My acting days

I WAS really surprised last summer when my teacher told me that I was going to be one of the lead actors in our Drama Camp. I thought it was impossible for me to act. I like to sing but I never acted. I didn’t know how. I was also a little shy, but camp changed me a lot. 



Photos courtesy Lori Rai

      My teacher wrote the play and I thought it was great. It was called, “Magic To Do”. All of us were very excited to act in the play. As one of the main characters, I told myself that it was my duty to learn the play well. I worked hard to learn my lines and all the songs. It was hard but fun. Everyone worked really hard and we all improved.

     We had different teachers each day for different things and so I learned more and more every day. I learned how to use my eyes and how to move my body on stage. Learning to sing like a professional singer was really important. I learned how to use my whole body when I sing and not just my voice. My favorite song from the play was the first song we sang. It is called “Magic To Do” from the play, “Pippin”. I had the lead part in that song. 

     The time I spent with other campers was also fun. They were really friendly. We learned and played together. One of my favorite things to do with the other children was the daily crossword puzzle. The time went fast. Suddenly it was the last day of camp and I was really nervous. It was time to perform the play. I could show everyone how much I learned in only ten days. The play was a great success. I felt so proud because I had new skills and I did my best. Being a part of camp taught me so much, but mostly it taught me that I could do more than I thought I could.

Victor, (Miss Rai’s Class)

Victor’s native language is Chinese. He is 14, in the 8th grade in China, and has been learning English 7 years.


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