Library drama camp stresses acting builds confidence to be yourself

By David Broyles

August 9, 2014

The Mount Airy Public Library’s Drama Camp wound up its annual week of activities Friday by encouraging participants to use their acting skills for confidence to be themselves instead of another character.

According to Camp Director Angela Llewellyn, the camp this year had the most participants ever with 32 and an average of 24 attending each day. She said “ice breaking” activities included introducing themselves to each other followed by acting out personalities in pictures clipped out from magazines.

“When I was your age I wouldn’t have had the courage to do this,” said Llewellyn. “I applaud how brave you are. Keep that level of willingness to try new things. The older you get it gets harder to have fun. Always be willing to act like a kid. If I had lost that, I’d be unhappy I guess.”

Llewellyn encouraged the group to use their skills to always be confident, on the outside at least even if they aren’t sure inside. She said coming across as confident would help them in society just like in an audition where they must stand out, shoulder’s squared and confident.

One concentration exercise in the camp had children quickly view items on a tabletop and then write down later what they saw. Ensemble skills drills such as taking turns adding to a theme and groups of three persons where the last person’s topic becomes the start of a new team’s chain of thoughts.

The “Expert and Host” exercise challenged campers to invent a name for themselves and then open the floor to questions of an expert who’s skill and name they make up at the last moment. Participants also got to perform one minute fairy tales where they decided how to act out a favorite story with only two persons.

Sisters Hannah and Hope Lichvar each agreed they liked to sing and dance at the camp. Hannah Lichvar said she particularly liked the acting drill where she got to relate to everyone like she was their boss. Hope Lichvar said she really enjoyed statue tag and the one minute fairy tales. William Carpenter said he liked the game where a role of two dice decided an animal and a mood to act out.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.