So the drama camp I did during the whole month of June was an amazing, thought-provoking experience. I and about 40 other campers went on a journey together through our fears, inhibitions, and hopes to create a truly unique show.
The process that we went through together was complicated and at times kindof insane, (lets play the trust-fall game together for an hour, but instead of just falling from a standing position, let's climb on each other's shoulders!) but it was so freeing to simply trust. We all took a huge risk and put ourselves out there, we searched for and found a strangely deep trust in people that we hardly knew outside of camp.
Creating our own show involved hours of brainstorming, improvisation, writing, journaling, working together in groups, working alone, tears, laughs, and flat-out craziness as we all came up with matierial that was brought out of who we are as people.
Our show theme was Masks. We all put on masks every day, masks to change who we are, to hide, to make ourselves look better or look worse, to fit in, to stand out, to be someone other then ourselves. As we fought as campers to take off our own masks for each other, we each found a little more of who we are and TRUE beauty and honesty emerged.
It was a risk, for all of us, since what if you take off your mask and the true you isn't enough?
I think that's the biggest struggle for me. What if I'm not enough?
Not pretty enough.
Not talented enough.
Not funny enough.
Not smart enough.
But going throught this camp affirmed something in me that I've known my whole life, something that takes practice and bravery to truly believe: That I AM ENOUGH. My true beauty comes from unique manifestation of God in Kierna, and even though I still don't have it down-pat, even though sometimes I still put on a mask or lose my way, I'm getting closer to fully realizing my true identity.
This summer has been lovely so far. Actually, the last three months when I've been M.I.A. have been amazing. I had a wonderful time rehearsing and performing a production of Cinderella, in which I not only was given the chance to perform as Cinderella but also worked on the costume comittee and got to make my own costumes! (A post on that process later...)
After that, I got to be involved in a 3 week drama camp where, with the help and guidance of our brilliant director, I and my fellow campers wrote and produced our OWN show. A life-changing experience.
Now I have the next two weeks to veg out and create/chill with friends/catch up on things that got pushed aside during the past three crazy months, and then on the 23rd of July, guess what?! I leave for a 2 and 1/2 week long trip to Finland! Which brings me to my 10 things. Here we go.
1. Finland Trip. YES.
2. Re-igniting my joy for blogging.
3. Reading amazing fantastic lovely books like The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.
(Plus, There's a movie coming out! Yay!)
5. Sewing myself a formal dress, just for the fun of it.
6. Reading my Bible, getting to know my Father in heaven better.
7. Starting a Dream Journal.
8. Not drinking ANY soda! (Deanna, my BFF, is doing it with me. Wish us luck, we're 9 days into the month and so far we're both clean!)
9. Messing around with my lovely new Canon Rebel T1i.
10. Waiting/looking to see what new shows are being put on this next year by different drama groups here in the valley! (So far I'm looking at Les Mis, Alladdin, and The Pajama Game... )