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Kids to ‘Act Out’ a Christmas musical

Elementary students to attend day-long mini-camp to learn more about theater

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With the holidays approaching, theater is going to host a day-long mini-camp called “Act Out” on Saturday, Dec. 15 for children in first through fifth grades. Normally, these mini-camps are centered around the yearly musical, but because this year’s performance was earlier than usual, they chose the musical “Elf.” Online registration ends Monday, Dec. 10, but walk-up registration will be available the day of the event.

“Anybody from first to fifth grade can sign up,” senior theater president Miquela Lopez said. “[They’ll] get to meet some of the high school theater students and then [they’ll] go to an acting class, a dance class, a vocal class and a tech class. [They’ll] have rehearsal and a performance for family members when they come back to pick [them] up.”

Lopez works with the student board and the booster parents who come up with the theme for the mini-camp each year. Together, they decide what schedule and format work for the students participating.

“We usually put our varsity students on [the job] and anybody else who wants to volunteer additionally can help out,” Lopez said. “I assign them the jobs I think they best fit. I’ll assign different group leaders to be the choreographers [and] the voice coaches.”

Before the end performance, the children will have to go through different stations to learn everything they need to learn. Senior Tomias Robinson, who is in charge of musical theater dance, has 30 minutes to teach five different groups of kids a one-minute routine to the song “Sparklejollytwinklejingly” from the musical.

“We have multiple stations,” Robinson said. “We have the tech side, where they’ll be making some arts and crafts, then we have the acting side where they’re going to be playing some theater games, maybe a few lines [for] a skit [but] also teaching them some Christmas carols. We also have some fun games planned throughout the entire day and snack time.”

Another member of the student board, senior Mahek Jaffer, is in charge of the acting station. There, students teach acting techniques and play ensemble games. The kids will also learn the lines that only a few will say during the performance.

“You can’t really act alone, especially in a musical, you have to trust everybody,” Jaffer said. “It’s a fun experience for little kids. It gets our younger crowd involved in something they might want to do in the future.”

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