Now in its second year, Variety’s Curtain Up Camp provided this year’s Variety Theatre Children’s Ensemble with a weeklong session to help them prepare for the fall production. Campers learned all about the many facets of theatre, from on-stage skills such as acting and singing to behind-the-scenes talents like costumes and set design.
Each day, the Children’s Ensemble, which includes children and teens of all abilities, worked together to learn their lines as well as music and choreography. They also gathered for special sessions taught by Variety Theatre’s professional cast and crew, which included lessons on everything from sound mixing to stage makeup. Many of this year’s Variety Theatre interns were on-hand throughout the week as well, both to help teach and to learn new skills themselves.
The week culminated in a Curtain Up Showcase on Friday, during which the campers put on their own, shortened version of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Featured in the show were costumes, props and sets created by the campers themselves, and the script was split into three scenes with rotating roles so that each young actor could have a chance in the spotlight. The audience was blown away by the impressive production, which ended with a standing ovation and thunderous applause.
Curtain Up Camp would not have been possible, of course, without the help and direction of a wide range of professionals. We’d like to thank Co-Directors Drew Humphrey and Dena DiGiancinto, Musical Director Sarah Nelson, Dance Director Dustin Crumbaugh, Dance Assistant Dawn Gilbertson and the many other Variety Theatre professionals for their time and dedication.
You can see the inclusive Children’s Ensemble this October as they join a professional cast and crew for Variety Theatre’s 2018 production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Learn more about this 10th anniversary production here. Looking for more photos from Curtain Up Camp 2018? Find them on Flickr here.