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A “Once in a Lifetime”: Opportunity for New.


 

                On Saturday, it was the final night for the 4-Weekers.  This meant final good-byes to friends and some, to camp until they have the opportunity to return as counselors in two summers.  Yet, Saturday night was also a big beginning for camp.  The tables of Robinson Hall, were set aside for the world premiere of “Once in a Lifetime” an original musical by our Drama Specialist, Tim Seston.

              The action took place in a camp not too different from our own.  Yet, mystery settled upon many of the campers as they woke up and found each other together in the same place, but from different pasts.  These pasts were not defined by different area codes, but places in time.  A hilarious line was delivered by John as all the campers revealed being born in the 80’s, 90’s and he pops out from stage right exclaiming “Then how am I alive?”

                John’s performance was exciting and over-the-top. A perfect attitude for his character, Teddy,who wishes that he could fly.  His was only one example of what Tim called ‘exaggerated roles’, in his directors notes.  It is of his philosophy that these roles are played out on stage, so that, we as audience can find pieces of ourselves up there; connecting us to the story.  There sure were a ‘motley crew’ of characters. Some were more boisterous, others curious about the situation, some wanted to blow it all off and just take a swim. There were evil counselors and aliens, surprises and songs. The collaboration was a goal and  highlight of the show.

           Nora had a particularly simple, yet connected performance as the shy girl Janet.  For her song, she walked downstage and approached the audience with a patience that is difficult to find in even the most experienced of performers.  There, she was joined in song with Kate and Shea; a nice soft melody about inclusion.  This theme revealed itself as the goal for the play and of the campers in it.

     All types of campers with plenty of different backgrounds were included into the performance, including Pok-O’s spirited and wheelchair capable camper Luke, who delivered his repeated line “I don’t care” with the comedic timing of a professional.   Representation was from each section and both sides of camp. Experienced performers sang along with newbies and it was hard to tell which was which. 
                John took on his first solo ever in a show which was his camp acting debut.  The song “The Zig-Zag Hiking Blues” was already a camp favorite by the time the show began and so this was a responsibility to be upheld by the 2nd year ADV camper.  By the audience’s reaction and participation, it is safe to say, he did very well.  When asked why he wanted to come out for the play he said, “I was intrigued because I wanted to learn more about what was going on. I was excited to perform.” 
                This play not only highlights a budding camp theatre program, but also the opportunity to try something new.  Why not? As John says, “you might just find out that it is your passion”. Upon that answer, he wasn’t sure if this would be his last time on stage and cited the upcoming Moonshiner event in the three-weeks. This also speaks to the upcoming “opportunity for new”, which is the arrival of our 3-week campers. That means, new friends, new relationships with old friends, new classes and new chances to get out of a comfort zone.  This seems to be a growing theme of the summer and shows that this camp is a safe and great place to try and try again, something new.
                Congratulations to all of the cast and crew.  The show was a wonderful experience and well-sung/ acted on all parts.  It would be a pleasure to see you all on stage again.

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