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SummerWorks: It's Showtime!
Posted 06/08/2017 05:15PM

Just when you thought those lazy, hazy, crazy days at SummerWorks couldn't get any better, Rowland Hall's summer camp rolls out its kid-friendly theater arts program, where campers can learn everything from improvisation to backstage skills.

SummerWorks Director Beth Ott says that each year camp activities change and grow to reflect the staff's specific talents and expertise. And this summer—it's showtime.

Heading up the SummerWorks youth theater program is Ndeye Doumbia, bringing experience and education as a theater major at New York City's Pace University to build confidence in budding performers, teach production skills, and produce a SummerWorks play. Ndeye says that a skill like improvisation isn't just for actors and comedians. "Improv exercises are a powerful tool for team building in any group, whether on a stage, a sports field, or an outdoor adventure."

Also making her SummerWorks debut is Rowland Hall's Associate Director of Admission Katherine Potter, whose theater-management experience has taken her around the world. Ms. Potter is scheduling a tour of Salt Lake City's new Eccles Theater for interested campers. And for those pitch-perfect musical moments, the summer program is counting on Beginning School Music Teacher Susan Swidnicki to keep us on key.

Not a theater buff? Don't worry, SummerWorks is bringing back all the old favorites like Ultimate Frisbee and enhancing new ones.

Gaga Ball is back! If you've never heard of gaga ball, you probably haven't spent much time on playgrounds or backyards lately. Gaga ball is a "kinder, gentler version" of dodgeball that started in Israel and has become the rage throughout the world. Last summer campers enjoyed it so much, SummerWorks decided to purchase its own gaga ball pit.

"Last year we set up plastic lunch tables in the octagon shape specific to the game," Ms. Ott said. "The game was so popular that we decided to buy our own gaga pit."

Excited and energized returning staff make SummerWorks a special place to be, and the thoughtful programming is designed to stimulate kids' curiosity, foster confidence, and promote character development.

"We love camp and we return, summer after summer," Ms. Ott said. "We've built a tradition amongst our 'staff-family' rooted in relationship building, communication, and support."

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