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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 5

Published on August 3, 2012

How can it be?  Last day already!?

We got started with some wonderful movement exercises with Regina Larkin, the manager of education programs at Symphony Space and  a professional dancer.  After practicing different ways that verbs, characters, and ideas could be communicated through movement, we split up into pairs.  Each pair created a short skit of choreography that would demonstrate a conflict—be it a mugging, an overzealous dog pulling its owner, or just two old ladies arguing.   In complete silence, each pair presented their skit on the big stage of the Sharp theater, and we discussed afterwards how the different skits communicated the conflict and how it made us feel. 


Then it was time for our meeting with Raina Telgemeier, author of the graphic novel Drama.  Raina made a fun, exciting, and interactive presentation.  First, we read aloud a section of the novel, with different campers playing the different characters in the book.  Quite a dramatic reading!   Then Raina discussed with us her influences and inspirations— everything from Disney cartoons, to Calvin and Hobbes, to Barefoot Gen, a graphic novel.  She loves the way that comics are able to tell many different stories, and not just funny stories.   Then she talked to us about her own graphic novels, and the real life stories behind them.   Most fun of all, Raina had us create our own comic strips, about the “most disgusting event of our lives.”  People had some amazing stories!   Certainly not for the faint of heart. 


After lunch in RiversidePark, we returned to Symphony Space and had some free time, and shared stories and books with our classmates.  

 Then Symphony Space Education Director  (and costume designer) Madeline Cohen came and talked to us about costume design! (since the book for today was about a play)  We discussed the importance of costumes in facilitating a story and practiced using a single scarf to communicate a whole character! 

What a week this has been!  Hope everyone keeps reading and writing, and see you next week or next year!


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