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The End Of A SMART Summer



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The second session of Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART (Summer Music and Art) Camp wrapped up on Friday, August 2.

The camp, which was held at Head O’ Meadow Elementary School, ran for two sessions this summer. The first session ran July 8 to 19, and the second session ran July 22 to August 2. According to a description from Newtown Continuing Education, SMART Camp was offered for students exiting kindergarten to sixth grade, and it had “creative arts, theater, science, and more, with a staff of professional artists and teachers.” Campers could choose a range of classes to take in the camp.

Throughout the afternoon on August 2, children and their families collected crafts and creations from classrooms. A performance of an original play created for the Theater & Performance Workshop was then offered in the school’s cafetorium for campers and their parents. Instructors for the workshop were Kyle Watkins and Stephanie Pilavin, who both introduced the play, called The Mystery Aquatic. As explained by Mr Watkins and Ms Pilavin, the campers worked with the instructors to create the play, which told the story of an underwater mystery. When a special pearl went missing, different groups — including mermaids, pirates, and detectives — worked to get to the pearl first.

For information about Newtown Continuing Education’s fall programs for adults, see its website, newtown.k12.ct.us/departments/adult-continuing-education.

Theater & Performance Workshop campers perform a scene in The Mystery Aquatic as the finale for the second session of this year’s Newtown Continuing Education SMART Camp. —Bee Photos, Hallabeck
Virginia Bordash, 7, holds one of her clay creation on August 2. It was made during the second session of SMART Camp.
SMART camper Alaina Silvestri, 6, demonstrates on August 2 a puppet she made during the second session of the camp.
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