Summer Drama Workshop – 2017


Our Summer Drama Workshop has been continuously running for nearly 30 years. 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.


Registrations for 2017 are now closed.

We will be offering the following programs in 2017:

Youth Theater – for students entering grades 7 – 10:

July 3rd – July 28 (No program on July 4)

Legally Blonde

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. 
Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.  As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.


Children’s Theater – for students entering grades 4 – 6:

July 3rd – July 21st (No program on July 4)


Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure. 
When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.


Little Theater – for students entering grades 1 – 3:

Session I: July 3 – July 14 (No program on July 4)

Where the Wild Things are

Max has been having a rough night.  He pulls the dog’s tail, makes his baby sister cry and yells at his mother, all because his mother told him he couldn’t have a cookie before dinner.  When he can’t get himself calmed down, his mother calls him a “wild thing” and sends him to bed without any supper.  Max falls into a fitful sleep.  He travels through space and time to a place where the Wild Things live.  They make him their King and have a Wild Rumpus. But when they all have their own tantrums because Max tells them they could not have cookies before the royal feast, Max must help them find their own ways to calm down before he can return to his own bed and his loving family.
A lesson in patience and self-control will be fully explored in this brand-new version of the classic Maurice Sendak tale. We all need help taming our inner “wild thing” sometimes and students in this production will definitely get some tips and ideas on how best to cope when you’re having a wild rumpus at home!


Session 2: July 17 – July 28

Fairy tail

What happens when Cinderella meets the Three Little Pigs? Can Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf be friends? What about when Jack climbs up his beanstalk and finds, not a giant, but Rumplestiltskin?
This brand-new play will be developed around our students’ ideas and favorite fairy tale characters.  Students will assist in developing the dialogue and ideas on how best to “mash up” all of the classic fairy tale stories! While building their play together, students will also explore the morals and lessons contained within the stories being used.


We will also be offering Afternoon Workshops:


Our version of aftercare but with a theatrical purpose!  

12:45-2:45pm (Weekly Sessions)

WEEK 1 (July 3-7; *No camp on July 4th)

CLASS CLOWN: Exploring the Art of Joke-Telling & Comedy! (Grades 1- 6)

Everyone loves a good joke! In this workshop, participants will learn all about what makes people laugh and how to put on a show that will leave the audience in stitches. Being able to stand up in front of people and tell a joke may sound like a scary thing but after this workshop, your class clown will feel incredibly confident about speaking in front of others and maybe get a laugh or two in the process!

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 10-14)

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.

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 17-21)

MUPPET MAKING: The Art of Puppetry (Grades 1-6)

Do you love to put on puppet shows? Or would you and you’re not sure how? Come and find out! Throughout the week, we will learn how to make simple puppets out of every day household objects you’d find around the house. The type of puppets we make will be up to you! Hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets will all be explored. The week will end with a small puppet show performance for parents and family.

PROP SHOP: Prop Building & Scenic Painting (Grades 6-12)

Do you have an interest in technical theatre? Are you an artist? Do you love to paint and make things from scratch? In this workshop, participants will create and find objects needed for each show being produced this summer. Creating props is a mixture of searching, innovating, adapting, and creating some of the most essential theatrical illusions. Participants will also explore the art of scenic painting technique with both rollers and brushes, as well as tricks for painting bricks, rocks, forced perspective, shadowing and highlighting. Participants should be prepared to think outside of the box and receive hands-on experience in the world of technical theatre.


WEEK 4 (July 24-28) 

MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO: Improvisation (Grades 1-6)

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.

SHE SAID WHAT??: Improvisation (Grades 6-12)

Have you ever made up your own scene as you’re speaking it? Now’s your chance.Participants will use improv games and activities to improve their acting, ensemble, and comedy skills. Improvisation is an essential skill for performers as an excellent tool for character creation, comedic timing, and trusting your fellow performers. This workshop promises to be fast-paced, creative, and most of all—fun.



We are excited to announce that Ryan DeFoe will be returning as Program Director for the 2017 Summer Drama Workshop.  Here is a note from Ryan:

Hey Hey!
We’re inching our way closer and closer to summer which means SUMMER DRAMA WORKSHOP is on its way!
We had a fantastic time last year and this year’s programs will be even better! We’re working hard to finalize our show choices and registration will be open by February vacation week. Please check this site and future newsletters for more information, show announcements, and scheduling, coming soon!
Again, we’ll have programming for young artists from ages 5-18 and will offer our afternoon theatre-focused workshops every day.
We can’t wait to see what talent your kids bring to our stage this year! Check back soon!
Ryan DeFoe
Program Director – Summer Drama Workshop
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