What will your child play this summer?
In our summer camps for ages 3-11, children learn the craft of acting from professional performers, and in doing so cultivate self-expression and artistry.
Little thespians are empowered to move, sing and act their way through theatrical stories. Dramatic play boosts kids’ self-esteem, camaraderie and pre-literacy skills while providing joyful connections to the world around them. Play is at the heart of the camp, and the children’s intuitions and imaginations are encouraged at every step. Early childhood education specialists are a key part of our Adventure Series summer staff. Come play with us!
Ages 3-5 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn will include: Ocean Adventures, Fairy Tale Theater, Animal Adventures, Superheroes On Stage, and Magical Travels.
In our camps for the youngest of thespians, we explore the joyous energy of play and make-believe. Through improvisation, songs and creative movement, campers re-interpret literature, generating their own characters and scenarios along the way! The weekly theme roots our games, stories, and crafts. In addition to creative theatrics, each day children make a prop, costume or set piece that encourages their dramatic imaginations. Camp is divided into two groups depending on age, with a 1:5 camper: faculty ratio. Our studios are beautiful and air-conditioned with multiple rooms for theater and craft activities. All camps meet at 193 Columbia Street in Brooklyn from 9:15a-12:15p.
Fairy Tale Theater
August 7 – August 11
Build a castle! Ride a dragon! Dress up in your palace finery! Mount your steed and join us as we find out what really happened between “Once upon a time” and “happily ever after” in our favorite classic and contemporary fairy tales.
Help your favorite monkey escape from the zoo! Join the Circus Ship with a troupe of animal performers! Through theater games and improvisation, kids explore their inner Wild Thing. (Tails and tales provided)
Superheroes On Stage
August 21 – August 25
What’s that up in the air? It’s a bird…its a plane…no, it’s…A Super Kid! Whether your powers make you fly, dance, or save the world, this class is for you. Through play and performance we will explore magical creatures and characters with super-abilities.
August 28- August 31
From the land of the dinosaurs to under the sea, we adventure across enchanted worlds and even travel through time! We’ll storm with pirates, dance at a ball, and befriend dragons along the way! Accept your quest and join us as we use theater to explore cultures and characters in history, science and nature.
Campers spend the week exploring beloved musicals through improvisation, dance and music. Theater games and craft-making encourage young imaginations to conceptualize the original story in unexpected ways. The final show of songs and games is a treat for all. Broadway performers teach…live musicians accompany…great fun!
Our Mini Musicals are for ages 4-6 and take place in Park Slope (at Berkeley Carroll School), in Fort Greene (at South Oxford Space) and in Carroll Gardens (at Cobble Hill Ballet on Court Street). Sessions this summer include Under the Sea, Wizard of Oz, Moana, Rapunzel & Flynn, Beauty & The Beast, Trollstice Musical Adventure, and Once Upon a Time.
Under the Sea
July 31 – August 4 – Carroll Gardens
Learn to speak mermaid/merman as you swim and play with your family under the sea. Make a trade for legs with the Sea Witch for a special skill that only you possess. Play an exciting game of Ocean Tag – and careful not to get turned into a statue! Dance at the ball on your new found legs and sing such classics as “Under the Sea”, and “Part of Your World”.
Wizard of Oz
August 7 – August 11 – Carroll Gardens
August 14 – August 18 – Carroll Gardens
Trollstice Musical Adventure
August 14 – August 18 – Fort Greene
Adventure to Bergen Town for a daring rescue to reclaim joy. Sing, but avoid capture by the vengeful chef. Dance, but don’t get eaten! Restore color to your friends and happiness to Bergen Town and end it all in a cool performance! Cardiovascular workouts (courtesy of obstacle courses and Timberlake-dance moves) and temporary hair dye (the natural kind) are involved…. Kids get a social-emotional workout too with games that enhance communication skills and empathy. In this session we explore other characters from the mystical creatures-cannon: unicorns, dragons, pixies and more – working off classic kids lit as well.
Beauty and the Beast
August 21-25 – Carroll Gardens
August 21 – August 25 – Fort Greene
August 28 – August 31 – Carroll Gardens
Rapunzel & Flynn
August 28 – August 31 – Fort Greene
Players start the week with a clear goal at hand…a show on Friday! Improvisation and theater games help stoke creativity, create an ensemble and develop the spirit of play as campers rehearse a complete piece of theater in only five days. A great week for kids to increase confidence, craft,and their ability to work as park of an ensemble.
Sessions for ages 7-11 in Brooklyn Heights will include Adventures in Musical Theater, Shakespeare Players, Roald Dahl On Stage, and Mythology Players. Kids learn how to create a character from a place of instinct and play. Depending on the session they also amass skills in singing, dance, speech, improvisation and Shakespeare taught by master teachers and performers at the top of their field.
Adventures in Musical Theater
July 31 – August 4
Campers work with a Director, Music Director and Choreographer on the techniques of acting, singing, and dance during rehearsals of a fully staged musical theater production. They learn how to use their bodies and voices as instruments of expression while fully developing their characters through their acting work.
Roald Dahl on Stage
August 14 – August 18
Join us as we explore the wild and wondrous worlds of our favorite children’s author! We rehearse a fully staged production of a Roald Dahl book and delve into acting technique, comedic timing and character development. Song and spoken-word poetry also by Dahl will augment our rehearsal process.
August 21 – August 25
Ever wonder what the snakes on Medusa’s head talk about? Ever seen an informercial for Arachne’s loom? Do you know what you would do if you came face-to-face with a Minotaur? In this dynamic week, classic Greek myths come alive as kids stage and perform short plays based on classic tales! Part acting class, part improv class, kids create their own myth mash-up in addition to staging scripted one-acts. This is a great early exposure to mythology and scene study technique.