Anyway, determining when to hold my Summer Theater Camp has certainly become more challenging over the years. Because I cater mostly to the families in my neighborhood, I learn about all of the plans and scheduling difficulties of these families. My Camp has to compete with Swim Team, Young Women's Camp, Youth Conference, and even 5th Grade Science Camp, not to mention family vacations, Family Reunions and the 4th of July.
We all prefer to do the outdoor backyard Camp in June when the weather is somewhat cool (by summer standards in Utah anyway). Later in the summer has many more complications with Utah's Patriotic and Pioneer holidays. August is very short because school starts in the third week. Besides July and August are usually very HOT! As I sent around a questionnaire about possible dates for Theater Camp, nearly everyone said that they preferred June.
That left me scratching my head trying to figure this all out.
Last year, we held camp over three weeks, but called different ages of children on different days to skirt around everybody's conflicts. Guess that is what we will end up doing this year, too.
The good news is that I have picked a show, "A Successor to the Throne." This was actually the second show we produced for a summer theater camp in our backyard in about 2011. My daughter and her friends directed it with a group of the neighborhood children. It was a great success, even though we had some mighty rain storms that threatened to halt the show. At the last minute, the sun broke through and the show could go on.
Ah, the joys of outdoor children's theater!
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One of my favorite parts of this show is all of the Chinese Dances. The girls get to dance using parasols, ribbon wands, dance fans, puppets, and lots of flowers. They have a fun time and the dances are beautiful!