We continually talk about community partnerships, sponsorships, and opportunities because we are continually blessed and humbled by the generosity of our community in Northumberland County towards the SONG program.
One area of the local artistic community that has provided SONG with a unique opportunity is the Northumberland Players. Each summer, the Players run a series of youth theatre camps and for a couple of years, they have offered two SONG students a free spot in the camp of their choice. Being in a theatre group builds its own micro-community within the wider community because actors and crew all build a level of trust and friendship with one another.
Last summer, Bella Doig from Port Hope and Emily Sleight from Cobourg were selected to attend the camps. Their parents report that both girls enjoyed their week at camp immensely. But in Emily’s case, her opportunity to be able to shine on stage provided her with a big boost in confidence that her instructors see this year in our SONG classroom.
Emily was so taken with the camp that she worked up the courage to audition for the Players’ Christmas youth production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and was given a role in the show. We have been told that Emily very much enjoyed the experience and may now have been bitten by the theatre bug!
One final note: One of Emily’s last shows of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” took place on the same day as the SONG Christmas concert…but she received permission to miss the show and, instead, performed in the concert with us.
We thank the Northumberland Players for this annual opportunity to let some of our kids experience other forms of expression in the arts so that they can shine even brighter in our community.