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‘Honk!’ camp deemed ‘awesome’

Students learn about theater, put on show

June 15, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

With the "Honk!" musical at the Orpheum Theater a hit, it is only natural a camp centered around the show would also get high marks.

This week, more than 20 Lenihan Intermediate School students took part in a camp that focused on lessons from the musical like anti-bullying, being fair and treating others with respect.

"Honk!" focuses on a lesson about an ugly duckling and teaches tolerance. These students are English Language Learners from places like Burma, Mexico and El Salvador so they have learned about being different.

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Students taking part in the “Honk!” camp at the Orpheum Theater sing a song during a performance Thursday. The camp was based on the musical running at the theater and featured English Language Learner students.

"They have walked into a room where they don't know anybody in their class," said Shannon Mitchell, the director of the camp. "They have been different."

Aside from putting together a mini-musical themselves, the students also learned about the inner workings of a theater at the camp.

"They got a chance to make the lights work and they have a mini-experience of all the things that go on behind the scenes," Mitchell said. "They have done a great job and we have had a fun week."

Miguel Medina, 12, from Mexico, was one of the students who took part in the camp and called it "awesome."

"We learned how to act and we got to play," Medina said. "The teachers have been so much fun."

The idea for the Lenihan ELL students being part of the camp came about after groups of ELL students screened short films they made at the Orpheum in March.



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