NISD students perform in theater camp musical

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Eli Bryan went solo this summer, and he enjoyed the challenging experience.

Eli, who will be a sixth-grader at Chisholm Trail Middle School this fall, performed as a solo singer last week in a musical performed by fellow students as part of Broadway Bound. The five-day summer camp at Schluter Elementary School presented to third- through fifth-grade students the basics of musical theater production, acting, singing and dancing as well as behind-the-scenes technical theater elements.

Eli, who also participated in the camp last year, was a bit apprehensive about playing Johnny, a pirate in disguise who gets to show off his musical pipes. But doing something new and fun is what the camp is all about, he said.

“It’s really pushed me and gotten me out of my comfort zone,” Eli said.

Other camps offered in Northwest that same week included TechnoCamp, Summer Science Blast Off and Make it Big, Make it Small.

TechnoCamp at Tidwell Middle gave first- through fifth-grade students the chance to use the Lego Education robots program to learn to design, program and control fully-functional Lego models and use software to test and modify sequences of instruction for robotic behaviors.

Summer Science Blast Off at Hatfield Elementary exposed second- through fifth-graders to hands-on, inquiry-based, student-driven activities in chemistry, earth science, life science, forensics, physics and biology with an emphasis on measurement, inquiry and critical thinking skills.

Make it Big, Make it Small at J. Lyndal Hughes Elementary let first- through-fifth-graders experiment with shape, scale and color in paint and clay.

Broadway Bound students auditioned for Pirate Academy, a musical written by Schluter music teacher Adron Ming. They learned dialogue and songs and dances. Students also painted the set and experienced the process of producing a short musical. The camp was team taught by Ming, Chisholm Trail Middle School theater arts teacher Jenna Hill and Peterson Elementary music teacher Ashley Calderon.

“It’s amazing how much they can accomplish and how much we see them develop in a short time,” Ming said.

On Friday, the students performed the show in front of an audience. Madison Luckey, who will be a fifth-grader at Clara Love Elementary in the fall, played the pirate captain – a role that excited the second-year participant.

“It’s really good,” Luckey said. “It’s fun.”

“It’s amazing to see it all come together,” Ming said.

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