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Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART (Summer Music and Art) Camp second session came to a close at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School on July 27 with a showcase of campers’ talents.
The first session of the camp began on July 2, and the second session began on July 16. A camp showcase was held for the first session on July 13. Parents were invited to both showcase events to view what their campers worked on throughout both sessions. SMART Camp was offered for students exiting kindergarten to sixth grade. Each session offered a range of classes that students rotated through during the day.
Parents began arriving for the July 27 showcase just after noon. They visited classrooms where campers displayed creations they had made, and the showcase concluded with a theater presentation. SMART Camp instructors Sean Watkins and Emily Anderson, who co-teach the Theater and Performance class, led their campers through a presentation of a play, written by the campers. The play shared the story of five princesses in “Newtonia” who are good, but become stressed after ten years of being princesses. A wizard helps the princesses exchange places with villagers, who are also fed up with the stressed princesses. In the end, according to Mr Watkins, the villagers and the princesses learn living another person’s life is harder than they thought.
Between directing parents to the Head O’ Meadow classrooms for visitation, SMART Camp Program Director Stephanie Cardwell said this year’s SMART sessions were “awesome.”
“We cannot wait to be back here at Head O’ Meadow [next summer] to make art with the old and new campers,” said Ms Cardwell, adding that she is also looking forward to the returning and new camp interns next summer.
More information about Newtown Continuing Education’s offerings is available on its website, newtown.schooldesk.net/Departments/Adult-Continuing-Education, or by calling 203-426-1787, 9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday.