Thompson Valley Players ‘Acting Up’ summer camp a literacy success

The Thompson Valley Players’ recently held their annual student workshop sponsored by Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach at the Barriere Ridge School. The “Acting Up” theatre camp had 16 students ages nine to 15 participate, plus three Teen Coordinators who helped organize and joined in the fun. The group is pictured here after creating their own Hollywood personality, then directing and starring in ‘The Wild and Wacky World of Hollywood Fashion’. Pictured are; Jazmine Saunders, Jayde Nickel, Taya Nickel, Dylan Matthews, Kaydence Harris, Liam Murphy, Cam Murphy, Finn Atticus, Clarieese Bourque, Avery Harris, Forrest Niezen, Jaeben Lacourciere, and Riley Buchanan. (TV Players photo)The Thompson Valley Players’ recently held their annual student workshop sponsored by Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach at the Barriere Ridge School. The “Acting Up” theatre camp had 16 students ages nine to 15 participate, plus three Teen Coordinators who helped organize and joined in the fun. The group is pictured here after creating their own Hollywood personality, then directing and starring in ‘The Wild and Wacky World of Hollywood Fashion’. Pictured are; Jazmine Saunders, Jayde Nickel, Taya Nickel, Dylan Matthews, Kaydence Harris, Liam Murphy, Cam Murphy, Finn Atticus, Clarieese Bourque, Avery Harris, Forrest Niezen, Jaeben Lacourciere, and Riley Buchanan. (TV Players photo)
Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp participants (l-r) Clarieese Bourque and Avery Harris. (TV Players photo)Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp participants (l-r) Clarieese Bourque and Avery Harris. (TV Players photo)
(L-r) Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp helper Jazmine Saunders, facilitator Beverly Murphy, and helper Kaydence Harris. (TV Players photo)(L-r) Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp helper Jazmine Saunders, facilitator Beverly Murphy, and helper Kaydence Harris. (TV Players photo)
Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp participant Riley Buchanan with facilitator Beverly Murphy. (TV Players photo)Thompson Valley Players “Acting Up” Theatre Camp participant Riley Buchanan with facilitator Beverly Murphy. (TV Players photo)

The Thompson Valley Players recently held their annual student workshop in Barriere. Their “Acting Up” theatre camp had 16 students registered, ages nine to 15, plus three Teen Coordinators who helped organize and joined in the fun.

The five day camp was fully sponsored by Raise-A-Reader dollars through Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach and Yellowhead Community Services.

“This camp was provided free of charge for the participants, and we are very grateful to our sponsors for their continued support,” said TV Players representative Beverly Murphy.

During the camp, students learned improv techniques, did script readings, introductions with a microphone and held team debates. They then created their own Hollywood personality and directed and starred in “The Wild and Wacky World of Hollywood Fashion”.

The fashion show was presented on the last day to family and friends as a sample of what they had worked on.

“A big thanks to my helpers Jayde Nickel, Taya Nickel, Jazmine Saunders, as well as Britanny Cheers and Kaydence Harris, These girls were amazing helpers,” said Murphy.

The Thompson Valley Players are starting to rebuild their membership and are hoping to put on productions by the spring.

“It is very encouraging to see the talent of the students and we hope they will participate in future productions because of opportunities like these workshops,” said Murphy.

Currently The Thompson Valley Players are preparing for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo, where they will be hosting the Family Dance at 7 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 2, in the Fall Fair Hall on the fairgrounds. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The whole family (all ages) is welcome to attend, dance to some good old country music… and prizes for best cowboy/cowgirl costumes will be awarded, as well as a prize for the best person to perform The Chicken Dance!

This will be a great opportunity to find out more about this fun group and to get into the spirit of the Fair.

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