‘Fairy Tales in the City’: Theater camp brings fables to NYC

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – “Start spreading the – step, kick, step, kick.”
The Lyric was full of singing, stepping and kicking kids on Wednesday morning at the TCT Theater Camp.
Tupelo Community Theatre breaks the camp down into three main classes: acting, music, which includes singing and dancing, and art, which includes costumes, make-up and props.
Camp director Suzanne Oakley led the youngest group of students through the lyrics and choreography of “New York, New York,” on Wednesday, just after the kids had made papier-mâché rocks and bread and learned how to project their voices.
“We usually have to coax the kids to get them to speak up, but we don’t have any kids like that this year,” Oakley said. “We have two groups of very active, very creative kids.”
They’ve been loud, too, as the kids have learned how to project both their speaking and singing voices.
“We’ve focused on how to project your singing voice and still maintain your tone,” Oakley said. “The theater has definitely reverberated for the last few days.”
First- through fourth-graders go to the week-long camp in the mornings, with fifth- through eighth-graders going in the afternoons. The camp culminates in free productions of “Fairy Tales in the City” on Friday. Oakley said the plays take fairy tales and give them a fresh spin.
“Snow White wants to make it on Broadway,” she said, and art teacher Marianna Coffey said the kids were making the rocks for the three little pigs to build New York City on rock ’n’ roll.
The singing and dancing was a fun time for 9-year-old camper Cate Dill.
“I like the music. I’m learning to do the motions and I like learning songs I hear on a lot of TV shows,” she said.
Her fellow camper, 9-year-old Gabriel Garrison, was having fun in his first theater camp.
His favorite class? “All of it,” he said.
Cate said she was ready for Friday’s show.
“I’m really excited about the play,” she said. “I can’t wait to show people what we’ve learned.”

On stage
What: “Fairy Tales in the City”

When: Friday. Grades 1-4 production is at 11:30 a.m., and grades 5-8 production is at 4 p.m.

Where: The Lyric, Tupelo

Cost: Free

Info: (662) 844-1935

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