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Students produce, act in ‘Looking Back at the Past’

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On Sunday, July 1, the trio of summer art camps sponsored by the Brunswick Arts Council and funded by ATMC ended with a two-act play written and directed by Sue MacCallum and performed by the KamKam Theater Company.
MacCallum volunteered to teach the summer art drama camp and used the campers as the actors and stagehands. The KamKam Theater Company was born and after three days of preparation, a play, “Looking Back at the Past,” was presented to parents and friends on July 1 in an auditorium at Brunswick Community College.
The play starts with an overture played on the piano by 10-year-old Maureen Walsh. Her mom, played by MacCallum, enters and gets a cab on Times Square in New York to take her daughter to a wax museum.
The cab driver, Katie Friend, is texting while driving and while arguing with mom about texting and driving, runs a stop light and crashes. A New York cop, Allison Rathbone, finding no bad injuries, issues a ticket to the driver, which ends the first act.
After an intermission with refreshments, the second act begins in the museum where the wax figures come to life after being checked by the night watchman, played by Allison Rathbone.
Maren Weber dances the part of the Sock Hop Girl. Marilyn Monroe is played by Kelsey Queen. Katie Friend dances as the Prima Ballerina, and Alexis Rathbone is Julia Roberts.
There is a covered statue on stage that is uncovered by the others to introduce Elvis Presley, played by Mr. Walsh, who is really Maureen’s father. The entire cast dances to the song, “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog,” before taking a curtain call.
Jeanette Serens, president of the Brunswick Arts Council, awarded each student with a certificate of merit and a membership card to the Brunswick Arts Council.
The other two summer art camps dealt with the fine arts where students learned to paint with watercolors, weave wall-hangings, make abstract paintings and sculpture. One fine art camp was taught by Sue Hunady at Calabash and the other was taught by Roger Tatum at Oak Island. Crowds of relatives and friends who attended the final award days of all camps agreed with the teachers and students that all camps were successful.