Cross Creek drama group holds camp to raise money for festival in Scotland

Darius Wadley loves dancing, so it's no surprise that the 8-year-old enjoyed learning some new moves during drama camp last week.

"It's so much fun. My favorite part is the dancing," Darius said. "The acting part is cool, too. I'm learning to be an actor and a dancer."

The camp was sponsored by the Creekside Players International Drama Team, the student drama group at Cross Creek High School.

"The primary goal was to give children in the community the opportunity to see what it's like to do a show in a theater," said drama director Leah Soderberg. "Most of all, I wanted them to discover the magic of theater."

The campers were instructed on acting, dancing, singing, creating props and other elements of theater. Rather than lecture, the camp counselors used games to help campers learn in a fun way.

"It was helpful because it kept my attention," said Mickala Ramirez, 12. "It made you comfortable asking questions."

Her brother Joseph also enjoyed the teaching style.

"The whole camp is very fun, and you get a lot of experience," said the 10-year-old. "We got to do some cool things and be creative. I learned a lot."

On the last day of the camp, the children put on a performance for family and friends.

It was also a learning experience for the counselors, Ms. Soderberg said.

"With our trip to the Fringe Festival coming up soon, this was a fun way for the counselors to sharpen their skills while helping the campers," she said.

The camp was one of the group's many fundraisers to help finance a trip to the festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August.

Rebecca Bowman, a camp counselor, is one of the actors who will be performing in the festival.

"It's amazing to think that I started out a lot like the campers -- interested in drama but not sure if it was something I wanted to do," she said. "I've gone from there to absolutely falling in love with drama, and now I have the chance to perform in Europe. It's a great opportunity for us and Cross Creek."

FRINGE FESTIVAL

Cross Creek High School is seeking donations for its Creekside Players International Drama Team to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform in the world's largest arts festival, the Fringe Festival.

The group has raised more than half of the needed money, but it needs an additional $40,000 by July 10.

For more information on the trip or to donate funds, contact drama director Leah Soderberg at (706) 772-8140.

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