Friends and family of Catalina Island’s most talented young performers gathered today, August 21, 2015 to support the second session of Sean “Mr. Sean” Brannock’s Kids At Play feeder program, KAMP. KAMP Session II is composed of three-part lessons in improv, voices, masks and props taught by professional theatre instructors. The kids in the performance have been hard at work over the past two weeks busting themselves to the bone. If I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought the performers were born on the stage itself. The natural movement, uncanny confidence and classic humor portrayed by each child in the show was simply amazing.
I even get shaky when I’m up on stage performing poetry, but these kids stood right up and got to their places set after set without skipping a beat at all. They were quick on their toes with the improv portions, and they worked their body language fantastically when acting out Aesop’s Fables. The crowd was entertained with ooohs, awwws and a fair amount of laughter as well. You definitely have got to give their instructors credit for getting them show ready so quickly, but the biggest round of applause must go out to Mr. Sean for his passion of the arts and his positive influence on the children of Avalon.
Story by Chris Puma