(Crystal A. Proxmire, 7/22/2011)
Sometimes people accuse Francine Hachem of being dramatic. Fortunately they usually mean it as a compliment, at least when it comes to her passion for the performing arts and her work with youngsters at The Kulick Community Center. Hachem runs a week-long Drama Camp for kids, which starts this year on Aug. 15.
This will be Hachem’s tenth year running the Drama Camp. “I’ve seen some of these kids go from eight year olds all the way up to college,” she said. “Most of them come back every year and they make friends that last a lifetime.”
“We do scenes, monologues, a dance, and a song as a group,” she said. “We try to touch on all aspects of theatre. They don’t need any previous experience, and the class can help them build confidence they can use in the rest of their lives.”
Hachem is a performer by trade, and has been with West End Productions since 2001. In August she will be doing Caberet in Royal Oak, and she also regularly performs Patsy Cline with good friend Linda Piccoli. She’s got a Masters Certification from Will-O-Way Apprentice Theater, which used to be in Bloomfield Hills. Though she says working with the young people at camp is one of the most rewarding things she does.
“I really like working with people that age. Their minds are so fresh. They’re not scarred by rejection or afraid to do things. At that age they don’t let anything stop them,” Hachem said.
Drama Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm, with Friday being a special performance for the children’s families. Youth aged 8-13 are welcome to participate. The class costs $75, and interested parents can register their kids through the Ferndale Recreation website or just stop in at 1201 Livernois or call 248-544-6767 for more information.