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Day 5: In Which Our Heroes Realize They Are Being Drawn for a Blog

The Cell Block Tango has to be one of the catchiest songs.

Of course the words are actually "He had it comin'," but I take misplaced punctuation very seriously.

Today wraps up week 1 of camp, with classes continuing in the mornings and both shows coming along in the afternoon.

Preteens warm up before a jazz lesson.

I asked several teens about their first week experiences. One first-time camper said she was nervous at first but that she was trying her best. A returning student said she liked to stand back and observe the louder kids and "watching others have fun." She also said she hopes people get more comfortable as the camp progresses.

Teens playing reporters learn the dance for "We Both Reached for the Gun."

Several expressed excitement about their roles, and all of them seemed to be enjoying themselves. Here are some statements, in a mixture of direct quotes and paraphrasing, from other teens I talked to:

Every performer has preferences between singing, dancing, and acting. By teaching all three of these skills, this camp gets kids out of their comfort zone as well as provides a comfort zone for them to return to. Those who dance as badly as I do might enjoy acting or singing more, yet still improve. Those who prefer dance to singing and acting strengthen themselves in those areas. And so on.

Next week promises even more singing, dancing, and acting, and I can't wait to come back. Although now that they know I'm drawing them, I may have to wear different disguises so they won't know it's me.

Before I wrap up, I want to mention that Maya Bhatnagar's Los Pequeñitos Theatre Workshop is performing tomorrow. Come see Finley the Baby Shark!

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