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We offer opportunities for involvement in theater both onstage and off. Explore improvisation, scene study, make-up, theater of the absurd, set construction, our main production,  Shakespeare, and more. Discover yourself performing at Noontime Shows and at the Arts Festival.

 

Choose Your Own Adventure

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Create an adventure story that will involve lots of quick decisions. At each crossroad, the audience chooses the next step for the characters. The ensemble acts out the results, even as the choices lead to stranger and stickier situations. If you love to think up wild plots and have a blast performing, this is the place to be. Our contagiously convoluted creation debuts on Festival Day. (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Sally Cambell

 

Showtunes

ages 8-11 (limit 12)

Let your voice be heard! In this class, we will learn classic and contemporary show tunes from Broadway and beyond that introduce young actors to singing in a group and using choreography to set a scene and tell a story. This troupe will experience the fun of connecting with each other on stage while making music. We will perform a combination of full and small group songs on festival day. (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Kevin Murphy

 

 

Social Protest Storytelling

ages 11-15 (limit 12)

How can we understand and discuss social and political questions through theater? Join this class if you want to act, write, direct, and say something new! Classic works of theatre and new mythologies like Disney, all shine light on problems in society. We will deconstruct these forms and create new works which reflect our own ideas. What would happen if we switched the genders of all the characters in Macbeth? How could a Disney princess story be rewritten to be about climate change? (Period 1)

Instructor(s):Natalie Tereshchenko

 

Fairy Tale Mystery Makeover

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Put a twist on a favorite tale and dive into the world of Fairy Tale Mystery Makeover. Get up on stage and create a fantastic world that blends classic fairy tale stories with your own imagination. (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Nellie Rogers

 

Production

ages 8-15 (limit 45)

The big musical is performed the evening before and the evening of Festival Day on our enchanting outdoor Festival Stage. Our productions feature fabulous costumes, sets, a staff pit orchestra and professional lighting/sound. Campers must commit to TWO PERIODS (2nd and 3rd) of rehearsal time. The last week of each session will include evening rehearsals. Auditions take place on the first two days of each session. For the audition, prepare a short poem or reading and a song (no sheet music necessary!). (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Maura Tighe, David Coleman, Melissa Davenport

 

This Is Not Art

ages 8-15 (limit 16)

Build, paint, and explore CRCAP as a team of non-artists.  In our four weeks we will install pieces around campus working to create the best non-art we can.  You dream it we’ll paint it.  You say it we’ll build it.  The possibilities are endless.  We will make space and time our canvas. Are you up for the challenge of exploring the boundaries of creativity? Join us! (Period 2)

Instructor(s):Mike Healey, Matt Okun

Beginning Improv

ages 8-11 (limit 12)

Do you like making stuff up? Do you want to make people laugh? Come develop you improve skills and learn how to create comedy out of thin air! We’ll start with the basics, so no experience is necessary! (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Nellie Rogers

 

 

Black Box Theater

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

A theatre class for younger actors trying to explore their skills and pick up a few new ones! We'll play different theatre and improv games to learn about projection, character physicality, working with others on stage, taking risks, and much more. We'll choose monologues or scenes to work on throughout the session which we'll present in a final performance on Festival Day! (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Natalie Tereshchenko

 

Mini-Musical

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

We will be creating our own original mini musical: our own story, songs and dances, completely from scratch. No previous experience is necessary, though a strong desire to be in a musical is definitely needed. After this class, you can tell all your friends you wrote and performed your very own musical. Our lyrical masterpiece will be performed at the Arts Festival. (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Ella Lanaido, Kevin Murphy

 

Parade

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Build floats, join a bicycle brigade, and be a featured attraction of the fabulous CRCAP Arts Festival Opening Ceremony. Parade blends arts, engineering, drama and collboration to create the amazing spectacle that kicks of Festival Day. Woodworking, paper mache, painting, and silliness come together in a weird world of activity. Join the Parade! (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Sally Campbell

 

Production

ages 11-15 (limit 45)

The big musical is performed the evening before and the evening of Festival Day on our enchanting outdoor Festival Stage. Our productions feature fabulous costumes, sets, a staff pit orchestra and professional lighting/sound. Campers must commit to TWO PERIODS (2nd and 3rd) of rehearsal time. The last week of each session will include evening rehearsals. Auditions take place on the first two days of each session. For the audition, prepare a short poem or reading and a song (no sheet music necessary!). (Period 3)

Instructor(s):Maura  Tighe, David Coleman, Melissa Davenport

 

 

Cabaret

ages 11-15 (limit 10)

Perform musical scenes in the style of a cabaret. You will play specific characters. You will sing solos and duets with harmony and counterpoint. You will perform songs from Broadway shows such as Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Last 5 Years, Wicked, Spring Awakening, etc. You will have a blast! Come prepared with a song to sing on the 1st day, preferably with sheet music (You can sing the same song for the Production audition). (Period 5)

Instructor(s):David Coleman

 

Theater of the Absurd

ages 8-15 (limit 18)

This class is for those crazy, zany, far-out types who are willing to take a giant step into the world of absurdity. Scenes are created by the ensemble and performed for the questionable welfare of the entire summer program. The only prerequisite is an eagerness and willingness to be ABSURD. (Period 5)

Instructor(s):Owen Scott, Natalie Tereshchenko

 

Acting Adventures

ages 8-11 (limit 12)

This introductory acting course will give you the bravery, the voice, the energy to fill the room with your savvy talent. All participants will tap into their inner "diva" and become fearless future superstars. Course will include monologues, scenes and throwing chairs. All powerful actors can throw a good chair. (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Maura  Tighe

 

Advanced Improv

ages 12-15 (limit 16)

Take your improv skills to the next level this summer with Advanced Improv. Building off skills learned in your previous improv training, we focus on using familiar concepts in new ways. We cover points of inspiration, open scene work, advanced short form games and even long form improvisation techniques. We’ll spend the session laughing, playing and finding the “game” in everything we do. Of course, we’ll share our impromptu ensemble-based comedy with the whole community on Festival Day! (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Owen Scott

 

Make-Up

ages 8-15 (limit 12)

Maybe you're not a zombie. Maybe you're not a fairy princess. Maybe you're not a pirate, monster, or Shakespearean actor… yet. Once you understand how to use the basic materials, you can be all these characters and more. We will delve into the world of stage makeup and touch upon a variety of styles. (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Rachel Patten

 

Rock Opera

ages 12-15 (limit 16)

If you love comedy and spoofing musicals, you will love Rock Opera. Celebrate the musical form by creating an original outrageously funny musical. The writing and rehearsal process is as fun as the final show. Think Rent. Think Hair. Think Wicked. Now think again. (Period 6)

Instructor(s):Nellie Rogers, Adam Rochelle, Mike Healey