CROW camp more than just a ‘song & a dance’


Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) concluded its first two-week summer camp

July 20, 2019 — On Friday, Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) concluded its first two-week summer camp. During the Song and Dance Camp, students learned song lyrics, studied choreography students learned to exhibit the kind of life skills that CROW strives to instill: hard work, dedication, energy, commitment, teamwork and more.

The camp was directed by Siarrah Rain and Jason Wood, who have both worked with CROW before. Rain grew up on stage with CROW, and Wood is a prominent performer and vocal coach in town.

“We had a really cohesive group this year,” Wood said. “These kids picked up the music so quickly, and choreography, too.”

CROW summer camps teach much more than just how to sing and dance. The organization works hard to create an upbeat, welcoming environment where the youth are learning and having fun at the same time.

Song and Dance camp curriculum is focused on teaching campers how to sing with proper projection and diction, how to use correct vocal breathing techniques, how to do voice, body and brain warm ups and how to quickly pick up dance steps and stay with varying tempos. Campers literally don’t miss a beat.

This year’s theme was a retrospective that paid homage to all of CROW’s previous mainstage productions, which include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Music Man,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Once Upon A Mattress,” “Shrek,” “The Addams Family,” “Tarzan” and “The Wiz.”

So what does a typical CROW summer camp day look like?

“It’s super fast-paced,” said Rain, who is handling most of the dance choreography for the camp.

During the four hours that the youth attended camp, they learned skills designed to help them succeed in the world, such as teamwork, cooperation, creativity and self-confidence. The directors keep the camp moving quickly so that campers stay focused and interested — and they were not only interested, they loved it.

Several campers keep coming back year after year. There were also several new faces and quite a few “baby crows”— the littlest campers who are quickly learning the ropes from older campers or “minions.”

Older CROW kids Alex Fuller, Alizabeth Norton, Allison Bernard and Eryn Morgan were the camp helpers who do just about everything from kissing boo-boos to making sure that the children show respect by picking up after themselves.

The 2019 CROW Song and Dance Summer Camp performed an end of camp showcase on Friday. There will be an additional performance at noon on Saturday, July 20, in the “Party in the Parking Lot” for Power of Florence.

There will be additional showcases at the CROW Center of the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101, for Wizardry Camp on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. and two public shows on Aug. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. for the Advanced Acting Program’s performance of “My Heart from the Page to the Stage.”

For more information on CROW, including how individuals can join the nonprofit’s “Encore” sustaining membership program, visit www.crowkids.com.

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