Thirteen kids capped a week-long arts camp in Dayville, Summer at the YAP (Youth Arts Program), with an evening performance June 30 at Dayville School.
Parents and friends clapped for the youth as they presented the play “Humpty Dumpty,” piano and violin solos, choir ensembles and band performances and more.
The youth, ranging in age from 4-17, also displayed artwork in the hallway.
This is the fourth summer for the arts program, directed by Rebecca Bogardus.
“They accomplished almost as much as a two-week camp,” she said. “It was amazing.”
Faced with a few conflicting summer activities, the camp was shortened from two weeks to one week.
Teachers helping with this year’s program were Janine Goodwin, Samantha Floyd, Kathy Sherwood and Peggy Murphy with assistant teachers and parent volunteers lending a hand.
“It was fast-paced and fun,” Goodwin said. “This is the best week of my year.”
She added, “They come in, and I’m not sure how it’s going to work, and they always surprise me.”
Ten-year-old Brooklyn Terry said she had fun being a part of the play.
“It was the ‘true’ story of Humpty Dumpty with an investigation into why he fell,” she said.
Floyd, who started out as a student and is now a teacher, said the program gives youth a chance to try a new instrument.
In addition to teaching, she played the bassoon in the band ensemble.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the kids to branch out and learn anything they want to learn,” she said.
Next fall, Bogardus will lead a choir, string ensemble and possibly an orchestra, depending on interest.
For more information, call Bogardus at 541-987-2440.