Drama and the Arts with a Distinctly Southern Flavor

Summerland North Carolina is fortunate to be located at Mars Hill University, the birthplace of the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART).  Not only do campers enjoy drama exercises during the day; they also get to enjoy performances on campus performed by SART.  Please check with an admissions representative when enrolling to ensure your child gets to see a SART performance during their stay as performance dates do not cover all sessions.

SART has a 42-year history of professional productions and presenting plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich heritage of its people, and to promote the development of new works. World Premieres have graced the Owen stage at Mars Hill University; Appalachian/Southern heritage plays have educated and honored the locale of their artistic home; musicals both big and small have delighted their audiences, and the magic of theatre has affected both company members and patrons alike.

Check on SART Past Plays on Youtube

Drama and the Arts

We do drama and the arts for two reasons.  First and foremost, providing activities campers want to do is a way to meet them on common ground and to build rapport.  We want our camper’s active, engaged, and enjoying the camp.  Secondly, there is a definite value to drama and the arts in breaking socially reserved campers out of their comfort zone.  For young people that have been socially isolating by playing video games or interacting with social media- drama and acting activities can be just the thing to get them interacting and socializing again.

Jean Campbell demonstrates some basics of psychodrama in her TedX talk.

Drama Group at Camp

Drama is a great activity we do at camp that provides a supportive way for campers to express their feelings, solve problems, and achieve therapeutic goals.

Drama activities are conducted as an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Campers are who participate in the Drama and Arts component will learn to become more flexible in their roles though acting vignettes where they will also rehearse desired behaviors.  Campers will practice relationship roles and boundaries, and perform the change they wish to be or the change they which to see in the world.

We have relationships with local drama and acting programs in the area.  Drama activities include storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance.

North Carolina Location: Local drama resources include:

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater

Asheville Community Theater

Flat Rock Playhouse

Asheville, NC is the nearest city to our North Carolina location.  Asheville offers unparalleled access to the arts and is considered a haven for painters, sculptors, performance artists, and musicians.

Asheville is also known as an outdoor playground.  Access to whitewater rafting, rock climbing, caving, hiking and more is nearby!