Video My Time at "Camp Operetta"

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Aug 11, 2019


My Time at "Camp Operetta"
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  • My mom put me in a lot of extracurricular activities when I was growing up,
  • like I've mentioned before,
  • and one I haven't talked about yet
  • was the summer camp called "Camp Operetta".
  • When I was the ripe age of eight,
  • my mom decided I wasn't enough of a versatile super-child yet,
  • and it was time for me to dip my toes into the showbiz puddle
  • that is musical theater.
  • I did piano and stuff,
  • but I've never been interested in the Performing Arts.
  • So, when my mom asked me if I wanted to do this
  • "Camp Operetta" thing during the summer,
  • I was like...
  • ''Okay."
  • ''Wait, what is this?''
  • Look, I just agreed with anything my parents told me as a kid!
  • I didn't know I could actually have an opinion!
  • I'm assuming that most of you don't know what "Camp Operetta" is
  • because I Googled it... and got no results.
  • To be fair, it was a one-off indie camp
  • one of the local elementary schools just did.
  • so...
  • Basically "Camp Operetta" was for young artsy theater kids
  • and would start off by sitting in a group
  • and reading a picture book.
  • Then everyone works together to rewrite it into a musical play
  • to perform in front of the parents at the end of the camp
  • Teacher: "And then what should the tiger say?"
  • Random Kid 1: ''𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕙𝕚𝕞 𝕤𝕒𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕗 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕕''
  • Then we all get assigned roles for the play,
  • "write the music", and make the costumes and set.
  • It was actually really fun and I looked forward to it a lot!
  • Also when I say write music,
  • I mean the teachers tell us how to play nursery songs
  • on xylophones and those colored plastic tubes.
  • We weren't dropping fire in 4th grade.
  • The first year I did "Camp Operetta",
  • the book we were supposed to theater-ize was...
  • I can't remember.
  • I just know it was about a bunch of animals in the jungle,
  • and I wanted to land the role of cheetah,
  • because I thought cheetahs were cool,
  • and obviously, I'm the best cheetah out of all of you losers!
  • She wasn't the main character,
  • but I've never been a "main character" kind of guy.
  • I'm the "I can't cope with #1 spots
  • because the expectation, spotlight, and stress is enough to break me" kind of guy.
  • So that's why I'm always happy to sit at, like, #2 in most things.
  • It proves, "Hey, I'm talented and hard-working enough
  • to land an important and high up role,
  • without complete judgement and pressure
  • of being at the top with everyone waiting for you to mess something up."
  • A bit of a... depressing life hack for you guys.
  • Spoiler alert: I nailed the audition and reeled myself in the role of cheetah.
  • The catch was there were too many kids in the camp for the amount of characters in the play.
  • So what the teachers decided we'd do was assign two people per character, then halfway through the play switch out casts.
  • The girl who landed Cheetah 2 was this one girl who I don't remember the name of,
  • but I thought she was super cool because she only had one arm.
  • It's a good thing the teachers didn't care that the two kids who shared a role didn't have to look similar,
  • Because they'd either have to dye her hair dark brown
  • and make her look Asian somehow, or chop one of my arms off.
  • We made masks out of paper plates, painted a jungle scenery on big sheets of paper for the background.
  • I think the costumes were made of paper too...
  • Look, they didn't have much money.
  • I remember one day I decided I wanted to bring my favorite stuffed animal to camp with me and show them off to the other kids.
  • It was this stuffed mouse I got at a book store I named Raoole spelled R-A-O-O-L-E, because that was 8 year old me trying my best.
  • I brought out Raoole during lunch/break time, and we all started playing with him.
  • We stood in a big circle and tossed him hot potato style to each other,
  • and after a few minutes of this, I went to go use the bathroom real quick.
  • Raoole has always been really special to me because he was the first purchase I made completely on my own without my parents' permission.
  • At the end of the school year, if you read enough books and took a little test to prove you read it, you'd get to go on a field trip to a book store.
  • And I, being the bookworm I am, barely scraped in by reading the bare minimum amount of books to make it.
  • In a desperate attempt to make the cut in time I even requested a bunch of random book tests in some miracle I'd guess enough answers to pass and get points for.
  • It was pathetic, and it worked.
  • "Hell yeah suckers, I totally earned this trip! WOOO--!"
  • The purpose of the trip was for kids to get excited about reading and buy some books they'd read over summer break.
  • So I walked around the bookstore, looked at the books that people were talking about,
  • skimmed the new releases, and then bought a mouse, because I don't like reading.
  • And I was really excited about it because it was my first 100% own personal choice.
  • I didn't have to go: "Mommy, can I get this?"
  • I made my own decision... with their money.
  • Since that field trip I took Raoole everywhere and he's always been my favorite stuffed animal and super special to me.
  • Random Kid 2: "Hey, we ripped his foot off."
  • So in the literal 2 minutes I was gone taking a pee,
