Virtual Drama Camp Catalog

Read below about our online youth summer camps, or click here for the PDF version of the Catalog of Programming.

 

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Bravos-Entering 1st and 2nd Grade (Fall of 2020)

 
Encores-Entering 3rd and 4th Grade (Fall of 2020)
 
 
Standing Ovations-Entering 5th and 6th Grade (Fall of 2020)
 
 
Grand Finales-Entering 7th and 8th Grade (Fall of 2020)
 

 

 

Bravos-Entering 1st and 2nd Grade (Fall of 2020)

 

Session 1 (June 22-June 26, 2020)-1 Week

Theme: Fun With Improv
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting Out a Story

Using Improvisational techniques, students will learn to create original stories and act them out with their whole bodies.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Puppetry

Students will create puppets out of common household items and use them to develop original skits.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Improvisation 

Students will be introduced to a variety of theatre games and improv techniques emphasizing creativity, spontaneity, and using your body and voice.

 

Session 2 (June 29-July 10, 2020)

Theme: World Traditions 

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting 

Students will learn about theatre in different cultures and develop short performances based on Eastern, African, and Caribbean folktales. 

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Music and Dance

Students will learn songs, rhythms, and movement traditions from around the world and practice dance routines in a raucous daily movement party.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Hands-On Theatre Making

Students will use household objects to create masks, costumes, and instruments and use them to explore theatre traditions from a variety of cultures.

 

Session 3 (July 13-July 24, 2020)

Theme: Mysteries 

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting

From acting out detective stories to searching for buried treasure, students will use mysteries as a jumping-off point to develop acting, improvisation, voice, and movement skills.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Puppetry

Students will create a variety of puppets and use them to develop “mystery theatre” stories.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Character Party 

Students will develop a variety of characters and meet in a daily party setting to explore whodunnits, mysterious happenings, and special surprises!

 

Session 4 (July 27-August 7, 2020)

Theme: Shakespeare 
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting

A fun exploration of the actor’s process through theatre games and activities—from creating a character to finding power in your body and voice.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Fun with Shakespeare

A lively introduction to the great stories of Shakespeare culminating in a (very) abbreviated performance of one of the Bard’s most beloved works.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Music and Dance 

From learning classical movement to hip hop and singing songs of all kinds, this class will explore a variety of music, movement, and dance styles as students create their own “performance piece.”

 

Session 5 (August 10-August 21, 2020)  

Theme: Devised Theatre - Heroes and Villains
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting

What does the character want and what do they do to get it?  These are the core principles of modern acting, and this module dives into “objectives and actions” through exciting games and activities.  This class includes lots of focus on the body, voice, and imagination as students create characters and scenes featuring heroes and villains.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting Out an Original Story

Using improvisation and scene-building techniques, students will create original short plays involving villains, superheroes, and everyday heroes.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Character Crafts

From magic wands to masks to tin foil hats, campers will create costumes and props to bring visual life to original characters they create.

 

Session 6 (August 24-August 28, 2020)

Theme: Comedy

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM A Funny Thing Happened….

Students will learn the basics of comedy and timing and act out short comic stories.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Improvisation 

Students will use improvisational games and techniques to create comic sketches and scenes.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Puppetry 

Students will explore Commedia Dell’ Arte and other comedy forms as they make puppets and perform comic puppet shows.

 

Encores-Entering 3rd and 4th Grade (Fall of 2020)

 

Session 1 (June 22-June 26, 2020)-1 Week

Theme: Fun With Improv
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Improvisation

Students will explore a variety of fun and fast-paced improvisational techniques and theatre games, focusing on developing plot, working with scene partners, and thinking on your feet.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Character Creation

Students will create original characters and stories through improvisational techniques.  From developing unique voices to inventing circumstances and settings, this class is for anyone who likes to role play.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Using Your Body as an Actor

This is an “on your feet,” movement-based class featuring actor’s warm-ups, improv exercises designed to evoke large physical choices in the creation of scenes and characters, and games focusing on spontaneous actions.

  

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Making Theatre from Household Objects 

Taught by one of the area’s top prop designers, this class will help students create costumes, props, sets, and more from simple objects around the house.  Students will then use their creations in improvised scenes and stories.

