Summer Drama Workshop

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A Program Update for Summer 2020

On Wednesday of last week, the River’s Edge Arts Alliance Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel our 32nd season of Summer Drama Workshop, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision was not made lightly. We considered new guidance for summer camps from the CDC; the American Camp Association 2020 Field Guide for camp operations during the pandemic; guidance from a webinar, “What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing,” hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association; and the state’s phased plan for reopening. We also consulted with our friends at SPARC, and camp leadership from both of our programs were in agreement that, unfortunately, there is no way to safely hold a theater camp this summer.

We are now investigating virtual options, and we would appreciate your feedback regarding your family’s interest level in a few potential formats. Please let us know what you think by filling out this survey, which will be available until June 5. 

If your family pre-registered for Summer Drama Workshop, please let us know (info@upwitharts.org) if you would like to be refunded your $25 pre-registration fee, or if you would like to donate it to REAA to help us cover administrative costs during this time.

Our staff and instructors will miss your families this summer and wish we could be spending the summer together as we’d hoped! We will be in touch soon about virtual options. 


New to SDW? Get a feel for the camp experience with this short video!

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“My daughter Abby has been in Summer Drama Workshop for three years. For her, summer would not be complete without it. It’s the first thing she looks forward to every summer.”

– Cindy Bockweg, Summer Drama Workshop parent