Mountlake Terrace sophomore-to-be Chloe Devries was looking for a summer opportunity that would challenge her personally and peak her interest in stage work. She found it at a four-week program conducted by The Driftwood Players and will be part of the production company’s summer teen ensemble performances this weekend at the Wade James Theater in Edmonds.Disney’s “CAMP ROCK: The Musical” has performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The summer teen ensemble camp drew 32 students ages 12 through 17. The teens were coached in acting, singing, dance, improv, leadership, stage make-up and more during the four-week session. They also auditioned for parts in the “CAMP ROCK” production, then spent plenty of time rehearing and preparing for the production performances.
“I wanted to sign up for the camp and get out of my comfort zone and get more experience in acting,” Devries said. She displayed lots of enthusiasm even as the program entered its final week. “It’s really, really fun. I can’t wait to go back each day because it is so much fun,” she exclaimed.
Devries landed the part of Ella Pador in “CAMP ROCK.” Devries called the character she is playing “a super girly girl.”
“She wears lots of sparkles, which is really amazing,” Devries noted.
Morgan Heetbrink, the camp and show director for “CAMP ROCK,” also recognized the enthusiasm Devries showed during the four-week program. “She brings a lot of positivity and energy to the cast,” Heetbrink said.
The teens will need plenty of energy to finish their summer experience in the camp program as they face long nine-hour days this week leading up to the weekend performances. Completing sets and rehearing scenes will keep the cast busy late into the evenings each day this week.
Disney’s “CAMP ROCK: The Musical” is based on hit Disney Channel original movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” and will include more than a dozen songs from the two movies, including “This Is Me,” “Can’t Back Down,” “It’s On,” and “We Rock.” The story revolves around two rival summer music camps and the campers facing an ultimate musical showdown.
You can purchase tickets online here.