“Can I wear this?!” “When was that popular?” “Hey, this fits great!” “I found shoes." “I will name you Michael the mink.” — the morning was lively as this year’s group of Teen Theatre participants went to the Duncan Little Theatre (DLT) Costume Shoppe on Main Street.
Now in the second week, the teens from grades sixth through 12th of the day camp shows students the steps from casting to performing a live theatre production.
Derrick Miller, DLT Teen Theatre producer, said there were 22 campers ranging for first timers to some who’ve done it five years.
Newcomer Tessa Spivey, sixth grader from Marlow, said she has always wanted to do Teen Theatre.
“I don’t really like sports and stuff and I was like tried of doing nothing,” she said. “So I signed up.”
Spivey said this was a good fit for her.
“I really like acting and I’m emotional so it just matched,” she said. “I like being on stage.”
Though she is a little nervous about forgetting her lines, Spivey said she was surprised how much goes into each show.
“How much goes into it — because usually you just watch it you know? But a lot goes in it,” she said.
So far Spivey said it was “really cool” and she was making lots of new friends.
More experienced attendees Tegan Watson, 10th grader from Elgin, and Hailey Lopez, Duncan, were having a blast helping each other with their costumes.
Watson said she had been coming for four years and didn’t remember how she started but now knows just how much work goes into the entertainment she sees.
“It takes a lot more time than I thought with all the blocking and trying to get all the right props and costumes,” Watson said. “It takes a lot of time and for some reason I didn’t think it took that long. Another thing I was surprised with was just how fun it is, everyone here is super fun, the producers are fun and I just love it.”
Watson said she was glad she took the leap, and hopes others might too.
“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done it before because you come here and you learn a lot — you learn how to act, how to set up props and sometimes you help paints sets, you learn to make the costumes and how to bring that all together,” she said. “It can seem scary because you are going someplace new with a whole bunch of people who have already been doing it — everyone is really supportive so it never hurts to try it out.”
Lopez has been coming for three years and has been in some DLT productions now too.
“I had never done anything like it before and I am a really anxious person so I wanted to see what I was getting myself into,” she said. “It was such a good experience that I just didn’t want to stop doing it.”
Lopez agreed with Watson about just how many people are needed for even a small show.
“All the people it takes — there is just so many different little things to do that you don’t think about when you’re not in it,” she said.
Thinking about more than theatre, the pair seemed to agree how Lopez summed it up.
“I think, if you think you might want to do it — just try it. What’s the worst that could happen?” she asked.
This year, the end production is “Rumpelstiltskin Private Eye.”
The tale has Rumpelstiltskin as a film noir detective looking into Fairytale Land’s recent crime-wave. He, along with his wise-cracking partner, Ugly Duckling, are on the case.
The show is at 2 p.m. July 27 at the Simmons Center. The opening act will be DLT’s younger kiddos from Kid’s Curtain Call.