In-Person Camp FAQ - The Theatre Lab

In-Person Camp FAQ

Do you plan on offering in-person programming this summer? 

We are planning on welcoming back campers for in-person programming this summer.  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments as needed.

Is there a vaccination requirement for campers?

Yes, all campers will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their medical forms.  We will adjust the definition of fully vaccinated based on the recommendations of the CDC.  If you need help finding a vaccine for your child, please let us know and we will provide resources to help you locate a vaccine clinic.  

Are Theatre Lab staff required to be fully vaccinated?

Yes, all Theatre Lab staff are required to be fully vaccinated. 

Will students and staff be required to wear face masks during the camp day? 

At this time, we are planning on having a mask requirement in place for all students and staff.  We will continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID in the DC area and the recommendations of both the CDC and the American Camp Association before making final decisions.  We will notify parents in a timely fashion if anything changes regarding our mask policy.

What COVID precautions do you plan to put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff? 

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow all safety guidelines from the CDC and local government agencies.

*All students and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

*Students, teachers, and parents will be required to wear face coverings at all times while on the Theatre Lab premises (see above for information about any changes to this policy if the transmission of COVID in this area has subsided or been drastically reduced by summer 2022). 

*Any student or staff member exhibiting symptoms will be asked to get tested for COVID prior to returning to the program. 

*Classroom and high touch areas will be disinfected with approved CDC cleaning solutions

*Whenever possible, students will have snack and lunchtime outside

*Camps will take place in a building with an updated HVAC filtration system

*Drop-off and pick-up procedures as well as final sharing and performance plans will be evaluated closer to the start of camp

*If there is a COVID exposure within a camp, parents/guardians of every student in that camp will be notified by a TTL staff member via email as soon as possible. Based on the current guidelines, we will have a plan in place on how to proceed (e.g., whether or not quarantines and additional testing are necessary).  

Where are you located?

We are at 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC. We are walking distance from the Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Conevation and the Chinatown/Gallery Place metro stops.  We are located inside Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, though we are not affiliated with the church. (Please note we relocated in January of 2021 from our prior space at Calvary Baptist Church.) 

How old does my child have to be to attend your camp?

Our Summer Acting Camp for Kids is for students who are entering 1st through 6th grade in Fall 2022. Our Summer Acting/Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens is for students entering 7th-8th grade in Fall 2022. 

Is lunch provided?

We provide a morning snack and a snack in AfterCare. Snacks will be individually wrapped and eaten outdoors. Parents are asked to provide their student’s own lunch.  Please make sure your child’s lunch does not contain any nut products. If your child has severe food allergies beyond what we can accommodate, you may be asked to provide their snack. 

Do you offer aftercare?

Yes. The regular camp day runs from 9 AM-3 PM.   AfterCare runs from 3 PM-6 PM and costs $140 per week.  We also offer an early drop-off option (8:30 AM) for $25 per week. Only families that have selected and prepaid for the early drop-off option will be allowed to drop campers off before 9am.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. We offer a limited amount of need-based financial aid. Fill out an online application here. The financial aid deadline is March 14, 2022.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are available. Payments can be divided into 2, 3, or 4 equal installments to be run on select days.  Payment plan options can be found on our registration page.  If you require a different payment plan, please let us know and we will work with you to set one up. 

Is it possible to get a refund if my child does not attend the camp?

You must notify our office in writing before May 13 of withdrawal from the summer program for a full refund minus a $20 cancellation fee. If you withdraw from the program from May 14-June 10, one half (1/2) of the cost of tuition will be refunded. After June 10, there are no refunds.

How are the age groups divided?

Children entering 1st and 2nd grade are in the Bravos group.

Children entering 3rd and 4th grade are in the Encores group.

Children entering 5th and 6th grade are in the Standing Ovations group.

Children entering 7th and 8th grade are in the Grand Finales group. 

Do you have programs for teens?

Yes. Every summer, we offer the Musical Theatre Institutes for Teens and our Summer Acting Institute for Teens–four week programs culminating in full productions of plays and musicals.  We also offer The Performance Institute for Teens–a two week training program exploring scenes, monologues and, for those interested in musical theatre, songs, culminating in a final public showcase.

My child is 6 years old, but will be entering kindergarten in the fall.  Can they still attend camp?

We require that all children have already completed kindergarten before attending camp. 

My child has had a lot of experience in theatre. Can I place them with a more advanced age group?

We place all children with their peers based on grade regardless of theatre experience.  Camp is a very social experience and we want to make sure they are with a developmentally appropriate group. 

Who teaches your camps?

Our camps are taught by DC’s top professional actors, directors, and theatre educators. 

Does my child have to audition for your program?

Registration for the Acting Camps for Kids is on a first-come, first served basis. The Acting Camp for Kids programs do not require an audition for admission. Students may be asked to do an informal audition with their instructors during the camp session for learning and casting purposes.

Teen programs have an audition and application process.

Do the students have a performance at the end of camp?

Yes, all two week programs culminate in a shared performance for family and friends. The one week programs will culminate in an improvisation demonstration. All sharings will take place on the final Friday of each camp session. The Friday sharings are meant to show the skills that students have been developing; they are not meant to be polished performances. Depending on COVID protocols, performances may be streamed or recorded rather than taking in front of an in-person audience though, at this time, we are planning in-person sharings. 

The Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a full production of  Once Upon a Mattress, Jr. The Shakespeare Intensive Camp Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a full production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  

Are there required medical forms?

Yes, every parent is required to fill out a medical form, pick-up authorization form, proof of Covid-19 vaccination form, and a camp policies form. These forms are sent via email along with a welcome email prior to camp. 

Can I purchase a membership for my child and receive a discount on camp?

Memberships are not valid for youth programs.

I want to register my child for a camp but it is sold out. Is there a waitlist?

Yes. You can add yourself to the waitlist directly on our registration page. 

What are your office hours?

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 PM.  The office is not open on weekends.

What should I do if I have additional questions about your program?

We are happy to answer any questions that you have about our programs. Please email contact@theatrelab.org and someone will reach out to you.  

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