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by Chelsea Gilman, Business and Development Associate

Last week, I got to spend several days at our Lights, Camera, Action Summer Camp.  It was so wonderful to see so many kids having a great time expressing their creativity and hanging out with friends, new and old.  I was able to witness older campers reaching out and befriending younger campers, and siblings taking care of each other.  It reminded me of my wonderful years and years (…and years) I spent at summer camp.  I have very fond memories of creating films and plays to perform for my parents during my childhood summers.

The campers played games, watched films (including silent Charlie Chaplin films, Singin’ in the Rain, and Pirates of the Caribbean), and developed their own ideas for making a film.  With the help of our teachers, these campers created stories, sets, costumes, and acted in their very own films.  All four classes screened their movies Friday with campers, family members, and of course movie popcorn in attendance.  I could tell from the parent reactions how exciting it was to see their kids having a good time and of course getting to be silly on camera.

We’ve had four very fun weeks of summer camp so far this summer, with four more weeks to go.  This week is Crazy Creature Puppets, as well as our World Adventures Camp at UT.  I hope to stop by sometime to see the crazy puppets created at camp.  Whether it’s the final sharing or one of the other weekdays where I can see the learning and creative process, it’s always fun to stop by, lend a helping hand to our hard working teachers, and do what I can to see that the campers have a fun, and safe, time this summer!
Watch two of the films created at the Lights, Camera, Action Camp below!

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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