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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.  In 2018 we will also offer a high school drama camp!


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Drama Camp 2018

Over the years, many wonderful people have helped with Drama Camp, in a myriad of ways. There is a whole lot of “magic” as enthusiastic, young actors audition, take workshops, rehearse and then perform a play for an audience – all in less than a week! 2018 Drama Camp needs volunteers to fill some important positions.  We need people who, not only love theatre, but love working with young people.  Whether you are interested in lighting, directing/teaching, costuming, prop or back stage, we have a place for you. No experience is necessary; we provide on-the-job training!



Drama Camp is held at the end of June each year and gives actors third grade through middle school the opportunity to audition, be cast in a play and perform that play at the end of the week. It is a whirlwind week that is a summer highlight for many! DRAMA CAMP REGISTRATION is by MAIL ONLY. Registration materials will be available in the Drop Box at the front of the theatre on April 15th at 7:00am. Parents should fill out the registration form and mail it ASAP; actors will be added to the roster on a first come-first serve basis.  Please be sure to keep the information sheet that is part of the registration packet. For additional assistance or TO VOLUNTEER, contact Nancy Ballantyne 249-1346.

Week One – June 17-22    Week two – June 24-29         High School – July 9-21



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.