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Session Two has ended and Session Three is already underway!
The weather was gorgeous here for presentation day on Saturday – puffy clouds, a light breeze and a blue sky. Stage Combat campers wowed us all with a retelling of the Celtic story of the White Horse of Uffington. The foyer was filled with incredible art work from the art campers, and newspapers created by the first ever Centauri Journalism camp. Our film premieres included movies created by two different film camp programs. The Orion Studio showcased an original piece of theatre by our Playwriting & Performance troupe, as well as hilarious improv scenes by the Zen of Comedy, and scenes from modern Canadian and American theatre by our ‘Acting for Stage and Screen’ campers. The Odyssey Theatre rocked with dance numbers, musical theatre pieces and original music compositions for almost two hours. In fact, the only challenge of the day was the closing of the QEW, which meant some families had a very long trip to camp, and arrived in the nick of time for the shows. Our finale included awards, a song led by our leadership program graduates, and the usual cheering, celebrating and tears of sadness as firm friends had to say goodbye.
Session Three is now underway and camp is calm and happy, after a crazy evening program last night that involved team challenges, program directors dressed as bizarre characters and countless trivia questions (how many balloons DOES it take to lift a live chicken???).
Now, in a quiet moment, I’m going over the evaluation forms we asked our session two campers to fill in. One hundred and fifty very happy campers. Here’s some of what they had to say:
“I enjoy the feeling of community and the great people I meet at Centauri”.
“My favourite programs were Backpacking around the World, and the Irish Banquet, and the Social Justice Night and also I liked all the live music and the Water Park and everything else!”
“My counsellors were SO awesome, always supoportive, always making us laugh and so great”.
“The best thing about camp is the staff, the collection of so many artists, the food and the community.”
“As a picky eater, I still found I always had a full stomach, there was always things I wanted to
“This is the greatest thing I have ever done, and I had so much fun I have to come back again!”
“I love everything here. I hope I can come back and I hope one day I can work here.”
And now, the second half of the summer is underway!
Check out the photos at http://www.centauriartscamp.com/media/Galleries/2011/index.htm
Julie & Craig
Yesterday was the final day of session one – and what a day it was! Three venues and ten final presentations, topped by a grand finale featuring every one of our campers. Here are some of the many highlights… Our Art & Design campers offered a slide show of the design work created by the campers, along with displays of gorgeous hand-bound books filled with visual poetry. Our stage combat campers restaged the Viking raid on the island of Lindesfarne, showing events from the point of view of Vikings and the monk-victims, in a historic presentation that moved through the fields around camp. Our Acting & Directing campers staged several traditional Indonesian stories, in a performance that included original sound and music, dark side mask, neutral mask and terrific performances. Our Film Styles campers mounted a film festival which included styles such as German Expressionism and slapstick comedy. Our Dance campers mounted several pieces, one of which was choreographed by our campers, reflecting given themes. In addition, we had a Clown show, an Fine Art presentation, theatre shows, vocal, musical theatre and much more. Camp was quiet last night, with our stayovers relaxing and so many terrific people gone. I can truly say this is the only time we see our counsellors with sad expressions, as they miss all the great campers they have grown to love. Not to worry, though – session 2 begins in a few short hours, and we have another set of amazing campers all about to arrive!
Check out more photos of the final presentations of Centauri Arts Camp, Session 1 here
Are you still hoping to attend Centauri Arts Camp in 2011, but unsure which program to choose? Here’s some more information on three of the exciting new programs (2 writing camps and an acting camp) we’re offering this summer!
Writing Camp: Comic Creation for Writers! (Session 4 – ages 9-15)
If you love writing, art and comic books, and you’re a follower of the current Superhero craze, then this is most definitely the program for you! Learn to tell stories in words and art, creating action scenes and thrilling characters that leap off the page. We’ll teach you how to conceive, create and write your own comic books, a medium that includes aspects of prose fiction, film-making and visual art. Campers will create their own superheros and villains, and the imaginary worlds they inhabit. We’ll also look at other genres too – adventure comics, autobiographical comics and more. Join us for 8 days of frenzied writing, art and fun as you explore this exciting genre and discover how to do it for yourself!
Acting Camp: Theatre Styles (Session 3- ages 13-19)
There’s more to acting on stage than creating realistic characters, and in this advanced level acting program we’ll explore the performance styles not usually encountered until university! Discover Method Acting, Absurdism, Epic Theatre, and everything in between! Learn new ways to use your body and voice, and fresh ways to create theatre that will inspire and enthrall an audience – as well as knock them off balance, teach and irritate them! Live performers can do far more than show life, as it is, on stage. In practical workshops we’ll explore the ideas of various theatre practitioners, before creating a challenging live performance of our own for the final day.
Creative Writing Camp: The Story of My Life
(Session 1 – ages 9-14)
The best source of material for our writing is our own selves, and in this brand new writing program we use our own lives as a springboard for writing! Discover how our memories can be a source of unique and exciting stories for us all to write and tell. We’ll explore not only what DID happen, but what you WISH could happen, as you turn yourselves into superheroes, aliens, emperors, ninjas – anything!
Join us and mix fantasy with real life as you learn to be a better writer, taking part in exciting games and challenges and discovering all the unique stories you have inside of you, just waiting to leap out!
