Happy Opening, summer camp!
As of this auto-post, I’m in the midst of my first day as the director at day camp, which is 100% not theatre related.
So, no, not that kind of director. Director like “in charge.”
Sometimes I’m a little out of place as a theatre person in a regular, though really rad and creative, day camp. Let me count the ways…
- It’s the first day of camp! You want to wish your staff a happy opening, but realize that this isn’t quite right…
- When you tell your staff over the walkies that they have 5 minutes to get back from break, you expect to hear a “Thank you, 5.”
- There’s a dance studio and all you want to do is The Alabama Stomp, but no one knows what that is 😦
- You want to do a mic check before the all-camp gatherings that require sound equipment.
- You are a champ at using the sewing machines, but the camp kids don’t understand what you do when you tell them you don’t sew clothes for yourself.
- When you’re looking for exact measurements on the guide sheet to set up your rooms. No measurements? “This is the worst groundplan ever!…wait…”
- Theatre games.
- Sports? What? I’d rather the theatre games
- Sunshine. UV rays. Sunburn. I’m not used to this.
- Waking up early. What? The day exists before a typical 5pm call???
- When no one gets any of your witty references, because they’re all lyrics from showtunes.
- Headset etiquette… oh wait that’s the same everywhere… or should be.
- Having the “First one to enter, last one to leave” stage manager’s mentality when you really don’t need to. Those are some long days.
- Being expected to lead all of the skits because of your theatre background…
- … and actually not minding at all.