Friday, July 6, 2012

"The Last Exam was Over" by Michael Gula, Opera Camper

Today's installment in our continuing series of reports from the front lines of Sarasota Opera Youth Summer Camp is courtesy of one of our campers.  Michael Gula is a first time participant who will be entering the 10th grade this fall at Cardinal Mooney High School.   
The last exam was over. School was done for this year. After a week of sleeping late I was off to another boring few weeks of camp. Not this year! Camp at the Sarasota Opera was anything but boring.
Not knowing anyone I anticipated being alone the few first days, especially since everyone seemed to know each other from Youth Chorus. That wasn't the case at all. The people in my group were friendly and welcoming.
We spent the first day getting to know our teachers ( Yes, teachers, not counselors ). The second day was all business. Classes in vocals, chorus, props, make-up, costumes, wigs, movement, acting and Opera 101, are just some of the courses we were taking. I was trying not to get lost in the maze of rooms that make up the Opera buildings
The teachers are all professionals from the opera. They share their experiences and their expertise with all of the students. Their dynamic personalities draw you into each class making learning a truly enjoyable experience. Rehearsals both in the classroom and on the stage of the opera house are exciting.
Three weeks have literally flown by. My experience has been like no other that I have ever had. But, the best part , was meeting new friends that I can share my love of opera with. I could never do that with my school friends and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you Sarasota Opera Camp.
Michael G