Hippie headbands, peace signs and cereal box jukeboxes are among the props local students are crafting during Lincoln Theatre Guild’s drama camp this week.
The group split the camp into two one-week sections — one to serve the western parts of the county, held at Lincoln Charter School in Lincolnton last week, and the other is at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver this week for eastern county children.
This marks 20 years for the camp, with a Music Through the Decades theme this year.
Rising second- through 12th-grade students are learning about different decades from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, starting with the 1950s. Participating children will learn about acting, but also about designing and constructing a set to produce a play in a week.
Tuesday they focused on the 1960s.
“They are going through the whole process of drama,” Camp Director Rachel Masters told the Times-News. “It’s sort of like an iTunes shuffle with a ‘Glee’ theme.”
Masters is also a fifth-grade teacher at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School, where she heads the drama club. Showing students that music can have a message, while teaching them about events that correspond with each time period is her goal, she said.
The young actors are learning about improv, too, working without a script, 9-year-old Chelsea Stegal explained.
Each student is assigned a decade to work on, with a corresponding song that represents that time. The campers pick from a list of songs that Masters put together for each time period, and draw and paint a scene that correlates with their chosen tune.
Hannah Miller, 11, was in the early stages of planning and thinking about how her “Men in Black” backdrop for the 1990s era would look, while working on the day’s skits with her group.
This week’s work is going toward the performance for the campers’ parents at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Cultural Center in Lincolnton.