The Mount Airy Library’s Dewey Decimal Player last show for this season, titled “X marks the spot!” officially wrapped up the library’s summer drama offerings on Thursday. Summer Reading Program coordinator Angela Llewellyn is quick to point out the next project simply will continue “the cycle of drama” offered by the library.
Llewellyn is seeking children ages 7-18-years to participate in the Mount Airy Public Library Drama Camp for a third year beginning July 29 through Aug. 2. The camp is set to begin at 1 p.m. and participants are not required to attend every session. No previous theater experience is required for the free program. No registration before the camp is required.
“I plan on the camp lasting an hour a day but that will depend on the size of the class,” said Llewellyn. “It could go a little longer because I like to give everyone a chance to do everything.”
She said the camp will feature theater games every day and will begin with a session teaching theater terms. Games such as connecting participant’s names with motions describing hobbies are planned to build camaraderie between campers.
“Activities like that connect something about themselves with their name and just break the ice so they get comfortable with each other,” said Llewellyn. “We plan to act out short plays based on fairy tales. The last day of the camp I want to introduce them to face painting and stage makeup.”
Llewellyn said she started drama camps at the urging of young actors who saw the Dewey Decimal Player troupe and wanted to participate but were too young. Since the group is regularly affected by members who graduate from high school and move on to college, the need to always be on the lookout for new “Deweys” is crucial.
She said auditions are being planned for a Valentine’s Day production and auditions for the library’s Dewey Decimal Players Halloween show, “The Uninvited Guests,” will take place on Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. To audition, children have to be 13 to 18 years old, and no acting experience is necessary.
The recent pirate production marked new ground being broken for the Dewey Decimal Player group because the troupe invited audience participation. The play is about hungry Pirate Captain Smirk and the equally famished crew of the Red Pimple who send out for a meal. Crew member Chumbucket returns with food from Long John Silvers (the best pirate restaurant ever according to the characters) and a treasure map is found. Unfortunately the hapless crew cannot read and need the help of the audience.
“The play was completely written up to a point,” Llewellyn said. “The cast had to improvise after that on whatever the audience came up with. The teens have to really be involved to keep it from getting out of hand. They all did accents as well and it was a lot of fun as well as being a first for us.”
The “X Marks the Spot” cast included Sarah Carpenter, Jonathan Carpenter, Abigail Carpenter, Olivia Jessup, Madeline Gammons, Emma Ferry and Will Whitaker.The play was directed by Summer Reading Program coordinator Angela Llewellyn and was written by Brack Llewellyn.
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