Every week this summer Care Actor has camps in and around the DMV. So that means every week we have a new opportunity to teach and awaken the creativity of new students. Last week we have six camps running! That means six different groups of kids exploring how to improv, write, and think creatively in a way they never have before.
One of the most important things we do at Care Actor to facilitate that creativity is by allowing the students to explore the things that interest them most when it comes to the creative process. We take all of our students ideas and try to merge them together into one giant play. We learn that collaboration can lead to a new idea much bigger and better than one persons singular input.
Last week we had a camp that loved singing! When you have a group that loves singing as much as this one, it would have been a shame not to use their talents in the show. Since the children write their own ten minute play and then perform it for their parents we encouraged them to include a song they all loved to sing in the play. The song they chose was “Baby Shark” a popular camp song that uses funny song lyrics and movement to tell the story of a hungry shark family. In this play Sparky, a golden retriever had to help save a group of passengers that had been stranded on a deserted island after a shipwreck! Sparky was always looking to help, so he leads them to wood where they fashion a raft and head out onto the ocean to look for rescue. Sparky even helps pull them along! While they’re swimming they stop and see A SHARK! In true musical fashion, an interlude is taken to sing “Baby Shark” but luckily Sparky scared the sharks away and they all arrived safely on the shores of a more populated island. Sparky is given a medal of honor and the passengers praise Sparky for his Helpfulness.
If you couldn’t tell, the theme for last week was HELPFULNESS. The kids are asked to use a theme to inform their play. We are so proud of these students for showing us how Sparky could be a hero in extraordinary circumstances just through his desire to help. These students impressed me with their enthusiasm and unrelenting willingness to collaborate.
Each week is so different here at Care Actor. I am continually blown away by the students. I hope you will consider enrolling your students in our camps this year. Since every week is so different you can have them coming back for more!