How to Make an Original Production in 5 Days

Open Doors, an out of school enrichment program, has a wonderful summer camp for middle school students at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.  This summer several Young Audiences artists are working each week with the students in dance, theater, music and visual art, and culminating each week with an original production.

On July 2nd, about 15 campers produced and participated in “Taking Care of Business,” an original short story based on a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  The campers discussed the idea of “why people fight” and “why can’t people get along?”  In only FIVE days, a script with music, dance and costumes was created, rehearsed and performed for the community.

The theme of the performance was how to end conflict and was illustrated creatively through song, dance and acting.  In the words of the campers, “Know there is one earth to share for us all.” We look forward to more creativity this summer with Open Doors!


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