UNION COUNTY — This year’s UCHS Drama Camp concluded Friday with a production of “The Jungle Boy” based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling.
There were 23 students who participated in the annual UCHS Drama Camp which ran Monday-Friday. The camp director was Ralph Lawson, who was assisted by Bess Lawson, Jessie Cantrell, and Jamie Cantrell.
“This has been a good class,” Lawson said. “We have a lot of good, young performers in this group.”
Lawson said the group worked on creative dramatics activities and theatre games throughout the week. They also auditioned for their play “The Jungle Boy,” and rehearsed. The students performed the play on the UCHS stage Friday morning.
The camp participants and cast of Friday’s play were Spencer Weaver, Sebastian Fowler, Greyson Day, Carson Hickson, Becca Hill, Hannah Hill, Maggie Grace Lancaster, Sara Beth Seaward, Maren Pettit, Anna King, Caleb Pickens, Mason Cromer, Brina Childers, Brooklynn Harris, Malachi Gibson, Cameron Kendrick, Mary Kathryn James, Amelia Wright, Eva Jolly, Morgan Pettie, Savanna Kendrick, Libby Hickson and Alyssa Rhodes. The play was directed by Ralph Lawson; stage managers were Jamie Cantrell and Jessie Cantrell; and lighting was by Janet Lawson.
“It’s not just putting on a play, you learn so many life lessons — self-discipline, working with others, problem solving,” Lawson said. “You learn about yourself and other people. The earlier you start with these kids, the more it helps them as they grow.”
Lawson said the money raised during the annual camp is a big help to the UCHS drama department during the school year. Lawson volunteers his time for the camp, and all money raised benefits the Union County High School drama program. Funds from this year’s camp will go toward expenses — including scripts, costume pieces and materials for scenery — associated with the UCHS Drama Department.