INTRODUCING TOTALLY INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL DRAMA CAMP THIS SUMMER!
Yes, there will be summer camp! It may just look a bit different this year.
Given the safety risks to students, families, and teachers even if DC businesses are allowed to open, we are shifting our summer camps to an all-virtual, totally interactive program.
We’re excited to be able to offer the fun, collaborative, nurturing, and highly personalized experiences that The Theatre Lab is known for--even if we can't be physically together.
We are also modifying programming to make it more modular, so students can craft a day that is anywhere from one hour to four hours of training in a wide variety of fun theatre disciplines!
Small classes with skilled teaching artists who have already had success on the virtual platform, a uniquely individualized approach to training, along with lots of movement, hands-on activities and fun social time, sets our summer programs apart from typical online learning.
In this of all times, we are more committed than ever to giving young people experiences that capture the magic of summertime: making new friends, exploring new things, developing nascent talents, unleashing creativity, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
WHAT DOES VIRTUAL CAMP LOOK LIKE?
A virtual camp summer shouldn’t have to be a disappointing "second best" option but rather an exciting opportunity to teach in new ways and develop some skills that don't always get a lot of attention in traditional drama programs.
For the past two months, we’ve been teaching improvisation, movement, creative playmaking, and acting to kids and teens, and even directing shows that we are producing in an online format. We've learned a ton about how to do it in a way that keeps everyone engaged and the learning moving forward.
In fact, we envision a summer that is even more tailored to each student's individual needs than ever before--with very low student:teacher ratios and lots of use of breakout rooms for small group activities.
We know it can be hard to imagine what a virtual camp program for kids or a musical performed on Zoom might look like.
Click below for some examples of programs we've been doing for the past few months:
Bravos Acting Class (1st and 2nd graders)
Devised Theatre Performance Class for older children
Virtual Musical (combined adult and youth production of Bonnie and Clyde, The Musical)
Classes will be taught by The Theatre Lab’s award-winning faculty members—professional artists with years of youth education experience. And we've even added some artists who are especially adept at creating on the online platform (check out close-up magic and stage combat!). There will be hands-on activities like prop, costume, and set design; theatre games and social time; and an abundance of movement, dance, and physical activities to keep kids active during this unusual summer.
How Classes are Structured
Each class module is one hour in length, which includes 50 minutes of teaching and creating time, and 10 minutes of winding down, chatting with the teacher, sharing artwork created, etc. The last 10 minutes of each class is optional for students and no new content will be introduced. That way, if your camper wants to take a quick bathroom break or get a snack, they won't feel pressured to race from one class to another. If, however, they want to keep creating with the teacher, they can do that, too!
Classes meet at 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. We're even providing a free "virtual lunchroom" where students can hang out with a teacher and friends from 1pm-2pm if they want (totally optional). Campers who have class before and after lunch can stay "logged on," making it easier for parents who may prefer to sign on only once during the day rather than multiple times.