“When you Live Beyond the labels you have worn….All My People Go!”
They came from every corner of the world. Â They were all different yet they all had one thing in common. Â They each won one of the 20 coveted spots awarded each year to the Prodigy Campâ€”a place where the worldâ€™s top 12-18 year old directors, writers, performers, photographers, songwriters get a chance every summer to come together to hone their storytelling skills and find their creative voice.Â Â Â
Â Kolton Stewart had danced on Broadway in The Lion King, sung on TheÂ ELLEN SHOWÂ and had just landed the lead in a Nickelodeon Sitcom. Â Nathan Gamble had starred inÂ The Dark Knight, Marley and Me, A Dolphinâ€™s Tale, BabelÂ and many other Hollywood Blockbusters.
Nick Robinson had starred inÂ Melissa and JoeyÂ and was about to shoot theÂ KINGS OF SUMMER. Â Dalton Cyr was twelve and working on his second album between tours. Â Thilo Berndt from Germany and the Blackberry Jam twins collectively had millions of hits on You Tube.Â
Javier Caceres from Peru had directed a multimillion view lip-sync and Marianna Emmanuel from Puerto Rico had won over a dozen prizes with her shorts. Â Dylan Elwood was already established as a major Native American storyteller. Â But not all were famous or even accomplished. Â Many had simply submitted a convincing application along with a promising film, song or written piece. Â What they all did share was a â€˜prodigiousâ€™ talent and a love of their art.
Rick Stevenson, Prodigy Camp Director and multi-award winning director/writer/producer said;
â€œChoosing the kids is like casting the perfect film. Â The combination of talent and personalities creates a complex wholeâ€”something greater than the sum of its parts. We had an ex-gang member who wrote poetry one year and an autistic kid with huge comedic talent another year. Â They added SO MUCH to the mix and everyone had a richer experience.â€
“Two years ago we added a songwriting element for the most promising young singers on You Tube. Â It is one thing to put up videos and gain a following but turning that into a future demands being able to write your own songs. Â Thilo Berndt wrote 26 songs after the camp and the Blackberry Jam twins wrote 20. Â Dalton Cyr already had a strong sense of writing but gained some tools and learned about acting, story and directing his own videosâ€, Rick revealed.
This is the fourth year that RIVENMASTER is privileged to collaborate with Director Stevenson, to offer a scholarship to Prodigy Camp.Â This yearâ€™s camp will be held in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State on July 7th to the 14th. Â
I have no doubt that this like other years will be a life changing experience for all who attend.Â
Each year Rivenmasterâ€™s Place has been successful in recommending young artists for this camp. Â If you would like an opportunity to receive a full scholarship and attend this yearâ€™s camp, APPLY ATÂ www.prodigycamp.org. Just mention the fact that youâ€™d like to be considered.
You never know.Â The chance of a lifetime and experience that will stay with you forever might just be a few clicks away!
Â “Together we are really strong, we’re like a tribe”…….. “I know people here better than I know my best friends back home”…. “Magical, Phenomenal, Mind-blowing, Unique, Incredible, there’s no One Word for Camp!”…..“The best Camp I have ever been to in my life”……“The best week of my life”….“An experience you’ll never forget!”
To learn more about past years camps see the following Articles:
- Thilo Berndtâ€™s Amazing Summer Experience At Prodigy Camp
- Blackberry Jam is Jamminâ€™ on Song Writing
- Dalton Cyr Seriously Skillful Songwriter/Performer