Drones wait in the wings at drama camp

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 6, 2015

 Understudy Stephanie Maltese, 18, plays the role of Belle alongside Alec Diem, 14, who plays Lumiere.

Understudy Stephanie Maltese, 18, plays the role of Belle alongside Alec Diem, 14, who plays Lumiere.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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After finishing a musical based on a “tale as old as time,” it’s time for Sterling Civic Theatre to embark on a spring drama camp involving drones with cameras attached.

The theater group will host its Stage Geeks Theater Camp on select days from March 16-April 29, following the troupe’s early March run of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

According to SCT founder Larry O’Grady, the camp will introduce participants in kindergarten through grade six to a sampling of the components of a theatrical show.

Camp days will be Mondays and Wednesdays for all campers during the program’s run. Additionally, Fridays will be available for campers with special needs who are part of the theater group’s Noah’s Ark program.

O’Grady said the camp will work with those who are interested in performing as well as those interested in the technical side of theater. Subjects include makeup, prosthetics, lighting, sound, acting, choreography, costumes, singing, auditioning, videography and drone piloting.

O’Grady said the drone exercise is related to videography, adding that drone camera work has been used to market theatrical productions. He said the campers will start off by piloting cheaper, smaller drones.

“We have a second-level drone that has a 50-foot range that we’ll be doing out at Freedom Hill when the weather permits,” he said.

O’Grady said the camp will also include an anti-bullying workshop and a “self-esteem summit” that is designed to promote empathy through acted-out scenarios, he said.

“Once you get empathy, you will get understanding and tolerance,” he said.

O’Grady said this is the fourth drama camp his group has held, and it’s the second one with the Stage Geeks name. He said the camp will accept up to 200 participants, and it will end with a talent show.

“We had some kids that did comedy,” he said. “Some kids did dramatic stuff. We had singing, we had dancing — we did a little of everything.”

Sterling Civic Theatre’s technical director, Andrew Haupt, said he expects to see people who are excited to do something fun.

“I look forward to seeing new faces,” he said. “The kids coming back a second time, they’re always fun, too.”


Sterling Civic Theatre will hold its Stage Geeks Theater Camp on select days from March 16-April 29 at Davis Junior High School, 11311 Plumbrook Road in Sterling Heights.


Registration will take place March 12, 13, 16 and 18 at Bemis Junior High School. Registration costs $100 for the first participant and $50 for a sibling, and it’s free for each additional sibling. The registration fee includes the camp, the show and a shirt.


Learn more by visiting www.stagegeeks.com or www.sterlingcivic.org, or by calling (586) 264-5571.

 

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