By: Corinne Cameron
“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else” ~ Tom Stoppard
What do you do you do when life is so jam packed and your plate is over flowing everywhere? Well you sit down and write a blog entry of course! This one will be shorter then the norm, as you if you follow me you know how long winded I am, and it’s a bit self serving. Before I get to my main point, I’ll fill you in on what I have been doing as of late.
In between producing and choreographing a show at Mashpee High School that opens in less than 2 weeks, getting ready for my own auditions, taking care of my dad and Remy, packing to move and trying to find a new house to buy, I have been meeting with various people from local community theater programs in order to do some profiles on them. Soon I plan to give some great places and activities for your children to do for the up coming summer. There are so many summer programs and productions that will be an awesome experience for them and very different then the normal day camp.
Children’s activities and sports are great teaching moments, not only build up physical or practical skills, but also building independence, self esteem and confidence. Children that participate in theater from a young age get a huge advantage with these skills. School Theater productions are historically known as a catch all, at times, for welcoming kids that may not feel they fit in any where else. Ok, that is not to say that these same programs can’t be filled with drama both on and off stage but they are welcoming nonetheless. However, getting them involved when they are young can build those self confidence skills early so theater is an activity they enjoy and excel at and not only used so they have a place to feel wanted. It makes it so they can feel comfortable trying other activities too and be right in the mix with all the other kids.
Here on the Cape we are so lucky to have such a booming community theater life! “Community Theater” has different meanings depending on where you live and also different levels of professionalism. Here on the Cape (and surrounding areas) its top notch. The various venues work very hard to bring great talent to the stage so you don’t have to leave the area to see incredible productions. Ok, I am trying to segue to my main point!
We have a newer community theater in East Wareham (technically), called Buzzards Bay Productions, a mere 10 minutes from the Bourne Bridge. They have been building up there program over the past couple of years and finally have a production where kids would be appropriate. As a side note, which I will have more details in a future blog, they will be having a summer program just for children this summer!
Tomorrow, March 2, 2014 starts auditions for “The Pajama Game” and children 5 and up are welcome to audition. Only a small handful of kids will be offered ensemble roles as part of two large musical and dance scenes. Teens that audition have the opportunity to be offered a child role or potentially with the adults as a factory worker. Dancers and tumblers are highly sought after for this production for those scenes. So….. If you have a dancer or a gymnast in your house that’s looking for another outlet in order to show their talents, have them come on down!
Also, for the more experienced dancers there are a few featured dance roles available. Ok, I know I focused on the kiddos but….. Have you ever thought of getting on stage yourself? Were you in your high school play but life got in the way and you miss the awesome community and freedom that comes with being under the lights showing off your talent? I am a firm believer that parents need to have creative outlets for many reasons but most importantly as to have some time away for some fun but also it’s great role modeling for the kids to see Mom and Dad pursuing a passion.
So with that I will leave you with this: If you want more information you can go to www.buzzardsplayproductions.com or the Facebook event page for auditions at https://www.facebook.com/events/224839211030346/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming .
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