Eight youths participated in a summer drama camp in West Feliciana Parish from June 13-17 that also featured singing, dancing and art.
Led by Heather Feierabend at the Arts For All studio in St. Francisville, the weeklong camp had participants learning about costuming and props, choreography, painting sets and learning to play musical instruments.
Feierabend, who has a master of fine arts degree in theater, teaches talented theater to students at three middle schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. Assisting her with the camp was volunteer Jennifer Felton, the mother of three of the campers who has a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater design.
Felton said she encouraged her children to sign up for the drama camp for something different to do this summer.
The women worked with the children and teens in learning scenes from a pantocrime, a one-act rhyming humorous play written by Richard Coleman freely interpreting the “The Hounds of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The comedic one-act featuring the Sherlock Holmes character also had a Hawaiian theme and included a song titled “Too Hot For Tweed.”
“We had fun with it, dressing in Hawaiian shirts and using fun props,” Feierabend said. “It’s been a fun week, and the participants got a good taste of what theater is all about.”
The camp — hosted by Arts For All, a nonprofit group of artists, actors, musicians, writers and poets who work together to promote the arts and artists in West Feliciana Parish — was the fourth instructed by Feierabend, a musician in the bands Fugitive Poets and The Wilder Janes.
“I like to identify the strengths and talents of each young participant and play up those strengths during the course of the camp,” said Feierabend, noting the talents of local teen Avery Landrum.
A singer/songwriter, Landrum plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele and performs in Baton Rouge and St. Francisville regularly. She also provided some of the music during the camp.
Another participant, Maggie Guidry, learned to play the ukulele during the weeklong camp. The 14-year-old attends St. Scholastic Academy in Covington but every summer visits her grandparents, who live in the St. Francisville area.
“It ends up being a bonding experience for the campers. By the end of the week, everyone has grown really close,” Felton said.
On Friday, the group performed the “Hounds” one-act for family and friends at Grace Episcopal Church.