Thursday, July 18, 2013
Second annual Drama Camp very successful
By SUE WATSON
The Byhalia community got a taste of Broadway recently with the presentation of three skits from famous musicals performed by children in drama camp.
The event, which is drawing attention of children, parents and supporters of the arts, played to a packed auditorium at the old Northcentral Electric building in Byhalia.
“People say, I can’t believe we have this in Byhalia,” said Faye Woods, president of the Byhalia Area Arts Council, which supports both the visual and performing arts.
Sponsorship and volunteering are the keystone of the program. The drama camp is underwritten by the Margaret Grow Foundation. Sponsors include Piggly Wiggly in Byhalia, which supplied the food; Northcentral, which offered its facilities for the show; Rep. Bill Kinkade and wife Debbie with Champion Awards, which supplied T-shirts; executive director Robert Koch, who took a week’s vacation to help pull the production together; and Meredith Koch, director and educational coordinator.
Meredith Koch said the children learned their parts in just four half-days of practice.
She said everyone on stage had someone they loved in the audience cheering them on.
“Thanks so much for trusting in us,” she said. “These wonderful children have been so cooperative. Everything flowed as smoothly as I’ve ever seen it. The support of all the parents and friends means so much to the Byhalia Area Arts Council in our area.”
Three skits were performed from the Broadway versions of “School House Rock,” “Seussical,” and “Peter Pan.” All players were from Marshall County.
Experienced choreographers, music directors, and skit directors helped produce the plays.
Skit director was Stephanie Bittick of Olive Branch. Nicole Dasto, of Olive Branch, was music director of “Peter Pan.”
Wesley Williamson, of Southaven, directed “School House Rock.”
And Kristen Dasto, of Olive Branch, served as director and choreographer of “Seussical.”
The young directors all have strong backgrounds in Broadway musicals in their communities, like Desoto Family Theater, Southaven, where they began when they were the age of children in the drama camp, according to Meredith Koch.
After the Byhalia show, parents, volunteers, friends, and children enjoyed a lunch put together by the volunteers.
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