Friday, July 26, 2013
As children head for beaches, zoos and water parks, the youth from Grace United Methodist came together to spend their time learning more about their faith.
Grace United Methodist has been holding its Kid’s Drama Camp for 18 years, and drama director Marianne Harlan says she believes that the program is both educational and fun for the children.
“It is usually surrounding a Biblical hero,” Harlan said. “They learn so much.”
The children start the camp on Monday morning and practice every day until the Friday performance. This year’s production was “Holy Moses,” and it chronicled the life of Moses through a play filled with musical performances.
Family, friends and church members gathered in the Wesley Center to see the group of kids showcase their hard work. The children learned six songs and 11 pages of script in five days.
“When we take liberty with some of the events, it makes it fun for the kids by making the story come to life, and they remember the dialogue,” Harlan said. “They know what is real and what is not.”
Jackson Ginn, 10, played Moses as an adult in the play and he said he really enjoyed the role.
“I thought it was actually really fun playing Moses,” Ginn said. “I haven’t really been in a play with a speaking part before, so this was new. But I liked it.”
The role of pharaoh was played by 9-year-old Wylie Brooks, and he said it was difficult to memorize everything, but the experience was very fun for him.
“It was really hard to remember all the lines,” Brooks said. “My favorite part was when me and Cara (Chiswell, pharaoh’s wife) were in the scene together, and I was on my throne. I also really liked my solo.”
Sisters Cristina Griffith, 10, and Grace Griffith, 7, both had solos in the play. Cristina said she liked having the chance to be in the production with her younger sister.
“It took a lot of work, but, in the end, it turned out very good,” Cristina said. “I had to help her (Grace) with her solo, but it turned out great.”
The cast got a standing ovation after their performance, and gathered together for a fun photo shoot for family and friends to capture the moments.
“I really enjoy working with the kids,” Harlan said. “They really enjoy doing this every year.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and earned a degree in communications from USC Aiken.