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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp: Week 2, Day 4

Published on August 2, 2012

Wow-already Thursday! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Today began with some entertaining games on the Symphony Space stage. We bounced a ball around in a a circle to each other in order to create a story. Each camper contributed a word with each bounce to form grammatically correct (yet sometimes crazy, random, and illogical!) sentences. After some other creative games, we headed back into the camp room to meet our author of the day, Christopher Healy of The   Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.


He told us all about his inspirations for creating the princely characters of his novel. In most versions of fairy tales, princes remain nameless, known only as “Prince Charming” and appearing at the end just in time to save their damsel in distress. Chris decided to delve further into these characters’ backgrounds and motivations and personalities, making for some interesting discussion about character development.



Next, campers were given their writing prompt of the day. After working as a group to reinvent Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and her story, we individually chose characterd from popular fairy tales and created new versions of them (though still grounded in past tales.) This demonstrated how stories can be warped and distorted when reinvented by new authors and storytellers. No wonder it’s a real mystery what the original tale of Cinderella was like!

                After wrapping up that activity, we headed for an exciting field trip to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park!



We relaxed and ate lunch near the Great Lawn, before proceeding backstage, where an associate producer and a production manager gave us a synopsis of Into the Woods, talked about how a production comes together and what their jobs entail.

We were impressively quiet as we were able to observe some of a rehearsal of Act 2.. Cinderella and her prince were onstage, while the actress who plays Rapunzel came to meet us and answer some questions. Though it was hot, it was an exciting and unique visit; we were glad to experience some backstage magic and observe a fairy tale in action.

                See everyone tomorrow for Friday festivities and meeting Raina Telgemaier!




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