Pied Piper hosts annual theater camp

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – School was in session, and the lesson was being silly.
Pied Piper Players is hosting its annual theater camp this week at the Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center, with 45 students in acting, singing, dancing and tech classes.
“If you think you’re being silly or if you feel silly, you’re doing it right,” camp director Debby Gibbs told her acting class on Wednesday morning. “Practice being big.”
The theme for this year’s camp is “Rock ’n’ Roll Forever,” so the students are learning about Elvis Presley, Little Richard and The Beatles.
Camp culminates with a free performance at noon Friday.
In the tech class, the kids used paint, glitter, feathers and beads to create colorful guitar props.
“Mine has sparkly strings and it has a butterfly painted on it,” said Afton Gable, 7, of Tupelo.
Her favorite classes at camp are dancing and singing.
“The theme is rock ’n’ roll so we get to do some Elvis songs. I like the dancing because we get to listen to music and you get to dance and move around,” she said, showing off her dance moves.
For 11-year-old Pied Piper vet Trevor Hart, he’s enjoyed learning how to enunciate better.
“It’s a lot of fun. I get to see old friends and make new friends. Being on stage is my second favorite thing in the world,” he said.
His first favorite thing?
“Eating.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com