Cape Gazette

Summer Camp Day of Theater and Art a great partnership

FSCA, RSCT and RAL create new experiences
Aug 29, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth Peter Pan, played by Jamiah Eley, has Hook, portrayed by Jordan Walker, walk the plank in the last scene of the play Aug. 2 in Georgetown.

Each summer, First State Community Action Agency, Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre Camp and Rehoboth Art League partner together to broaden horizons and create new experiences for the children in the camp.

One week, campers travel to First State Community Action Agency's Georgetown location, where they spend a couple of days preparing for a skit in front of a live audience. Karen Murdock with Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre Camp organized 25 children to perform in three separate plays. This year "Peter Pan" was presented with two separate casts, and the "Magic Paintbrush" was performed once.

In addition to the plays, they exhibited their art from the summer programs with the Rehoboth Art League. Some groups made puppets, ceramic crafts, paintings, balloon-powered cars and hand-painted T-shirts. RAL has expanded its outreach program, in its 10th year, to include after school programs in addition to summer camps. Art Instructors travel to at least eight locations with 650 students to provide state-level instruction in the arts. Corporate and state grants and donations from foundations and individuals allow RAL to continue to grow this program.


Nathan Connor, 7, performs as Croc Tick Tock, Captain Hook's nemesis. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Peter Pan, played by Jamiah Eley, Journey White as Michael;  Alaria Lewis as Tootles, Niyah Wyatt as Mother, Ernest Lofland as Nibs and Jeremiah Bruce as John all settle in for a story after their journey to Neverland. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Amani Joynes, 5, sits enthralled by the performance of her peers in "Peter Pan." (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Mr. Smee, played by Zayair Fooks, listens to Captain Hook's plans to capture Peter Pan. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ernest Loflan, as Nibs and Alaria Lewis as Toodles from the town of the lost boys share a joke as they prepare to travel with Peter Pan. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Naziyah Hazzard as the Traveler in "The Magic Paintbrush" gives a gift to Da Wie played by Emily Conner in repayment for a favor. A poor Da Wie uses the brush to paint the needs of her family which come to life. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
In "The Magic Paintbrush" Niyah Wyatt as the mother and Vanessa Cherazard as Li Hua, send Dai Wie out to gather fuel and food for the cold night in China. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Angel Heart is one of the art pieces on display created by a Burton VIllage student. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Amy Walls, a representative from Discover, a provider of funds to the Rehoboth Art League for its after-school and summer camp outreach program, listens to Jurnee White, 6, of Pinetown discuss her ceramic art project and her inspiration for painting it pink. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
An oil pastel on black, stars and stripes elephant created by a student from Coverdale was on display. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Puppets were created by students in West Rehoboth's Westside New Beginnings under instruction from RAL. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Teeshirts with messages of love and joy were displayed by the Coverdale camp. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Teachers, parents, students and staff enjoy the plays presented by the summer camp attendees. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ashley Lofland plays Tinkerbell in the first act of Peter Pan (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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