An interview with Del Morgan,
Creator of ALL ABOUT KIDS PRODUCTIONS
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE AN ALL ABOUT KIDS PRODUCTIONS CAMP?
Well, technically speaking, it is a week-long performing arts day camp for children grades 1-6 that centers on teaching and expressing Biblical truth.But if you are wondering what its like and want me to describe it, I would have to say its FUN … its lots of fun! And energetic, there is enormous amounts of energy. Enthusiastic. Creative. Team building. Friendship oriented. Bible centered.
WHY DID YOU CREATE THESE CAMPS?
Kids love to have fun. They are inquisitive and natural explorers. They love to use their imagination. They role play, they create stories; they take part in great adventures.
Role-playing, music, and stylized movement are all very natural expressions of who they are and what they do. They have an uncomplicated view of life, with high expectations for truth. We wanted to share the good news of the gospel in a way they would understand and grasp.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THIS WEEK OF CAMP?
More than anything we want kids to understand the underlying Biblical truth expressed in the camp and how it applies to their young lives. We seek to accomplish this by entering the world of imagination and creating activities that help them explore these God-sized truth.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP LOOK LIKE?
Kids usually arrive 15-20 minutes before camp begins and are greeted by volunteer staff. They take care of things like lunch kits, nametags, and any other details related to the day’s activities.
At 9:00 they enter the auditorium for an opening session that begins with video footage from the day before. They have a great time watching themselves on the big screen! Introduction of the theme interpretation for the day, any necessary instructions, a short video and they are off to their classes.
Classes include role-playing, theatre games, script learning, vocal music, choreography, creative movement, and Bible study. Kids are divided into age graded classes and things are kept moving at a brisk pace to match the children’s energy.
Lunchtime arrives at 11:30 and everyone heads to the lunch area to relax and enjoy a meal together. The afternoon involves more classes, larger ensemble work, and a well placed snack time.
The camp ends at 3:00. The kids have a full day, and many parents have commented that they sleep very well during the camp week!
On Friday we run an abbreviated schedule, ending the day a little earlier to give the kids an opportunity to rest before the evening performance. Stage call is at 6:15 for the 7:00 performance.
Warm-ups, reminders, prayer and then lights, camera, and action!
The performances are always fun but the thrust of the camp is the daily activities. Learning Biblical truth in the context of skill developing, imaginative, and interactive activities is the heart of an ALL ABOUT KIDS PRODUCTIONS Camp.