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.

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Choreographer Amber Cumbee goes through a dance routine with students attending Drama Camp at Cross Creek High School.  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Choreographer Amber Cumbee goes through a dance routine with students attending Drama Camp at Cross Creek High School.

"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."


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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No_Longer_Amazed 06/20/08 - 10:02 pm
In the May 15, 2008 edition

In the May 15, 2008 edition of the AC "The school set a goal of raising $80,000 to send a group of 16 people to the festival, but it has only collected $47,896.97. It has until June 16 to raise the remaining money." $80,000 - $47,896.97 = $32,103.03, so why on June 19 do they still need an "additional $40,000," why is the deadline now "July 10," and why has no money been raised in the last month?

no4word 06/22/08 - 03:52 pm
Like everything else, the

Like everything else, the rising cost of fuel has applied price pressure on this group and travel plans. Had all the monies been paid by the first due date they could have taken advantage of early bookings. As it is they are forced to continue to wait to finalize air travel, etc. so the price keeps going up. No money has been raised in the last month because no one has stepped up to the plate to support this group. They have been steadfastly rehearsing and contacting local businesses to try and garner support and doing small fund raisers as they can. But, the bottom ine is if no one in the community decides to get behind them then they will not raise all of the money they need. Richmond County schools do not get a separate budget for drama like Columbia County does. All of its arts budget goes to its Magnet school. Considering the fact that this is the only other Richmond county school Other than Davidson to be so honored should create a lot of support. But, it doesn't. And these kids have to suffer for it.

No_Longer_Amazed 06/22/08 - 08:53 pm
Why blame the community for

Why blame the community for not stepping up to the plate to support this group and then say the kids have to suffer for it? Richmond County taxpayers pay school taxes and the Board of Education decides what to budget. IMHO, since this is an extracurricular activity, no one should have 'promised' this trip to the Creekside Players International Drama Team without having the funds committed to pay for it first.

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