Campers from 8 different countries came together last week at Focus Learning to put on their very own production of "The Wizard of Oz." Representing Brazil, Iran, China, Turkey, Japan, Korea, USA, and of course Canada, Focus Learning Summer Campers created a masterpiece from the bottom up, working hard to develop the script, scenery, and costumes as a team of learners.
From the first day of the week, campers were moving and grooving getting to know each other and their task for the week. Playing improvisation and energy games helped all to warm up speaking and acting skills and get ready for the first read-through of the story "The Wizard of Oz." After that, it was smooth sailing as campers assigned character roles, modified the story and script based on the skills and time available for rehearsals, and decided how the group of 13 different students from ages 6-13 would put on this show!
Throughout the process, campers demonstrated excellent team work skills, as they incorporated the strengths of all campers in the group. With the help of our awesome CIT (Counselors-in-Training), teams were developed to create the three different sets. Before Ms. Sara, the Drama Teacher knew it, all the costumes, and "The Farm," "The Land of Oz," and "The Palace" were complete, and students stood proudly to explain how they developed such intricate scenery and costumes in such a short amount of time.
When parents entered the "theater in the round" on Friday, they were amazed at the transformations that occurred in just one week. The campers had not only transformed the room into a "stage" fit for a show, they had also transformed themselves into confident characters ready to perform! After a successful show, campers were awarded with "Confidence Awards" created by the CITs-- certificates made to celebrate campers' strengths and growth over the week.
Ms. Sara is excited for Focus Learning's next Drama Production Summer Camp August 17-21, and looks forward to introducing the new campers to a brand new play!