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Kids settle in to summer roles

Round Lake Auditorium again hosts camp for young actors

The cast of “Honk!” practice their group pose on Monday, July30, during rehearsal. The Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Productions group will perform at the Round Lake Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4.

The cast of “Honk!” practice their group pose on Monday, July30, during rehearsal. The Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Productions group will perform at the Round Lake Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— “Parents can't believe how much their children have grown in the weeks they've been with us. I hear words like ‘proud,’ ‘surprised’ and ‘happy,’” said Shaver.

Ferlo is a sophomore at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam and is in her second year with the drama group. She’s proud of what the kids have accomplished in just several weeks.

“It’s such an outlet for these kids. They feel more comfortable embodying a character than maybe they do in real life. And I think it helps them form relationships and bonds with other people that they share the same interest with,” she said. “They end up as like a 25-person team, which is really cool. There are no cliques, it’s just a family.”

The casts of both shows were busy at rehearsal on Monday, July30. Their voices poured out to the Victorian homes and winding streets of the village.

Marley Amico, 15, will be a sophomore at Ballston Spa High School in the fall. She plays Mother Swan, Henrietta in “Honk! Jr.,” her fifth show.

“It’s really the highlight of my summer. Everybody is so close and we all work so hard to make such a great production,” she said. She added she’s learned many voice and acting techniques through the camp and plans on using them in future roles.

Ella Palmer, 8, is a student at Chango Elementary School in Clifton Park and plays Marie in “The AristoCats Kids.”

“I think it’s going to be a good show. … I think other people should try this (camp) because it’s really fun,” she said.

Funding for the camp and productions is made possible by ticket and concession sales.

There will also be paper lanterns decorated by the kids for sale at the shows for a minimum donation of $5 each.

Shaver said, “The paper lantern is a very important part of Round Lake's history. Almost every house has paper lanterns hanging on their porch.”

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