Summer Acting Camps for Children

Since 2000, Summer Theatre Camps have been offered every summer for students in Kindergarten through 8 grade thanks to The Avalon Foundation. The programs for beginners introduce young people to acting, singing, and dancing, and work to develop self-confidence and skills that they can take beyond the acting stage, while the advanced camps further this experience by delving deeper into the theatrical arts, story writing and production.

“Acting classes have huge benefits for children,” said Kate Levey, who has been running the program for the last decade. “To begin with, acting is a positive factor in children learning to become more effective communicators with others, becoming more confident in their own bodies, it acts as an aid in relieving tension for kids, and simply making new friends in a positive creative environment.” This year’s Summer Acting Camps are as follows:

The Petite Players Camp runs from June 19 through 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a final performance for parents and friends on the final Friday of the camp at noon. This camp is for children entering grades K – 2. The focus of this introductory theatre program is to develop creativity and self-confidence through acting, singing, poetry, movement, storytelling, and fun.

Curtain Call Theatre Camp runs from June 26 through 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a performance on Friday, June 30. This camp is for children entering grades 5 – 8. “We make it from scratch:” That’s the motto at Curtain Call. From comedy sketches to dramatic stories, to “Words from our sponsors,” campers create it all. The Curtain Call theatre program accommodates beginners as well as experienced young actors. Daily activities include theatre games, storytelling, script writing, voice and movement techniques, character development, and stagecraft. The theme for 2017 may be taken straight from the news headlines, where anything goes.

Short Week / Big Show Theatre camo runs on July 3, 5, 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a final performance on the final Friday. This camp is for children entering grades 2 through 8. It’s HOT in July, but it’s COOL inside the Avalon Theatre. Campers will produce a whole play in just four days (there is no camp on July 4). There will be parts for everyone who signs up – small fun parts for younger actors, and bigger, challenging roles for our more experienced acting campers. What’s the play? That is yet to be determined, but the fun is guaranteed.

And Curtain Call Junior Theatre Camp runs from July 24 through 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a final performance on the final Friday of the camp. This camp is for children entering grades 2 through 5. This program focuses young actors on developing basic acting and storytelling skills through a variety of fun daily activities and games. The curriculum is similar to regular Curtain Call, with all activities adapted appropriately for the ‘Junior’ age group.

For questions, information, and registration, email camp@avalonfoundation.org or call 410-822-7299.

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