Students learn how to take the stage at Indian Trail Summer Theatre Camp

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Jun 10, 2019 at 7:03 PM

Indian Trail Intermediate School theater instructor Rebecca Edmisten says there’s a lot more to preparing for an original theater production than dress rehearsals and choreography.

When it comes to drama, it’s all about attitude, expression and a bit of creativity.

On Monday morning, Edmisten continued directing her students at Indian Trail’s first Summer Theatre Camp, where they were working on a vignette scene, “Accordion Mayhem,” as part of their French-themed drama camp production.

The performance includes historical figures like Marie Antionette and common French “stereotypes,” according to Edmisten.

The drama camp began June 3 and started with students learning how to make their own props. Later, Edmisten began teaching students more about choreography, stage projection and the 101s of acting.

“The first three days last week, we were making props out of nothing,” she said. “You don’t have to go spend a fortune; you can make something that is really effective.”

Tawny Clark, 10, said she will be playing a “pink poodle” in the vignette scene practiced Monday morning. The incoming Indian Trail sixth-grader has always had an interest in drama, and she went into this year’s drama camp with some acting experience already under her belt.

She once played Suzy Harper in a Bristol Theatre drama adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

“I like to watch a lot of theater. When I was a little younger, I would watch ‘Wizard of Oz,’ and I was in love with it. I asked my mom if I could do theater stuff, and she said, ‘Sure!’” she said.

On Thursday night, the production will come together, and parents will get to see what Edmisten’s students have learned and practiced since last week. Edmisten said their “Showcase Cabaret” will feature original material directed by her for the students.

“It’s all original stuff created for these kids, which I think makes it more exciting,” she said. “It’s a great thing for kids to do, to get some application of what you’ve had them practicing and studying.”

For more information on Johnson City Schools’ summer camps, visit www.jcschools.org.

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