Centauri Summer Arts Camp
The Centauri Information Session was a HUGE Success!
This Saturday, dozens of parents, campers and potential campers joined us for a very special event in West Toronto. It was an Information Session about camp – but with a difference! This year, instead of just telling all the families how awesome our staff are, we decided to SHOW them! Gillian Sze ( our session 3 Poetry and Prose Program Instructor) came in all the way from Montreal to offer a reading from her brand new book. She talked a bit about being a writer, and teaching at Centauri, and read several poems before signing copies for families to take home. Ian Walsh (our session 1 & 2 Stage Combat instructor) then offered a Stage Combat demonstration with his partner, Duane, out in the sunshine. Summer felt very close indeed as we sprawled on the steps outside the clubhouse and watched him demonstrate unarmed combat for the stage, and show how actors use broadswords. Finally, we moved back inside for the actual Information Session, where we did what pleases us most in the world – tell families abut Centauri and how much we all love it! Several campers booked to join us in the summer before the day was over, and we also had a chance to say hi to a few campers from past years – thank you to all of you for sharing the day with us… and we’ll see you again in a few short weeks!
Centauri Summer Arts Camp
If you have ever considered writing a novel, or if you have an idea for one and you just need some ‘pressure’ to get you started, then you need to check out this site: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/whatis – NaNoWriMo is an organisation that runs a 30 day novel writing challenge – and it begins on November 1st. There’s a special category for participants aged 17 and under, and the site also includes terrific writing prompts and ideas to get you started. If you take up this challenge, let us know! From our experiences this summer, we know we have several campers currently considering or in the process of writing their first novel… this is a terrific way not only to get started, but to force that great idea to completion.
We’ve been hard at work with our program directors this past month, designing a truly fantastic line-up of programs for you for the coming summer! For a sneak look at some of those programs,read on…
Gillian’s returning in the third session for an omega program focussing on Poetry and Prose, and for alphas we’re offering a terrific program in the first session exploring how we can use our life experiences for fact and fiction! For the first time ever there will be a Journalism program in the second session and, for alphas, a focus on writing comics in the fourth session. Oh – and both alphas and omegas will have a shot at Play-writing & Performance this coming summer!
For Artists and Photographers…
Aaron’s back all summer, and his programs include mixed media explorations, digital photography and more! There will also be an exciting ‘art & design’ program in the first session. We’re offering Comic Book Creation again, and we’ve added an animation component to the program.
For Acting Campers…
So many options!!! Long Form Improv, Clown, an advanced Theatre Styles program with Mladen, Acting for Film (with Valerie again!), Directing programs, Acting for Screen & Stage, and more!
For Dancers, Singers and Musicians…
There will be TWO music programs this coming summer, one run by Violet and one by J-M! We have musical theatre programs for alphas and omegas… and the alpha program gives you a chance to create your own musical! Veronica is adding contemporary dance and a new program: Let’s Dance POP! Finally, we have TWO singing programs. The new one is called The Centauri Glee Club!
For Film Makers…
Sofia is offering a focus on Japanese cinema and Matt’s running a movie-maker’s trip around the world for alphas, and a Real World Guide to Film-Making for omegas. We also have a film program inspired by Dreams, and Film Styles is back again by popular demand!
For Stage Combat lovers…
Between Ian and Hunter, we have combat on camp all summer long! From Viking invasions to Celtic cattle raids, Piracy to Peter Pan there is something for everyone… alphas and omegas, broadsword and rapier, found weapons and combat basics.
If you’re aged 11, 12 or 13 next summer, you’ll also be pleased to hear we’re offering several programs in the 11-16 or 12-18 age range, so you will have more choice than ever before!
Don’t forget… The 2011 website will go live by midnight on Sunday 31 October!
Well, session 3 ended on Thursday. As usual, the final shows, films and art exhibits were amazing. It always amazes us how much campers learn in less than 2 weeks! It was great to see some collaborations between departments such as the writing and dance departments, making poetry come to life in movement, and programs stretching the boundaries of theatre in the presentation of “Acting outside the box” where the program used the whole of the loyalist building as a big stage, having vignettes going on in different rooms as the audience moved between them!
We are now looking ahead to a great session 4!
Did you know there is a creative writing magazine based in New York that has a section specifically for high school writers? They welcome submissions of poetry and short stories, and appear to be very encouraging to new writers as well. You may want to check them out if you are a writer – but don’t forget to read the submissions guidelines carefully, before sending anything off! The magazine is ‘Hanging Loose’ , and you can find out more about them at www.hangingloosepress.com
Don’t forget Centauri also offers some amazing writing camps for teens! Our writing camps include writer’s workshops, poetry, play-writing and more!
A Summary of our 2010 Writing Summer Camps!
Session 1 Writing Camp: Play Writing & Performance (ages 14-18)
Session 2 Writing Camp: Creative Writing: Rock, Paper, Scissors! (ages 9-14)
Session 3 Writing Camp: Forms and Formlessness: A Poet’s Odyssey (ages 13-18)
Session 4 Writing Camp: Stop Making Sense! A Writer’s Workshop (ages 14-18)
Session 4 Writing Camp: Words in Action: POP Theatre! (ages 14-18)
Check out the full descriptions of the writing workshops at