 

Session 2 (June 29-July 10, 2020)

Theme: World Traditions 
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting 

Students will learn about theatre in different cultures and develop short performances based on Eastern, African, and Caribbean folktales. 

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting for Film and TV

Students will be introduced to techniques in acting for the camera, using scripts from TV and film scenes from around the world.  All kids will be recorded and get to watch themselves in playback.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Movement for the Actor

Using theatre and movement traditions from around the world, students will learn to increase physical expressiveness and make strong choices with their bodies as they develop characters, act out stories, and create performance pieces to music.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Puppetry 

Students will explore puppetry traditions from around the world, including shadow puppets, bunraku, and Britain’s Punch and Judy.  Using common objects found around the house, students will create their own puppets and puppet shows.

 

Session 3 (July 13-July 24, 2020)

Theme: Mysteries 

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Close-Up Magic 

One of the area’s top magicians teaches sleight of hand working with cards, coins, napkins, string, and other common household objects. In addition to performing magic tricks, students will create their own “magician persona.”

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Improvisation: The Whodunnit Version

Using a variety of improvisational games and techniques, students will focus on creating storylines that involve unanswered questions and mysterious happenings.  A deep dive into the who, what, when, where, and why of dramatic structure.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Prop Making and Storytelling

What’s a mystery without the clues left behind?  This class will focus on creating props and costume pieces that give a physical dimension to any good hair-raising tale—and then create and perform a story using those props.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Acting 

From acting out detective stories to re-enacting ancient quests, students will use mysteries as a jumping-off point to develop acting, improvisation, voice, and movement skills.

 

Session 4 (July 27-August 7, 2020)

Theme: Shakespeare 
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting

A lively introduction to the great stories of Shakespeare culminating in an abbreviated performance of one of the Bard’s most beloved works.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Movement and Dance 

From pantomime to street styles, this class features a wide variety of movement and dance training designed to get kids moving and increase their comfort level with making strong physical choices.  Students will apply their movement and dance skills to some of Shakespeare’s most vivid lines.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Costume Design

From creating flower garlands to making swords and tunics to fashioning a Shakespearean ruff, this class will help students design costumes for their own Shakespearean characters using items they already have at home.  Students will rehearse using these costumes in scene work.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Object Theatre  

An exciting art form akin to puppetry, object theatre teaches students to bring “found objects” to life through voice characterization and prop manipulation.  Students will work with different objects throughout the course, animating them to create characters and scenes from Shakespeare and other famous stories.

 

Session 5 (August 10-August 21, 2020)

Theme: Devised Theatre

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting for Film and TV 

Students will learn techniques in acting for the camera, using scripts they develop with the help of the instructor.  All students will be recorded and get to watch themselves in playback.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting 

This course will focus on developing and performing original scripts devised through improvisation and short writing exercises.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Set Design

Students will work with the instructor to design a set for any story or play that captures their imagination.  From creating a shoebox model to arranging whatever is in their physical environment, this class lets students’ imaginations run wild as they learn what it takes to create the world of the play.  Students will have the option of writing and/or acting out scenes on their sets.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Mystery Party

Students will develop a variety of characters and meet in a daily party setting to explore whodunnits, mysterious happenings, and special surprises! Every day has a different party theme (could be dinner in a castle, a trip on the Orient Express, or a reunion of the World’s Greatest Detectives!) and requires a different character. This class is for anyone who loves to role play and solve mysteries!

 

Session 6 (August 24-August 28, 2020)

Theme: Comedy
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Puppetry 

Students will explore Commedia Dell’ Arte and other comedy forms as they make puppets and perform comic puppet shows.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Music, Dance, and Physical Comedy

Create dances and sing to some of the most fun and funniest songs ever created, and learn some basic skills of physical comedy and timing.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Character Party

A daily dinner party gathering celebrities, characters from popular fiction, aliens, and more who interact through a series of wild and fun improv exercises.  Everyday has a different party theme (could be a luau, a birthday party, or a marshmallow roast!) and requires a different character. This class is for anyone who loves to role play!

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Improvisation 

Students will use a variety of high-energy improvisational games and techniques to create comic sketches and scenes.

