Drama Camp LogoDrama Camp 2016 registration will be by mail2010

NO MORE LINES! REGISTRATION WILL BE BY US MAIL ONLY!

You may print the registration form online or pick one up, in the drop box at the front of the theatre. We will accept registrations, BY MAIL ONLY, post marked April 1 through April 30. You will receive confirmation from a member of Drama Camp staff when you are registered. THERE WILL NOT BE A REGISTRATION DAY ON APRIL 3O, 2016.  Additional information can be found on THIS page.

Each summer for the past twelve years we have given 65 – 70 young actors the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of auditioning, memorizing, rehearsing, collaboration and performing. Actors attend either Week One or Week Two and will be in one of two age-based groups. Elementary actors are those going into 3rd, 4th or 5th grades in the fall of next school year, middle school actors are those going into 6th, 7th or 8th grades in the fall.

We offer four camps over two weeks, 2 different camps for each age group.  This year the dates are:

Week 1 is June 19-24

Week 2 is June 26-July 1

New for 2016:

  • Registration by Mail, must be post marked in April
  • The first day (Sunday) will have a short meeting from 4-6PM to meet each other and cast the plays.
  • Monday through Thursday will begin at 9AM (end at 2:30)
  • Friday will begin at 1 and run through 2 performances (4 and 6PM)

 

Drama Camp 2 005It takes many people to make the Drama Camp experience successful for our young actors. We need you! Volunteers to help with:

  • Drama Camp registration
  • Actual Productions: stage manager and crew, lights and sound, costumes, props and sets. (Week One and/or Week Two)
  • Experienced people to direct our young actors in their productions. (Week One and/or Two)

If you have the energy, time and interest in Drama Camp, please contact Nancy at 249-1346.

 

History

In the 1990’s Magic Circle Players Theatre for Children began with collaboration with the Montrose Arts Council to bring Missoula Children’s Theatre to town. Missoula brought a whirlwind of theatrical experiences for children kindergarten through 12th grade. The week began with 171 local children auditioning for a production and continued with workshops, rehearsals and a performance at the end of the week. The wildly popular shows played to standing room only audiences.

With the need for more opportunities for children identified, in the summer of 1999, Magic Circle invited under graduate and graduate students from CU to conduct two week acting classes. Tricia Dickinson was instrumental is coordinating these classes and in 2001, we offered our first independent classes, the newsletter read, “ It’s a special two week summer theatre experience for students 9 -18 years old. It includes the creation of original playscripts through storytelling, movement and improvisation.” The summer of 2002, Cheryl Capshaw began a decade of valuable leadership in establishing Magic Circle Players, Theatre for Children, Drama Camp. The June 2002 newsletter reported’ “ Summer Youth Camps were a big success with over 30 kids participation in both sessions….the kids learned about auditioning, memorization, make up and stage direction while producing the play Delightfully Different. They also developed character and improvisation skills…We hope you all got to see the kids perform, it was a real treat.” Drama Camp is held each summer, in the last two weeks of June. To accommodate the growing interest and the number of actors registering, we now offer two classes each week, for a total of four classes over two weeks, this way we can offer 68 children the experience of live theatre. Nancy Ballantyne has capably guided this program for the past several years.