Kamp Kaos visits Colleton Prep | News | The Press and Standard

by | April 29, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Colleton Prep Academy’s Chorus presented “Kamp Kaos” on Thursday April 21 at the Colleton Center.
The school’s first full-length musical, Kamp Kaos is set in a kids’ summer camp which is behind on the mortgage and in danger of closing.  To make matters worse, the camp is due for an annual health inspection, but seems to have been invaded by mice.  The comedy focuses on the counselors’ and campers’ plans to save the camp by disposing of the mice in a humane manner.  After many twists, turns, and laughs, the camp pays the mortgage, passes the inspection, and returns to business as usual.
“Overall, I believe the show was a success.  Even though we made a lot of mistakes, the students did a good job recovering from them, and that’s part of the learning process in musical theatre,” Director of Music Jennifer McMillan said.
The show involved students of all ages with 55 students who participated on stage, plus an additional 15 working backstage.
McMillan said, “I’m a huge advocate of older students mentoring younger ones — and sometimes vice-versa.”
McMillan said that she talked with the students and discussed the pros and cons of putting on  a musical rather than a revue.  She plans to let the students decided what next year will be.
“I find that allowing them to determine the nature of our performances gives them a sense of ownership and provides a natural sense of motivation during preparations,”
she said.
McMillan expressed her gratitude for everyone person/volunteer involved.  “I simply cannot thank the parents and my co-workers enough for their assistance and encouragement!”

Photos by JIM KILLIAN

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