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Scenes from Camp and Conversations in the Car

by Anita Ashton, Development Director
What an incredible summer of camp it has been! It completely cemented my kids’ opinion that I have the best job ever. While they don’t completely understand what I do, they are proud that my work somehow supports the creative fun they have enjoyed with the amazing teaching artists that lead our camps.
As a parent, the best gauge of how engaged your children have been in an activity is the conversation that follows, and some of those conversations require shaking off the mundane concerns of an adult and embracing the wonder and open heartedness of childhood.
“Mom if you could have a mythical creature as a pet, which would you choose?”
It’s worth noting that the mundane concerns of adulthood are HEAVY and pretty well-attached. A unicorn is the best I could come up with. My son, Theo, looks at me pitifully with an expression that says poor, boring, unimaginative Mom.
“I’d pick a griffin,” he says. “You’d pick a griffin over a phoenix?” my daughter, Sasha wonders. 
Shoot, why didn’t I come up with ‘phoenix’?
And its not just the creativity and fantastical new ideas… its the nuts and bolts of theatrical expression. From the backseat, I heard their discussions of story-boarding and and the concerns of being prop master and costume designer. When they play pretend at home, instead of “Now pretend that…,” I hear directions like “In the next scene, let’s…”
In the next scene?
They’ve had a ball, they’ve worked hard at having fun and deserve to take a bow…
There is one more week of camp to go before the end of summer. Please join us for Songs for the Stage summer camp by registering on our website.

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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