Mostly Theater Company's final performance is a magical one
Actors perform the piece "Waiting for a Matinee" by Eric Coble Thursday evening at the Summer Showcase 2013 at Ballington Academy in El Centro. (.Fernando Acosta Jr. Photo.Thursday, July 25, 2013 . / July 26, 2013)
Rivera, along with 16 other students, is part of the Teen Young Adult Camp part of Mostly Theatre Company’s summer program.
The Mostly Theatre Company challenged each one of its performers to learn various elements of musical theater as they paid tribute to the arts by hosting a showcase where singing, dancing and acting took center stage on Thursday night at Ballington Academy.
The campers spent 2 1/2 weeks working on each element of musical theater such as singing, dancing and acting, said Aaron Charles Estrada, camp director for Mostly Theatre Company.
“We wanted to take them out of their comfort zone and make them stronger by working on their weaknesses,” he said.
Some performers prefer dancing as opposed to singing, but that was stripped away as performers focused on all aspects of musical theater, said Estrada.
By taking these young performers out of their comfort zones they learned a lot about themselves and as performers, said Eduardo Arteaga, artistic director for the show and theater instructor.
“Tonight these iconic pieces in both music and theater come to life by these young performers,” he said, “and it is magical.”
As an ensemble cast, these young performers learned the importance of working together.
“If you can’t work as an ensemble sometimes the show can completely fall apart,” said Arteaga.
Estrada said he was amazed by the dedication the kids had put into their performances over the past few weeks.
First-time performer Devon Cabrera, 15, plays Happy in “Death of a Salesman” and found particular aspects of the summer camp challenging.
“Acting, dancing and singing can be very hard to learn,” said Cabrera “but you gotta keep on pushing through really hard if you want it.”
Kayla Finnell was both a performer in the showcase and choreographer and realized that everyone has their strength as a performer, however that did not stop them from learning another skill for their craft.
“Surprisingly even if they didn’t get it,” said Finnell, “I would still see kids going over the dance moves and counts during their breaks.”
Estrada said he was completely impressed by his students’ abilities to challenge themselves in such a small time frame.
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