Thursday, 18 December 2014

Music Academy Off to Camp!

Keiskamma Music Academy finished the year on a high note with a 5-day camp at Ubungani Wilderness Trust, Boknesstrand, in early December. The Centre is just along the coast on the way to Port Alfred so it didn't involve too much travelling; however the change of scene provided an exciting opportunity to prepare and rehearse for the Christmas production of 'Indalo', as well as to work and play together as a team.

In addition to the music and drama students, KMA staff and volunteers, the group were accompanied by Hanneke van der Merwe and her team who prepared amazing food, organised team-building activities, and nurtured participants with care and support. It was no holiday though! There were intense rehearsals every day after an early breakfast and warm-up, and the afternoons were spent either on the beach, weather permitting, or involved in environmental and cooperative exercises. The evenings gave everyone a chance to relax a bit, with dancing and marshmallows on sticks as the students' favourites!

Everyone felt that the five days went far too quickly and they would have liked to do it all over again! Keiskamma Music Academy wish to thank their kind donors for giving everyone the chance to have this special experience, living and working together. They also wish to thank Ubungani Wilderness Trust, and Hanneke van der Merwe & her staff for looking after everybody so well. And not forgetting Keiskamma Trust drivers for getting the crew there and back safely!

The students all agreed, 'It was a great start to our summer holidays and we'd love to go back again soon'.