 

Standing Ovations-Entering 5th and 6th Grade (Fall of 2020)
 

Session 1 (June 22-June 26, 2020)-1 Week

Theme: Fun With Improv

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Improvisation*

A deep dive into improvisational techniques designed to develop spontaneity, encourage strong acting choices, increase connection between actors, and expand students’ imaginations.  The course features both verbal and physical exercises and culminates in a student improv demonstration recorded for public sharing via streaming. 

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Improvisation*

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Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Storytelling

Students will learn the art of creating collaborative stories as well as personal narratives through improvisation techniques.  Students will have the option of creating one finished story for performance.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Character Movement 

An exploration of techniques for engaging the body to develop a character and tell a story.  This course features physical warm-up routines as well as pantomime, movement, and acting exercises.

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 2 (June 29-July 10, 2020)

Theme: World Traditions 

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting for Film and TV 

Students will be introduced to techniques in acting for the camera, using scripts from TV and film scenes from around the world.  All students will be recorded and get to watch themselves in playback.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting*

Students will learn about Eastern, African, and Caribbean theatre traditions and rehearse and perform short plays and stories based on these traditions.  The class also includes training in scene study, voice and movement for the actor. 

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Acting*

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Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Playwriting 

Students will collaborate to write original scenes, monologues, and short plays inspired by events around the globe. 

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 3 (July 13-July 24, 2020)

Theme: Mysteries 
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Performance*

Students will create and perform a short play based on a detective story or ancient mystery. The class also includes training in scene study, voice, and movement for the actor.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Performance*

See above.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Movement for the Actor

Incorporating elements of mime, dance, and character movement, this class teaches actors how to comfortably use their bodies on stage and how to create character through movement and gesture.  This class also features highly physical warm-ups and cool-downs.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Close-Up Magic

One of the area’s top magicians teaches sleight of hand working with cards, coins, napkins, string, and other common household objects. In addition to performing magic tricks, students will create their own “magician persona.”

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 4 (July 27-August 7, 2020)

Theme: Shakespeare 

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting*

Students will learn techniques for mastering Shakespeare’s language and embodying his characters while rehearsing and performing in an abbreviated version (20-25 minutes) of one of the Bard’s most beloved works.  The course culminates in a digitally-produced public performance.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting*

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Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Stage Combat 

An introduction to stage combat and sword play with safe techniques you can try at home.  Taught by one of DC’s best-known fight directors, this class is specifically designed to allow students to create “stage fights” on the digital platform. 

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Character Creation

From exploring given circumstances, to developing specific habits of speech and movement, to creating an external appearance, this class allows students to take on a variety of Shakespearean and other famous characters, creating costumes, props, and short improvised scenes to bring these characters to vivid life.

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 5 (August 10-August 21, 2020)  

Theme: Devised Theatre

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Acting*

This course will focus on developing and performing original scripts devised through improvisation and playwriting exercises. In addition to devised theatre techniques, this course introduces students to high-level acting and rehearsal concepts and exercises and culminates in a digitally-produced public performance.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Acting*

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Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Acting for Film and TV 

Students will learn techniques in acting for the camera, using short scripts they develop with the help of the instructor.  All students will be recorded and get to watch themselves in playback.

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Let’s Get Physical: Relaxation, Mime and Movement 

Get off the couch and celebrate the potential of your body in space!  This class features exercises drawn from yoga, mime and character movement, dance, and aerobics to get hearts pumping, minds focused, and students enjoying their complete range of motion as theatre artists.

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 6 (August 24-August 28, 2020)

Theme: Comedy

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Physical Comedy

Taught by a master of comedy improv, this class teaches the principles of comedic timing and how to tell a comic story with your body.  The course uses both improvisation and scene work to explore physical comedy styles and, yes, how to do the perfect pratfall!

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Improvisation*

An exploration of comedy improv—a la Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.  Through exercises in spontaneity, “accepting offers,” and the principles of comedic acting, along with a host of hilarious theatre games, students will learn techniques for collaboratively creating comedy without a script.   This class culminates in a student improv demonstration recorded for public sharing via streaming. 

