Sixteen-year-old Sophia Lipkin of Brooklyn, New York loves working backstage in theater productions. She might not like performing, but she is passionate about musical theater.
In the fall of 2015, Sophia worked as the stage manager for her school’s musical, which Far Corners Executive Director Lisa Burns (who also teaches choir at Sophia’s school) was music directing. She learned about FCCMT when Lisa explained about the organization and casually brought up the opportunity for her to go to Costa Rica Theater Camp to work with them. However, Sophia didn’t take it seriously until she realized she had no plans for that summer and decided to go to the Costa Rica Theater Camp and help with the 2016 production of Les Misérables.
Sophia spent around three weeks in Costa Rica. In addition to technical theatre, she was able to help with translation, because she has been studying Spanish for six years. The experience helped her significantly improve her ability to converse with native Spanish speakers. She also enjoyed the camp because she liked communicating with people from a different background than her own, and she made strong friendships which she hopes to continue. Sophia says the biggest difference between her past theatre work and Far Corners is the budget and the translation: with FCCMT there is a need to raise money, and the budget is significantly lower; also, performing a show in translation is challenging and different.
When asked why she is choosing Far Corners again for summer 2017 - she hopes to be the stage manager for Fiddler on the Roof - Sophia said that the organization has a sense of community unlike other camps. She went on to say that being in Costa Rica and speaking another language with kids are her age is fun, and something she wouldn’t find in New York City.
By Nimsi Solís