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Youth Camp: A Camper's Perspective

We are currently underway with our 19th Youth Summer Theatre Camp and producing "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr". Recently, we asked several of our campers to reflect on their experience with camp this year and write an entry for us to share with our followers. The first in this series is Zoee Comstock. Zoee is a soon-to-be eighth grader at Penn Yan Middle School and has performed in PYTCo Youth productions in the past as well as with the PYMS Drama Club. This year is Zoee's final year of eligibility with our program, so she offers a unique perspective. She writes:

Zoee Comstock will perform as Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka Jr on July 28-30.

Even though I'm one of the older kids, the person that all the little kids look up to, I still felt small when we first started this year. I had no clue what role I wanted and I was afraid that there was going to be no kids my age. When I first walked in I was awkward but I had to remind myself to make new friends. It’s really easy to talk to people in PYTCo because everyone is super welcoming and friendly, even after I haven’t talked to them in about 2 years. After worrying about who I’m going to talk to, then it was time to worry about auditions. My advice for auditions is you shouldn’t care what the other kids think you sound like because they aren’t the ones giving you the roles. Just be yourself and show what you can do, I remember I was shaking after my audition, but when I did audition I wasn’t thinking about what other people thought of my voice which really helped. PYTCo has offered me so many amazing things and it’s really fun to work with different age groups instead of just being with older kids.

Thanks, Zoee for your insights and sharing your perspective. You can swing by and see Zoee perform the role of Veruca Salt in "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr" on July 28 - 30 at Penn Yan Academy. Tickets can be found on the "Shows & Tickets" page of our website:


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