The actors of “A Poacher’s Story” end their play in style. From left are lion cub Chloe Wallschlaeger, 8, of Milwaukee; baby zebra Emma Nitschke, 9, of Brookfield; vulture Sophia Sikowski, 8, of New Berlin; baby elephant Lily Jackson, 8, of Wauwatosa; vulture Ben Rauman, 8, of New Berlin; zebra mom Katie Starsky, 8, of Mequon; and coyote Michael Horner-Ibler, 9, of Brookfield.
First-time camper Tecun Anderson, 9, of New Berlin admit- ted that he was usually a little shy. He didn’t always volunteer for acting games, and said acting for the first time was scary. No one doubted his creativity, however. When campers decorated their reptile and amphibian Character Building Observation Journals, Tecun made an intricate three-dimensional snake out of construc- tion paper. “The best part about acting is being creative,” he said. By allowing campers to express their creativity differently, Acting Wild provides a positive learning environment for all children, Trinko said. “It’s also a phenomenal class for a child who’s shy. They all can work at their own level.” One camper came up to Trinko, admitting that acting embarrassed her. It was a brave step for a shy girl, she said. “The sillier you feel, the better you are as an actor. She was challenged to break through her own personal fears.”
Ian Walls, 9, of Milwaukee, who played a spider monkey with superpowers in the skit “Super Animals and the Great Flood,” took the first day’s lessons to heart. To create a character, change your voice’s volume and inflection. He spoke from his throat to
sound different. Change your facial expressions and body move- ment. He pushed back his shoulders. Change your personality traits. He hammed it up.
At Acting Wild camp, learning to act and working together was really fun, campers agreed. “The most fun thing about acting is probably just being someone else,” Michael Horner-Ibler said. “I’m not the greatest at it, but I’m trying to work on it. Performing in front of people is fun but not as fun as just doing your part.”
It’s that determination that made Acting Wild work. Kaitlyn Brayer, 8, of Brookfield was all smiles after playing a seal in the skit “The Arctic Adventure.” “I was pretty excited,” Kaitlyn said. “I knew my lines after one go-over. I was really proud of myself.” And that can’t be a bad thing to learn.
By Emilie Rusch
Summer Camps Brochure
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Alive Winter 2007