A drama camp is being offered to Golden youth ages 7-14 over spring break by longtime producer and director

A drama camp is being offered to Golden youth ages 7-14 over spring break by longtime producer and director

Golden drama camp activates kids’ imagination

This spring break, Golden youth are going to get the opportunity to grow their theatrical skills with a week-long drama camp.

This spring break, Golden youth are going to get the opportunity to grow their theatrical skills with a week-long drama camp.

Denise Bertrand, director, writer and producer, decided to bring her program to Golden to help inspire children to get out of their shells and develop a multitude of skills that goes along with performing.

“Children naturally role-play from an early age. They thrive when they are in their fantasies/ make-believe worlds and I am not talking about early childhood.  Middle childhood is ripe with the need to follow the quests of their imaginations,” said Bertrand, who has been working with youth most of her life.

“There are so many benefits that children receive from co-creating together in a Drama Club or Camp….  confidence; expansion of creativity; listening and imagination skills; spatial awareness; power of voice; celebrating talent in oneself and others; the power of joy and new friendships, to name a few.”

Bertrand has developed her expertise through experience, beginning at the age of 16 when she wrote her first play and staged it at a local park. By 22 she opened an after school theatre program for students aged 4-10 in Toronto. She then spent the next years of her life travelling, and opening up theatres in Salt Spring Island, then Singapore and Thailand.

“Experience with many children, cultures and shows has given me the confidence and expertise in what I do,” she said.

Even though most children who sign up for Drama Clubs or Camps already have the motivation and confidence to perform, sometimes Bertrand has to coax it out of her students a little bit.

After observing them and helping them to see they are in a safe environment, she has developed a knack for knowing when they are ready to contribute.

I gently push them to get over their fear as that is how I see it emotionally, a fear of not doing it right, or a fear of not being ‘perfect’ or a fear of being laughed at,” she said.

“During these moments, I find that shy children learn to break free and then can more easily contribute.”

The Golden camp, taking place March 27-31, includes classes from 1-5 p.m. Monday to Friday, followed by a performance for family and friends on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. The camp will earn them a certificate, and the show will be followed with a pizza party.

“Children do not need ‘experience’ to be in any of my programs, but of course if they have talent in dance, or singing or music than we do our best to utilize those talents in the show if we can,” added Bertrand.

“Theatre helps children ‘play’ again and gets them out of the chair and into the air of their imaginations. And one more thing…laughter is guaranteed.”

To learn more about the camp and its cost, or to see Bertrand’s past productions, go to www.denisebertrand.com.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Golden and District Community Foundation has announced a $5,000 crisis grant to the Golden Food Bank during COVID-19
The Golden and District Community Foundation has announced the first of their small grants for the year. File photo.
First 2021 Neighbourhood Small Grants handed out

Applications are still open for small grants

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
67 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty people in the region are hospitalized with the virus, 11 of whom are intensive care

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
Kootenay-Columbia MP pans federal budget

Conservative Rob Morrison says budget doesn’t have a plan for long-term spending priorities

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, April 18, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
211 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

Currently, there are 875 active cases of the virus in the region

A lone traveler enters the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
VIDEO: Trudeau defends Canada’s travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

Trudeau said quarantine hotels for international air travellers will continue until at least May 21

(Pixabay)
Kelowna man facing charges for bike theft

The Kelowna man allegedly stole an e-bike from the 2200-block of Harvey Avenue

Jessica Lynn Pihl
Woman believed to be in North Okanagan wanted by police

RCMP seek public’s help locating 37-year-old

Chart from the April 20 B.C. budget shows sharp dip in real estate sales early in the COVID-19 pandemic and the even steeper climb since late 2020. (B.C. government)
Hot B.C. housing market drives property transfer tax gains

B.C. budget boosts tobacco, sweet drinks, carbon taxes

A vineyard wind machine caught fire in the early morning hours in Osoyoos Wednesday. (Osoyoos Fire Department Ryan McCaskill photo)
Flames from machine fire cast glow across Osoyoos Lake

A vineyard wind machine was engulfed in flames in the early morning hours Wednesday

President Joe Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. to help Canada with more COVID-19 vaccine supply, Biden says

The U.S. has already provided Canada with about 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Lustenberger getting ready to go down one of the last unskied lines at Rogers Pass on Mt. Macdonald. (Photo by Andrew Mcnab)
Meet Christina Lustenberger — one of Revelstoke’s great skiers

The athlete has many first ski descents throughout B.C.

Frisky Whisky has closed its doors to the public under COVID-19 health orders. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Cocktail lounge in Creston gets creative to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Frisky Whisky is now offering a lunch takeout menu and take-home cocktail kits

Most Read