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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…

  1. It’s the first day of camp! You want to wish your staff a happy opening, but realize that this isn’t quite right…
  2. 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.”
  3. There’s a dance studio and all you want to do is The Alabama Stomp, but no one knows what that is 😦
  4. You want to do a mic check before the all-camp gatherings that require sound equipment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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…”
  7. Theatre games.
  8. Sports? What? I’d rather the theatre games
  9. Sunshine. UV rays. Sunburn. I’m not used to this.
  10. Waking up early. What? The day exists before a typical 5pm call???
  11. When no one gets any of your witty references, because they’re all lyrics from showtunes.
  12. Headset etiquette… oh wait that’s the same everywhere… or should be.
  13. 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.
  14. Being expected to lead all of the skits because of your theatre background…
  15. … and actually not minding at all.

Author: Allyssa Ellen

A costumer, a makeup artist, an educator, and a librarian, all rolled up into one convenient, fun-sized package.

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