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Theater Camp culminates with mini-plays

Goldilocks briefly refers to her script.

A Theater Camp held last week ended with a series of mini-plays held Friday at the Colleton Center on Hampton Street.

The camp, for children ages eight through twelve, taught about acting and the performing arts. Jenny Bunton and Campbell Tripp were the course instructors. Colleton County Cultural Arts Director Maggie Hendricks said Monday the youths did mini-renditions of the stories The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Alice in Wonderland, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.   

The first day, the children played games that taught them how to project their voices and show emotion. Hendricks said the children were assigned play parts, and the rest of the week was spent putting the plays together, picking up costumes, and practicing parts.

Director Jenny Bunton said Monday that she was very pleased with how the event proceeded. “We only had the children for a week for two hours each day, so I think that it turned out really, really well. I was very surprised because we told everyone that they could read from a script if they had to, but many of the kids actually memorized their parts.”

Bunton, who is also director of the Colleton Children’s Theater as part of the Arts Council, also pointed out that some of the children have been involved the the Children’s Threater in the past, but most of them had little or no acting experience before the theater camp, “They really got into acting,” she said.

Bunton said she hopes to be able to hold the camp for two weeks next year, as it has been done in the past. “Hopefully, we can do two weeks again next year if grant funding is available.”