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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
Sprockets – Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth starts this week.
Sprockets 2011 Opens With World Premiere Of Pixar’s Hawaiian Vacation.
With more than eighty films from twenty-seven countries spanning all genres, Sprockets brings the world of cinema to Toronto’s audiences, along with an exciting slate of special guests, hands-on family activities and showcases for young filmmakers.
Check out their web site at http://tiff.net/sprockets?sdate=6/4/2011
Check out the Film Camps and Summer Film Programs at Centauri Summer Arts Camp. Located near Toronto, we offer residential film camps and film acting programs for youth ages 8 to 18.
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!
We were notified today of a new Online Video Contest for Kids and Teens. Here are the details:
On June 17th 2010 Filmpossible will be launching, an online video contest in which youth are challenged to create videos under two minutes in length that bring visibility to disability. Videos can tell someone’s story, illustrate changes we can make or dispel myths surrounding disability. Winners will be determined by a panel of celebrity judges and online public voting. There are some terrific prizes to be won, including a cash prize of $5000 for the winner, but more importantly, youth will play a role in creating a world where children with disabilities can live as full participants. The website is www.filmpossible.ca