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Improvisation*

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Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Hip-Hop Dance

A fun, high-energy dance class featuring hip-hop and street styles.  No prior dance experience necessary.

 

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

Grand Finales-Entering 7th and 8th Grade (Fall of 2020)

Session 1 (June 22-June 26, 2020)-1 Week

Theme: Fun With Improv

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Character Movement

Start the day with something active!  This class uses improvisation, mime, and movement exercises to allow students to develop a variety of characters from plays, movies, and popular culture.  Students will also create an original character and develop a solo movement piece.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Storytelling

Students will learn the art of creating collaborative stories as well as personal narratives through improvisation techniques.  Students will have the option of creating one finished story for performance.

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Improvisation*

A deep dive into improvisational techniques designed to develop spontaneity, encourage strong acting choices, increase connection between actors, and expand students’ imaginations.  The course features both verbal and physical exercises and culminates in a student improv demonstration recorded for public sharing via streaming. 

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Improvisation*

See above

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 2/3 (June 29-July 24, 2020)-4 Weeks

Musical Theatre Workshop (culminates in a fully-produced digital broadcast)
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Musical Theatre Workshop*

Students will gain acting, singing, and movement skills as they rehearse and perform a showcase featuring scenes, monologues, and musical theatre songs.  Each student will perform at least one musical solo and one scene in the showcase as well as participate in collaborative numbers.  Students will be working with professional theatre directors and music directors to choose the material and develop the showcase. Each day will feature a combination of acting training and musical theatre skill development in small ”breakout groups” as well as physical and vocal warm-ups and social “green room” time. Students performances will be recorded throughout the session and the final product will be broadcast as a watch party for students, friends, and family from near and far.  Please note:  If your student was especially looking forward to Oklahoma, they are welcome to perform material from that show in the showcase.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Musical Theater Workshop*

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Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Musical Theatre Workshop*

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Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Dance for Musical Theatre 

This is a high-energy class in which students will learn a variety of musical theatre dance styles including jazz, hip hop, and Broadway.  Students will work on choreographed routines and will have the opportunity to create original solo and collaborative dance pieces for the performance showcase. No prior dance experience necessary.  

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 4/5 (July 27-August 21, 2020)

Theme: Shakespeare’s As You Like It (culminates in a fully-produced digital broadcast)
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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Shakespeare’s As You Like It *

An exploration of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies culminating in a full production!  This intensive program will give participants the tools to create and perform the Bard’s beloved classic about transformation in the Forest of Arden, a dream-like world full of delightful characters, intrigue, romance, and much more. Each day will feature a combination of acting training in small ”breakout groups,” play rehearsal, and social “green room” time. As You Like It will be filmed on the Zoom platform and broadcast on the final evening as a “watch party “for students, friends, and family from near and far. 

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Shakespeare’s As You Like It *

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Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Shakespeare’s As You Like It *

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Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Stage Combat and Circus Skills! 

From juggling to swordplay, this class has it all.  Students will learn to juggle with scarves and balls and practice stage combat and swordplay with safe techniques they can try at home.  Students will also be introduced to the art of clowning. Co-taught by one of DC’s best-known fight directors and a professional juggler, this class is specifically designed for the digital platform (even the “stage fights!”).  

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)

 

Session 6 (August 24-August 28, 2020)

Theme: Comedy

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Module 1 10 AM-11 AM Hip-Hop Dance

A fun, high-energy dance class featuring hip-hop and street styles.  No prior dance experience necessary.

 

Module 2 11 AM-Noon Improvisation*

An exploration of comedy improv—a la Second City and Whose Line Is It Anyway?.  Through exercises in spontaneity, “accepting offers,” and the principles of comedic acting, along with a host of hilarious theatre games, students will learn techniques for collaboratively creating comedy without a script.   This class culminates in a student improv demonstration recorded for public sharing via streaming video. 

 

Module 3 1 PM-2 PM Improvisation*

See above

 

Module 4 2 PM-3 PM Physical Comedy 

Taught by a master of comedy improv, this class teaches the principles of comedic timing and how to tell a comic story with your body.  The course uses both improvisation and scene work to explore physical comedy styles and, yes, how to do the perfect pratfall!

 

(*Taken together as 1 course with the same instructor)