  • the kids got so rambunctious that they ripped Raoole's foot off and all the fricking beans were spilling all out the gash hole!
  • What the frick!? You BARBARIANS!!!
  • I immediately put Raoole back in my bag, upside down so no more beans spilled out, but I wasn't really that upset about it.
  • For some sixth-sense reason while I was in the bathroom, I actually thought to myself:
  • "They're gonna rip him open somehow." and they did.
  • I was cool and we were all able to joke about it. The beans that spilled out looked like little eggs,
  • so we were like: "Oh, he's laying eggs, oooh."
  • After camp my mom was able to stitch him back up too, so he's all good.
  • Look, here he is. Doing good B)
  • Anyway, we kept working on the play, finished getting the show set up, practiced our lines,
  • and after a couple of weeks we were ready to perform in front of the parents.
  • And I think it went really well, I honestly don't remember anything about it,
  • but my parents are sending video taped footage they took of it, so here's some of that.
  • *children in cast singing* Ha, ha ha ha ha ha! You are ugly! Ha, ha ha ha ha ha ha--!
  • But that's not the end of "Camp Operetta". I went again next year and this time we did a play on the Rainbow Fish.
  • The story of a special fish with shiny, rainbow scales
  • and no one wanted to hang out with him because he wouldn't give them what makes him special.
  • and the only way he felt like he could be happy was to give away his special-ness to the fish who only wanted to leech off his beauty.
  • Setting aside the controversial morals of the book, we got to work turning it into a play.
  • There weren't as many kids this year so we didn't need to share roles.
  • I ended up again with a semi-main character... the seahorse.
  • Now hardcore rainbow fish fans are probably saying: "Wait, there's no seahorse in that story..." and you're right.
  • As a group of kids, we decided to completely create a new character in the story because, we liked sea horses...
  • And that was the cohesive moral story about acceptance and loneliness... Random Kid 3: "Can we add a sea horse?"
  • Random Kid 1: "make him say the f-word!"
  • During the music learning part of the play, the teachers asked us who could play the piano,
  • because they wanted to assign someone the role of playing the Under the Sea melody from the Little Mermaid without botching it up.
  • I, along with three other kids raised our hands, and we were taken to the piano to do a little musical audition.
  • The other kids took turns playing Mary had a Little Lamb and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and I quickly realized I was overqualified for this part.
  • When it was my turn to play, I sat down and played Pachelbel's Canon I memorized from my piano recital, like a showoff.
  • That was the one time I realized I was the Asian kid in a scenario. I got the part.
  • The night of the play, we got into our costumes.
  • Mine was made out of a towel with the bottom rolled up to look like a seahorse tail.
  • I thought the costume was actually really cool, but a problem arose when I was in the middle of my final lines in the performance.
  • I had a solo part where I was supposed to build hype for the ending of the play, then raise my arms up at the end to deliver the lines that induce the big finale.
  • But as I was saying my lines and getting ready to raise my arms up, I realized the bracelet I was wearing was caught on one of the towel strings. (rip)
  • I started freaking out because this was the big finishing move for my character. It said in the script: "Seahorse raises both arms, blah blah blah blah blah."
  • This was the big moment and it's gonna be ruined because my costume is a towel. I was wiggling my wrist in all directions, and trying to get my arm free as time was ticking down quickly.
  • Finally, I delivered the last line... and could only raise up one arm.
  • Like Cheetah 2.
  • I remember feeling really stupid because no one raises one arm to do anything but ask to use the bathroom... or be flamboyant.
  • I felt like I ruined the big moment but talking to my parents afterwards, they said they didn't notice,
  • and looking back it was probably a much bigger deal in my 9 year old head than it actually was.
  • I still feel like that was one of my biggest failures in life though. See, that's exactly why I don't like main roles in anything.
  • A prime example of self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • and that was my time in "Camp Operetta". No, I didn't do it a third year,
  • because they didn't have enough money or participants, so they had to shut it down. I told you they didn't have much money.
  • You will be forever missed, "Camp Operetta", you made my summers more fun, and my Raoole's foot all janky.
  • Who knows if I would've became a theater kid if "Camp Opperetta" never shut down?
  • But either way, I'm not doing any of that stuff now.
  • I do drawings behind a screen.
  • I mentioned it already, but just a reminder that there's still a few tickets left to see James, Dom, Ross, Arin and me frantically trying to draw and be funny at Scribble Showdown.
  • They're selling out fast so cop a tic if you really wanna see it.
  • You can go to scribbleshowdown.com to see which cities we're going to, and on which dates.
  • We hope to see you there and I'm excited to win every show.
  • Just you wait...
  • Thanks for watching the video. This is a warning:
  • Don't trust anyone with your Rooales, they can and will rip their foot off, and stay away from bracelets when your shirt is a towel.
  • Bye bye! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

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