By SARAH HORGAN
A COUPLE of Cork fans of cult all-singing, all-dancing TV show Glee have taken their obsession to the next level— by coming up with a themed summer camp called ‘Get Your Gleek On’.
Children aged 5 to 18 can join other song and drama enthusiasts for a week, to be mentored by hardcore Glee Mayfield fans Rachel O’Connell and Adrian Kenny, who came up with the idea for the camp after
discovering they shared a mutual love for the U.S show.
Glee follows a group of teenagers who compete in the show choir circuit while dealing with the usual relationship and social issues that every teenager faces. The show is set against the backdrop of the fictional William McKinley High School.
“Everything will be Glee-inspired down to the paraphernalia of the studio,” says Adrian, who featured on the Irish version of Popstars and came first in the 2009 World Karaoke Championships.
With microphones, a backdrop decorated by the glow of brightly lit stars, and an impressive sound system, he and Rachel, 26, have pulled out all the stops to make children feel like they are in the TV show.
“We want kids to absorb the creative atmosphere and actually feel like they are stepping on to the set of Glee,” beams Adrian. There’s a wide range of summer courses being offered to children at the moment, but ‘Get Your Gleek On’ gives children an opportunity to do something productive without being desk-bound.”
Rachel, who recently starred in Shakers in Cork Arts Theatre, says youth culture has progressed in a positive way since the emergence of programmes like Glee.
“Adrian and I are proud to be Gleeks and we hope to inspire other people with our passion for the programme.”
For further information contact 086 1651719 or visit www.getyourgleekon.com
Read the full interview in Tuesday’s Cork Evening Echo