WordsWorth camp was great. Six RIOites graced the grounds, many for their first time. Needless to say, they are all now hard core WordsWorthians with years of camps ahead of them. Then the DramAntics camp blew away the Calgary Fringe Festival during the Inglewood Sunfest. Again we had six RIOites showing up (many different than the WordsWorth camp). We created a play which was a tribute to the genre of Anime. It had martial arts, poison sushi, and speed lines! Awesome. Next came week one of our first ever RIO camp with only one full time RIO member attending. Needless to say, all our new friends quickly embraced the RIO philosophy of playing with our words. It was so much fun seeing what the kids would plan for the week. I think one of the best parts was shooting the film, Spider Apocalypse. In fact it was so great that the kids are planning on coming back next year to shoot the sequel - Spider Apocalypse Two - Return of Jeff. Check the RIO September E-Zine to see the film. Now in a week and a half it will be time for week two of RIO camp. Who knows what we'll get into then! If you want to join us - there's still room. Just go to our camps listing to register.
So many RIOites are heading off to writing camp this summer. There are at least five going to WordsWorth residential writing camp out in Bragg Creek, where I teach Speculative Fiction and run Dungeons and Dragons. That starts in ... eep!... two days. Then we have the DramAntics Theatre Camp gearing up at the end of July. Six days of madness that consists of writing and producing a play - THEN putting it on at the Calgary Fringe Festival. Five more RIOites will be at that with me. Come August, RIO runs its own crazy camps where the kids actually get to choose what goes on. Nuts! I'm sure I'll see my RIO friends there too, along with some new faces. What an exiting summer its going to be! I can't wait to get started.
RIO and the Alexandra Centre Society have partnered up once more to bring the world Dramantics - the ONLY child directed theatre camp. It's true that other theatre programs say that the kids will help write a play, but what they really mean is that the kids will write dialogue in the structure of a play they have already devised. In our theatre camp the kids actually come up with all the ideas for the play, the dialogue, the set, the costumes, and write the songs. It is really child led. If you are a kid who wants to have this experience or if you are a parent who would love to see your child in a camp that honors their creative side - then join us this Spring break or even for our Summer camp and see what we can do! Just click here to learn more.
Kim Firmston is the director (read slave) of RIO and the only adult in the group. To see her troubled mind, visit her website http://www.kimfirmston.com/