Day Camps! – Summer 2017

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June 12 through June 16 – Playwrights

June 26 through June 30 – Star Wars

July 24 through July 28 – “Sing”

August 7 through August 11 – “Hamilton”

Ignite the Dream • Fuel the Drive • Live the Music

IMG_1324STAFF that is artistic, dynamic, and energetic
CURRICULUM that inspires creativity and collaboration.
METHOD that captures childhood creativity and imagination.

Watch your kids blossom as they immerse themselves in music, make friends, grow their confidence, and express their creativity.

All Camps
Mon to Fri, 9 am – 4 pm
Optional Extended Care available from 8 am – 9am & 4pm – 5 pm Mon to Fri.
Ages 6-11
$350 for 5 days of camp
$50 for Extended Care

Need based financial scholarships are available

Teamed by age and led by our dynamic staff, campers dive into music, art, and on stage play. Each week, campers collaborate, leveraging their individual strengths to develop a final performance. Through this work, they convey ideas and emotions and build awareness of nuance, complexity, structure, emphasis and theme in musical expression.

Playwrights –
June 12 through June 16

Campers will work together to develop their own skit and then create everything needed for the show, from props to costumes. At the end of camp, they will present a full-costumed performance!

Elsas on stage!Campers are encouraged to be creative, work as a team and take responsibility for the outcome of their efforts. The day will start with a circle where the kids get to know one another. The camp staff introduces the framework for the skit and then the kids give input on what they would like to include to fit the theme.

The director, Carl Brush, and the music director, Anna Orias, find songs to be the recurring theme in the skit. The kids are then assigned lines and actions to fit the plot.

Campers give their input on the costumes and how they can be created out of the supplies on-hand. They can also add their own ideas and develop them through problem-solving methods that are fun and creative.1069129_10154450139145627_605668125206196364_n

This format allows for kids to set their own pace and work in both small and large teams. It is amazing to see how kids group together in different ways to produce the final show–little kids work with big kids, all supporting each other! New friendships form and kids learn how to troubleshoot and manage their emotions through the creative process. Kids, counselors and teachers go through the creative process; which is simultaneously challenging, exciting, slow and fast; to come up with the exhilarating final show.

10556233_10154403878605627_2187374577290369642_nThese camps are great fun; both parents and kids often say they are “impressed” and that it is “their favorite camp”.

When kids are given the opportunity to be taken seriously with their art, they go through the growth process which leaves them feeling stronger and more confident. When we spend the day on a huge to-do list, the kids often go home and say they spent the entire day having “free time” at camp.

This is because the ability to choose their own projects and pace gives them a sense of freedom with their schedules and their outcomes. Some kids work on every project and become 100% involved in the camp process while others pace themselves, observe and take it more slowly.

These different approaches are all part of the creative process and team collaboration that is necessary to create great art, which is our goal for these mini camps!

STAR WARS and the music of John Williams
June 26 through June 30

John Williams STAR WARS“One of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age, John Williams is the winner of five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys, three Golden Globes, two Emmys and five BAFTA Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Best known for his film scores and ceremonial music, Williams is also a noted composer of concert works and a renowned conductor.

Williams’ scores for such films as “Jaws”, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”, “Schindler’s List”, as well as the “Indiana Jones” series, have won him multiple awards and produced best-selling recordings, and his scores for the original “Star Wars” trilogy transformed the landscape of Hollywood film music and became icons of American culture.” ~ from the John Williams website (johnwilliams.org)

In this camp, campers will study and enjoy the music of John Williams. We will focus on the music from the Star Wars movies. We will learn about how movie composers use different themes for characters and settings in the music. We will also stage a final performance where we perform some of his music in creative ways and in star wars character costumes.

“Sing”
July 24 through July 28

This camp will be loosely based on the popular Illuminations movie “Sing”. Kids will put together an original production featuring a singing competition with a storyline that they help to write that will include both excellent and horrible auditions as well as an awesome final “show”.

“Hamilton”
August 7 through August 11

The Broadway Musical Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is fantastically popular. In this camp we will sing and stage a few (2-5) of the songs from the musical. Students will choose their own characters and help with costumes, sets and props.