Summer Drama Workshop – 2018


This summer, we are celebrating 30 consecutive years of amazing workshops for kids and youth from the Hudson area.

We pride ourselves in making sure ALL of our campers feel they’re in a safe and FUN environment. We strive in making our kids comfortable and confident on stage and we work to guide them to love the theatre.

NEW!!! – We will be offering aftercare services from 2:45pm until 4:45 pm.  See below for details.

Registrations are now closed…

Morning Workshop descriptions:
Morning programs will run from 8:45 until 12:15 daily

Little Theater I (Gr 1 – 3): July 9 through July 20

Show on July 20 at 1pm


Even with everyone in the kingdom lending a hand, the Prince will still not go to bed! Is there anyone who can help the Prince sleep?
The cook brings biscuits, the maid brings hot milk and the physician brings medicine, but the young Prince will not sleep. So the King and the Queen try an entire troupe of dancers, a mustached musician, a feather down quilt and even a cake! Still, the Prince will not close his eyes. Will the strange woman at the palace gate hold the key to the Prince’s slumber?


Children’s Theater (Gr 4 – 6): July 9 through July 27

Shows on July 26 and July 27 in the evening


Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Written in a “show-within-a-show” format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect “girl power” musical for a new generation.

Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly “Advice-a-Palooza.” Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

Youth Theater (Gr 7 – 11): July 9 through Aug 3

Shows on Aug 2 and Aug 3 in the evening


With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

Little Theater II (Gr 1 – 3): July 23 through Aug 3

Show on Aug 3 at 1pm


The Big Bad Wolf Family is having a rough day.  Mama Wolf wants her kids to bring home something good for dinner, but everything keeps going wrong.  Join Mama Wolf and her children as they try to bring the three little pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and her friends and the boy who cried wolf home for supper.  Will they go to bed hungry?  Join the fun and find out!!

EXPLORING THEATRE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Our version of aftercare but with a theatrical purpose!
Afternoon Workshop descriptions:
Afternoon workshops will run from 12:45 pm until 2:45 pm

WEEK 1 (July 9-13)

STORYTELLERS: Storybook Theatre

(Grades 1 – 6)

Ever wanted to step into the pages of a book? In this workshop, we will act, draw, sing, and more to make a wordless picture book come to life! Participants will learn to create their own piece of theatre by using only pictures from a book. Using all of their creative resources, participants will fully explore everything that can be contained in a simple image and discover what is left “unsaid”. From here, where the story takes us is anyone’s guess! Great for students who may be a bit shy about participating in a classroom setting and anyone who loves to tell stories. 

NAILING AN AUDITION: Audition Preparation & Technique

(Grades 6-12)

Want to learn how to audition with the best of them? This is the workshop for you! With the guidance of the instructor, participants will learn how to choose a song and monologue that best suits their talents. Throughout the week, these pieces will be developed through one-on-one coaching as well as group feedback. Come and develop the skills needed to nail your audition and get the parts you want!

WEEK 2 (July 16-20)


(Grades 1- 6)

Let’s bring our favorite stories to life! Each day we will read a new picture book aloud, then we’ll work together to turn that story into a small performance. We will play games, improvise, and develop our performing skills (while having tons of fun)!

MASTER ACTOR: Stage Movement & Character Development

(Grades 6-12)

Improve the skills you need to play your favorite roles! A natural extension of the “Nailing an Audition” workshop, participants will work on scenes from their favorite plays or musicals. Through various movement techniques and character development tools, participants will learn how to fully inhabit a character in both mind and body. How does your character walk? Where is their center of gravity? What exactly is your character thinking when she speaks this line?—all questions that will be explored throughout the week, giving participants a leg-up in painting a fully-realized character in performance.

WEEK 3 (July 23-27)

 MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO: Improvisation

(Grades 1-5)

Do you love to make up your own stories? Throughout the week, participants will learn ways to create their own scenes with minimal guidance. By exploring the structure of a good story and improvisational skills, participants will become excellent storytellers through dramatic and creative play. A terrific place to develop interpersonal skills and self confidence.

WEEK 4 (July 30-August 3)

 SING YOUR HEART OUT: Vocal Skills and Techniques

 (Grades 6-12)

Do you love to sing?  Then this workshop is for you!  During this workshop, you will learn singing techniques that will help you sing with more confidence.  Throughout the week, participants will learn warm-up techniques and some Broadway songs.  This is open to boys and girls.  At the end of the week, we will perform a mini recital.

NEW!!! Aftercare services available!
Aftercare will be available from 2:45 pm until 4:45 pm

Please note that aftercare is not part of our workshop day and therefore does not have a set curriculum.  Students will be supervised during this time while using available books, movies, games, and art supplies to occupy their time.

You can register for aftercare using the main registration form.


We are shifting the workshop by a week to avoid the 4th of July holiday.

A note from the BOD President:

A few parents have been inquiring why we made the decision to move the 2018 Summer Drama Workshop up a week.  This year, the 4th of July holiday falls on a Wednesday This would fall right in the middle of the first week of the Workshop if we did not move up the workshop by a week.

There are a few factors which lead to the decision to move the dates.  First, we anticipate that many families may be taking vacation during this week.  Last year, we had a few participants that missed the first day (Monday) because the 4th of July fell on a Tuesday.  Missing two days (Monday and Tuesday or even Thursday and Friday) would be disruptive to the flow of the week.

Second, we feel that it is important that the first week be a full 5 days.  There is a lot that takes place on the first few days of the workshops, including auditions, that are critical to the overall flow of the program.   Our Little Theater Program is only a two-week program, so missing a day really impacts this program.

We hope this information helps you to understand why the REAA leadership team made the decision to move the workshop.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Lisa Schliker

We are excited to announce that Ryan DeFoe will be returning as the Program Director!

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Parent testimonial:

“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.”
–Cindi Bockweg

Summer Drama Workshop Alumni  – 30th Anniversary Review 

There will be a meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson.  Alumni that are interested in participating are encouraged to attend this meeting.  We will prepare songs to present at the SDW showcase performance at Wood park on Wednesday, July 25.
If you would like to receive information on the reunion show, please send an e-mail to:
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