The Open Community Theatre is an annual four week theatre camp for kids in fifth grade and older, or ten years and up! We are dedicated to providing a fun theatre experience for the kids in the company and audiences, through a focus on theatre education. Every summer we hold a two-week improv camp, a week-long Shakespeare camp, a four week morning choreography camp, a four week technical theatre camp, a production prep camp and a four week afternoon musical theatre camp - WOW!
Most importantly, we have fun – a key component of providing quality theatrical experiences. Much of the work we do is on display on stage at our end of camp performances. One of our goals is for the audience to enjoy watching as much as we, and our camp team, enjoy creating it. Gaby DesVaux-Saxton and our camp counselors bring over twenty years of theatre education experience as well as a philosophy of learning that involves hands on application and practical production experience. We also believe in the philosophy of an open education which allows students to learn at their own pace, make personal choices in their learning, and collaborate with others on projects and activities. This student-centered approach is an integral part of our theatre camp.
$350 for full time attendance
$225 for part time attendance
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What Do You Get for Your Money?
What does your camper really receive from this four week camp experience and what does your money really buy? Your camper receives: A counselor to student ratio of 1 to 8, 2 snacks daily, a production shirt, a script, 2 free tickets to the final performance, CDs of music or online MP3 access, the experience of being part of a community of performers, fully protected with camp insurance, learn and develop audition skills: how to introduce yourself, how to behave professionally, what types of songs or monologues to choose, learn and develop ensemble skills, rehearsals with a theatre director with over 10 years of educational theatre experience and over 20 productions in school settings and within the community, musical rehearsals with a music director experienced in directing over 15 musical productions, two weeks of Improv classes, lessons on the fundamentals of communication, 15 hours of specialized Shakespeare classes and rehearsals, 4 weeks of practical technical theatre, choreography or production prep experience, lessons on over 20 different types of warm ups and Improv games that can be used in any theatrical environment, backstage tour field trips, exclusive to our camp alone and a matinee performance of a Hale Center Theatre production, a video of the show performance, electronic sharing of photos taken over the whole camp by our historian, access to 3X a week photo updates on our website, a full set to perform on, production lighting, costumes, props, a full program, and full microphone supported sound, an exclusive camaraderie experience where campers are seen, and treated, as equal partners in our camp and the production - which allows them to develop leadership skills, an open, creative, and welcoming environment where campers can contribute without being criticized or judged, a place where we are ALL friends, and most importantly, have a million laughs. Hopefully, your camper will also have memories that will last a lifetime.