‘Let’s pretend’ is a game most children learn to play, letting their imagination take them to different worlds and become different people. Fort Bragg children are taking the game to a new level by learning to perform on stage with the help of Raquel “Raqi” Barnett, during this summer’s acting class, from June 18 through Friday.
During each session, students learn all aspects of acting, stage movement, musical production, audition techniques, character study, improvisation, technical production, theatre etiquette and more, said Barnett.
Grades 1 through 5 class were preparing for their big show — a circus performance. A live performance is planned for Friday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Maholic Child Development Center, Building B-7125, Sicily Drive.
“They’re learning how to be animals, how to be different people like magicians, clowns. (They’re also learning) it’s okay to fall and it’s okay to drop things because we’re all having fun,” said Barnett.
Barnett’s assistant, Taylor Braddy, 17, said she is enjoying the experience.
“It’s really fun that you get to work with the kids, teaching them things (such as) how to get ready for their next scene,” she said.
Tannor Lorenz, 6, chose the acting class because he wanted to become better at acting.
Bella Jorgan, 9, agreed.
“I wanted to take the acting classes because I love being on stage and I want to make new friends,” said Bella.
Valeria Texeira, 9, returned to the acting class from last year.
“I decided that the first class I took wasn’t enough. I decided to come back to learn more,” she said.
Damia Harriott, 13, is also a returnee and came back because of Barnett. “She’s been my teacher since last year and she’s really good,” said Harriott.
Last year, Harriott was “the sheriff” in the play, “Roamin’ Jo and Juli.”
The camp is $125 per student for a 10-day session. The next session will be from July 23 through Aug. 3, with a grades 1 through 5 class from 9 a.m. to noon and a grades 6 through 12 class from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Maholic CDC. For more information about the acting camp, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com/cyss/skies-unlimited/.