For a child, there can be nothing better during the summer than going to a summer camp. Making new friends, learning something new, and just having fun are all part of the summer camp experience. For a child who is interested in theater, a summer theater camp can be one of the best experiences of that child’s life. I recently had the opportunity to visit a summer camp at The Leddy Center in Epping and speak to Elaine Gatchell, Leddy’s executive director and Jennifer Cardin, the camp director/instructor about the camp.
This camp focused on musical theater. The children- who are between the ages of 5 and 8-learn a variety of acting games, such as charades and magic mirror, as well as a musical number that they perform for their family and friends at the end of the week. This year, the children learned a musical number from the show Annie. The number is chosen based off of what is being taught in Leddy’s year round performing arts classes, but as Elaine and Jen told me: “Oliver and Annie are always our standbys”. The camps are usually very full, “this year I had 16 kids”, Jen told me. The goal of the camp is to help the children do the best that they can and to help children discover their passion. Sometimes, the children will go on to participate in other classes and even in Mainstage productions at Leddy Center. As Elaine and Jen put it “the best part is seeing the children learning something new”