It’s Almost Play Time!

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One week every summer, I journey to Chestertown, Maryland for MusiCamp at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Director Julie Lawrence puts the 30 participants, aged 8 -15 through their paces to learn the songs, lines and choreography for that year’s musical. As art director, I design the scenery and work with the students to realize the vision. The week is exhausting but so rewarding. The glowing faces of the performers and the smiling families tell it all.

Theater is closely related to picture books; both tell a story. In theater, the scenery supports the performers. In picture books, the illustrations support the text. Both present a complete tale.

The whole event would not be possible without the generosity and support of the Garfield. We are so thankful to work with and have the support of the staff; Manager Tess Hogans, Event Coordinator Sarah Lyle, Production Assistant Bryan Bentley, and Technical Director Butch Clark, who helps me build revolving walls, turrets, treehouses and more.

This year, camp starts on Monday, July 10th and culminates at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 14th with our performance of “The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever”.  Join us if you are in the area!

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The set for “Summer Camp” 2015.

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