During the summer months, Passage's pre-teen, arts day camp allows students to explore, build, and expand their skills in the areas of visual and performing arts. They learn basic techniques of writing and performing, as well as painting, drawing and prop building from teacher artists at the Ellarslie Museum. Through the process, students develop poise, discipline, and teamwork. For more information on how to register, go here - http://www.ellarslie.org/programs/summer_camp.htm
The slideshow at right presents some images from pre-teen playmaking programs.
Children go through a series of classes, and a retreat to write their play, mentored at every step by experienced, empathetic adults.
Playwright on Stage
During the performance, the playwright is on stage left. Part of the audience's thrill is to watch the playwright react to seeing his own work onstage for the first time.
At the end of each show, the playwright takes a bow with the actors, usually to thunderous applause.
Asssemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman recognizing the work of the playmaking students.