Almost 300 students came together from May 19 to 24 to explore the arts at the Trillium Lakelands Arts Camp (TLAC). The camp features specialized instruction in music, drama, musical theatre, dance, and visual arts, giving students various opportunities to hone their crafts or learn new skills within an environment that many campers call their “home away from home.”
In classes ranging from digital art and glass fusion, relief sculpture and encaustic painting, improv and dance, and jazz band and choir, students were immersed in nonstop creativity under the guidance of dedicated and caring staff.
TLAC also incorporates Feed All Four by offering ample opportunities for physical and outdoor activity, including outdoor survival classes, waterfront activities, sports medleys — not to mention the morning line dancing sessions and impromptu dance parties during meal times to get everyone up and moving.
Often stepping outside of comfort zones, students had the opportunity to meet new people from across the district, learn new things, and brave centre stage to perform for fellow campers.
In days jam-packed with learning, fun activities, and tasty meals, campers were treated to evening performances and presentations. This year, TLAC welcomed PB&J co-founder, graphic designer, and IE Weldon Secondary School graduate, Tom Collver, as well as other performers, including Motus O Dance Theatre, Nimkii, All Star Poets, and Luis “Louwop” Segura. A perennial favourite, Dufflebag Theatre returned to the Pinetages stage, joined by some students and staff selected from the audience for a hilarious improv performance of “Peter Pan.”
TLAC welcomed parents on the Friday of the camp, where they could visit the Artist Alley to admire the various projects students had accomplished over just one week. Evening performances on stage included the Jr. Dance, Pop Ensemble and Concert Bands classes, culminating in the Musical Theatre class’ production of “The Little Mermaid.”