Summer Arts Day Camp (July 6 – August 7, 2015)

Any questions please call (973) 347-4946 or e-mail Lori Lawrence, Director of Educational Programming at eddir@growingstage.com

The Growing Stage Summer Arts Day Camp is a program designed for children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall of 2015 through students who have completed eighth grade in June of 2015. This program is one of exposure and participation in the performing arts, wherein children are encouraged to work together in a creative endeavor toward a common goal.

Education_SummerDayCamp_Photo01The theater arts offer a channel for a child’s natural gifts of imagination and role playing. Through theater arts, children sharpen their creativity, improve their communication skills, gain self-confidence, and learn the importance of teamwork. Above all, children enjoy becoming a part of the magic that they create on the stage.

Our program is designed to offer children an introduction to many aspects of theater arts through creative games, music, dance, art, and theater. More experienced children are additionally challenged through these same elements of the performing arts. Each of our five sessions has a specific theme and concludes with a 7:00 p.m. Friday evening performance for friends and family.

Again this summer, our program includes stage movement, dance, music, art, creative games, theater techniques, and writing. Each session has its own theme, and children are encouraged to contribute to the creation of the skits, choreography, sets, props, and design of our culminating activity – our performance for friends and families on the evening of the last day of each camp session. It is an exciting, week-long process of cooperation, creativity, discovery, practice and performance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur camp is under the direction of Laura Petrie, who has been an active member of our creative staff since our inception. Currently a teacher of Upper School English at Hilltop Country Day School, Laura has over thirty years of teaching experience which includes extensive work in theater arts, creative writing, and music. Our staff consists of carefully selected, trained professionals in the fields of theater, dance, music, and/or education. Our counselors are high school and college students who are interested in pursuing careers in education, theater, or the fine arts.

A Typical Day At Camp
9:00: Arrival – Greet new friends and counselors in theater.
9:05: Large group activities to warm-up the actor’s tools: voice, body, and imagination.
9:30: Small group class section #1 begins. Children move with a counselor to the first assigned classroom station for lessons in music, dance, drama, or stage crafts.
10:15: Small group session #2
11:00: Small group session #3
11:45: Lunch break. Children bring a bag lunch to camp each day. During this half hour, students congregate in the theater to relax, socialize, and eat their lunches.
12:15: “Cool down” games to refocus our energies toward our creative tasks.
12:30: Small group session #4
1:15: Rehearsal for our Camp Show!  Camp show takes place 7pm Friday evening. Admission is free.
Dismissal promptly at 2:00 PM

We maintain a 8 to 1 ratio of campers to counselors. Class sizes are limited to preserve this ratio.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASession groups are determined by children’s age/grade in school. Activities are tailored to the children’s ages.

Please Note: All children will be provided with a journal or scrapbook, which they will add to daily as a learning log and memento of their week at camp.

Each camper is given a Camp 2015 T-shirt.

Your registration fee is the only cost – there are no additional fees connected with the camp.

Cost: $250 for the 1st week and $225 for additional weeks or additional children from the same family.

Refund Policy: Any cancellations prior to June 1, 2015 will be refunded in full. All cancellations received after May 31, 2015 are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. Cancellations received between June 1 and June 30, 2015 will be refunded only if a replacement is found. Cancellations received after June 30, 2015 are non refundable.