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Full Summer Process Class – 10-Week Session
Get a taste of stardom and explore the process of theatre training through high-energy theatre games, improvisation and activities with very limited memorization required. Create characters, explore dramatic interpretation of classic stories, learn lingo and challenge your imagination and expression. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles. Since there’s no play to
rehearse, every class is fresh and exciting. These classes are especially good for students:
- who have limited acting class experience (rehearsing a final showcase doesn’t allow much time
for improving the basics of acting)
- who are most interested in honing acting skills
- who may have many other activities to balance and don’t have time for a lot of at-home memorization
- who become bored with repetition
- whose parents are very busy people with limited at-home time to drill lines for performance or
time to create a costume for the final showcase
An American Girl PJ Party: Rising 2nd-7th ONLY
Explore the world of the American Girl dolls—from the historical dolls who viewed American history from the perspective of a 9-11 year old girl living in that time period, to the more modern My American Girls, there are stories to be shared. The basic principles of acting and theatre will be taught through exercises that encompass the ideas of stage directions, articulation, and movement. Students will use their imaginations to develop characters based on their American Girl. Dolls are encouraged to attend too!
All Colors of the Spectrum: a drama experience for children on the autism spectrum: Rising 4th Grade and up
By creating a safe environment built on ritual and discussion, students can explore means of expression. We will develop scenarios that explore cause and effect, expose and identify situations that involve nonverbal cues, and engage in group problem solving. These goals are then accomplished through games and activities that encourage cooperation, listening and creative problem solving. We will also address nonverbal communication focusing on recreating facial expressions and vocal inflections that indicate an emotional state. Students will work on a story that will be showcased at the end of the session in an informal sharing that is open to family and friends. This is a great way for our teacher to assess your child for potential mainstreaming into the rest of the Summer camps or Fall session classes.
Classic Storybook Tales
Let’s have fun with all those classic characters from beloved books/movies. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, as well as fantastic creatures—huggable bears and pigs, talking mice, ‘Goofy’ dogs, magical
fairies and Wild Things. We’ve been telling children great stories for a very, very long time…let’s bring all of those characters to life with guided dramatic play.
Empathy and Kindness
This is a chance to channel your inner Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust and teach them all to work together! Examine how each of these emotions drive characters to the choices they make. Children’s
literature gives us so many examples of giving selflessly—Charlotte’s Web, Lion and Mouse, One and Zero, The Invisible Boy, and Anna trying to save Elsa. Let’s grow our capacity for unselfishness and good will.
Encounter a variety of fantasy settings and enchanted experiences. Imagine being Rey (Star Wars), Lyra (Golden Compass), Lucy or Edmund (Narnia) or even King Arthur. Maybe you have to lift a curse (Ella
Enchanted) or you have to fight for your family’s honor (Mulan and Merida) or steal from a Dragon (Hobbit) or answer the Call of the Wild. Calling all brave or hope-to-be-brave kids…not for the faint of heart!
Furry Friends Frenzy
Calling all animal lovers! Unleash the animal inside as we discover how to personify animal characters for the stage. Slither, hop, and prowl as we explore areas of the stage. Growl, hiss and chirp through animal-inspired vocal exercises. Actors choose to develop a favorite animal character and from this, we dig up some great character interactions. Acting and play structure combined!
Parents don’t want their kids to grow “up” so we’ll just explore the ever-changing landscape of growing bigger. Peter Pan managed to avoid growing up, but he still learned to be compassionate and brave for
his friends. Mowgli, too, had to learn many lessons from Baloo and Bagheera and he too learned to face his fears. Rapunzel, Mulan, Tiana, Merida and Moana each had to brave the unknown as they became
who they were meant to be. Have fun exploring getting older and finding yourself.
Develop acting skills while exploring characters and themes from J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular HARRY POTTER books. Learn to wield a wand, pick teams for Quidditch, avoid Boggarts and Dementors while exploring the world of Hogwarts. All the standard acting exercises will be used so performance skills are honed, but the students will be primarily exploring the world of Harry Potter in an interactive environment. We may visit Hogsmeade Village, study abroad at the American school, Ilvermorney, or even try to recapture some escaped Fantastic Beasts. So much to do and so little time (but we have some time-turners so we can all have even more fun)!
How many impossible things can you imagine before breakfast? Kids get to be kids and create the world they want to live in (at least for part of the day). Where dragons are friendly and giants bring you tea. We can fly to distant galaxies, we can swim deep under the ocean, or we can sit quietly in a secret garden with fairies, pixies and gnomes.
May the Force be with you! Discover if you have what it takes to become a true Jedi. Train in concentration, pantomime, and light fight choreography as we develop a connection with the Force. See if your student has what it takes to conquer the Dark Side! Each student needs to bring a pool noodle so we can craft our own (safe) light sabers in class. Please do not bring personal light sabers from home, but you are welcome to come in costume (not required).
Makers of Mischief
The Cat in the Hat just wanted to have a little fun, Anansi (African folklore) may have been a little too clever for his own good, coyotes, foxes, Br’er Rabbit and even the Pigeon who just wanted to drive the bus. None of them necessarily meant to cause trouble, but each ended up in a pickle. Sometimes solving problems can be tremendously fun when we add a lot of team work and imaginative thinking.
Let’s sail into an adventure with all things sea-related! We may board a pirate ship and sail to Neverland and meet some fairies, lost boys and native peoples. Or perhaps swim under the sea to explore the realm of Triton and the mermaids or sea turtles going with the flow. Or bravely voyage to new islands with Maui & Moana, this camp is a great way to immerse yourself in the big blue (on weeks when you can’t get to the beach)!
Registrants don’t have to read music, but should enjoy singing and basic dance. The class will focus on ensemble musical theatre material, basic singing and dance technique. The last part of the final class will include a “sharing” for friends and families of ensemble vocal pieces with staging and costumes! Each camp will take inspiration from the musical listed in the camp titles here:
Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo
Swim UNDER THE SEA with Ariel and Nemo as we sing the beloved songs from THE LITTLE MERMAID and FINDING NEMO (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Musical). You can be sure that by the end of this week your child will be “flippin’ their fins” to the calypso beat and riding the East Australian Current. Come share your voice and be part of our world!
Its summertime, so join us in the South Seas as we explore the world of Moana and Maui. Lin Manuel Miranda has written hit songs that must be performed! We’ll embark on a musical journey, navigating through the film’s most popular tunes. “You’re welcome!” Sign up now and see how far they’ll go!
Aladdin and Mulan
Your wish has been granted! Spend your Arabian week with us as we travel to a whole new world singing the popular songs from Disney’s Aladdin. Hop on the magic carpet and hang tight! This is going to be a ride to remember and to borrow from the original animated Mulan…, “we’ll make a man out of you.” Music you can’t NOT sing to—parents, you’ll probably have a few of these songs stuck in your head for the week too!
Annie, Matilda and Oliver
Please sir, can we have some more? You asked for it and you got it! Returning to our class offerings are the beloved orphan Annie, bold Matilda, and kind Oliver. Selecting songs from all three of these hit musicals, students will be dancing so much, the floor will “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building”!