WISD ‘Summer on Stage’ Returns
Wylie ISD students attended the third annual “Summer on Stage” camp hosted by Wylie High School on June 11 – 15. Future thespians entering seventh through twelfth grade were introduced to a week of theatre fun and learning. Campers were divided into groups before rotating through workshops such as professional stage combat, as well as preparing to perform in two separate plays.
WHS Theatre Director Polly Harrison explained, “The objective of the camp is to introduce the students to outside clinicians. The technical director at Wylie East is teaching lighting, so she’s the exception. She’s directing the junior high kids because she’s not typically their teacher.” The lighting workshop focused on basic lighting design. They discussed the many ways colors work on stage and how they can be used to create new scenery. Students researched how colors together form other colors and how to mix them correctly.
A choreographer spent time teaching a workshop on basic musical theatre choreography. Camp organizers also hired a nationally recognized expert in college auditions who is an author and writes for the Huffington Post. She led a workshop for high school students on how to audition for college. A college professor was also on hand teaching a workshop on how to use your voice on stage. Throughout the week, students had a technical rotation each day working on costumes and props, among other things. On the last day of camp, actors took the stage to perform “Broken Hearts” and “The Diviners.”