for having the cousins camp for our 8 boys and 16 girls. We have a big core group of children that fall into the right ages between 4-13. We have a few older siblings who have agreed to be helpers and a few younger who, no doubt, will lend some refreshing comic relief with their inventive creative dancing. (The youngest girls are ages 18 months and almost 3)
The point is that a few of the 8-12 year old girls had significant rolls in cancelled school shows, and had also been signed up to do a Theater Camp this summer. But due to circumstances beyond their control, they have been denied these opportunities. So, I have simplified this little script so that these girls can do the parts that require more preparation and the others kids can just do the lighter fun parts.
We are doing a Theater Camp in a day, or rather 4 hours, start to finish. Most will come with their songs learned and their one-liner parts memorized. We will spend the morning learning some simple staging and movement. The oldest girls are teenagers --- two are theater geeks who will act as Narrator/Prompters, and the other two will be little Kid Wranglers. The older boys will be stage hands and sound techs. Fortunately, these children have mothers who have all had a lot of theatrical experience and will help make this happen.
That leaves very few in the audience, just the dads basically, but we don't care! They just better laugh and applaud ---- ON CUE!