TPC hosts movie premiere from Drama Camp production

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Trinity Presbyterian Church (TPC) in Murfreesboro is holding a red carpet event at which it will premiere a film made by kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The event takes place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 17 at TPC.

The film captures the production of a play produced at TPC’s Second Annual Drama Camp in June. Deliberately created as an alternative to traditional Vacation Bible School, the camp was open to kindergarten through fifthgraders and offered internships to sixth through 12th graders.

Drama Camp centered on the production of a play entitled “What Were You Thinking?” which was written and directed by MTSU English Professor Dr. Rhonda McDaniel. In addition to nearly 50 volunteers and 10 community sponsors, the production required actors, props and set designers and costume designers. Each of the 50 campers chose the area in which to participate for the duration of the week.

Dr. McDaniel and other volunteers led the actors through rehearsals each day, while Sewanee Professor Dr. Tim Ehresman led voice instruction for the songs. Retired art teacher Lynn Rouse was joined by her husband Joe in the instruction of prop design with cloth, paper mache and painting.

A trio of volunteer seamstresses taught costume design that included choosing appropriate fibers, sketching designs, fittings and sewing by hand and machine. Another group of volunteers led barefoot campers through the process of painting backdrops for the set.

However, a week-long camp and play production require far more effort.

“We needed volunteers so we offered Internships to older kids to teach them how to run a camp,” said TPC Drama Camp Director Neecia Eggar. “Then we approached professionals in the community to see if they would teach them what to do.”

The 42 interns chose from drama, orchestra, food service, early childhood education, recreation, videography and photography.

The chamber orchestra that provided accompaniment for musical numbers in the play included 15 students playing strings, horns and a flute. The orchestra was conducted by Anna Scholton of Concert Musical Supply and was assisted by MTSU student volunteer Catherine Thomas.

Interns working in food service learned how to prepare for and serve large groups during camp. Next year’s food service interns will learn more about hospitality, ingredients and dive deeper into nutrition and food preparation for camp and the community luncheon following the final performance.

John Pittard Elementary teacher Rebecca Williams is a hobbyist photographer trained by her mother, a professional photographer. She instructed interns in variations in lighting, action shots, distance, zooming, and more, in order to create high quality photos of the camp events for display.

Two MTSU graduates, Chris Ranker and Warren Smythe, became professional cinematographers and opened their own video production company. The company, Red Fox, will release its first film at Belcourt Theater in Nashville this year. Red Fox led videography interns through the basics of filmmaking, including slow motion, film techniques, types of lenses, as well as simple and complex uses of lenses. The application of the internship culminated in the filming of the play, which will premiere at TPC on Aug. 17.

This event is open to the public. Guests are treated to dessert and encouraged to RSVP by calling the church office at (615) 895-2018. Email for more information regarding next year’s Drama Camp or to sponsor.

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