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Summer Camps 2021

REGISTRATION BEGINS SATURDAY, MARCH 6 AT 8:00 A.M.​

The current health crisis is changing the way we educate and the way we experience the arts.  Sunset Playhouse is ready to offer a redesigned summer adventure at our theater.  

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts will take all necessary measures to ensure the highest level of safety we can provide for all students and staff. In-person class safety measures will include (but are not limited to):

·         All in-person classes will have a maximum enrollment of twelve students.

·         Students and staff will be required to wear proper face masks at all times.

·         Students will only have exposure to their assigned class and instructor(s).

·         Parents or other caregivers will not be allowed in the building.

·         Classes will be held in our large rehearsal hall and Studio Theater.

·         Classroom spaces will be cleaned and disinfected in between sessions and nightly.

·         Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom and all public spaces.

·         Frequent hand washing will be implemented.

·         Students will be provided individual supplies for each class. Student groups will not be intermingled.

·         Weather permitting, we may conduct classes outdoors. 

·         Final presentations will be shared on the final day of camp during the last minutes of the scheduled camp time (exact time to be determined based on the showcase length).  Each student will have the ability to invite a pre-determined number of people to the showcase (approximately 2 – 4 people).  This number will be determined based on current regulations at the time of the showcase.

·         If a student starts to feel ill during class, they will immediately be separated from group and parents called for pick-up.

·         In the event that we do not feel it is safe to carry out in-person classes, we reserve the right to cancel or move them to a virtual platform.

·         Additional guidelines may be added, or some removed, as the situation evolves.

Camps for Students Ages 4 – 5 year old

4 – 5 year old

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

Grab your packs and your binoculars.  Meet lions, giraffes, monkeys, and more as we go on a Safari Adventure!   Each class is a new adventure for students as we have fun with dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, theater games, visual arts, music, and movement.  Students will take an audience on a safari adventure during their showcase on the last day of class.

4 – 5 yr olds

9:00am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

Reading a story is magical; taking it to the next step is a ton of fun!  Each day is a new adventure for students as they explore classic children’s books.  Students will have fun with dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, theater games, singing, music, and movement.  Think of it as a little bit of acting, a little bit of singing, a little bit of dancing, and a whole lot of fun.  Students will showcase their work on the final day of class for family and friends.

Camps for Students Entering Grades 1 – 3

Entering Grades 1 – 3

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

Each day is a new adventure as students take a trip of a lifetime. Go anywhere in the world, and to any point in time.  We’ll use the power of your imagination to take an amazing journey, developing your vocal, physical and ensemble skills along the way.  Students will use movement, acting, story-telling, and arts and crafts to travel anywhere their imaginations will take them.  On the final day, family and friends are invited to attend a live travelogue.

Entering Grades 1 – 3

9:00 am – 12:00 pm                                        

$140/student

Shrek!, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Tarzan . . . the list goes on and on.  Disney is magical and so is this theater class.  Students will work with their favorite Disney productions to explore all aspects of theater including acting, movement, scene design, and costume design.  Each day we’ll go on a grand adventure using Disney classics as a springboard and expand our ability to tell a story using the tools of every actor: our voice, body, and imagination.  On the final day of the camp, students will perform a Disney-inspired mini-production.

Entering Grades 1 – 3

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$140/student

Bring art to life!  Students will use famous paintings by artists like Seurat, Picasso, and Monet as the basis for imaginative play.  Each day we will study a new painting and bring it to life with storytelling, pantomime, music, movement, and our own art projects.  This week will be filled with acting, dancing, creative movement and visual arts. A great imagination is required for this exciting camp! On the final day, family and friends are invited to a live gallery showing.

Entering Grades 1 – 3

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

Combining the art of mask making, telling a story through pantomime, and creative movement to music, students will showcase their ability to play a character in a story. This session will be filled with acting, dancing, creative movement and visual arts. A great imagination is required for this exciting class! On the final day students will showcase their work for family and friends.

Entering Grades 1 – 3

9:00am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

Reading a story is magical; taking it to the next step is a ton of fun!  Each day is a new adventure for students as they explore classic children’s books.  Students will have fun with dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, theater games, singing, music, and movement.  Think of it as a little bit of acting, a little bit of singing, a little bit of dancing, and a whole lot of fun.  Students will showcase their work on the final day of class for family and friends.

Entering Grades 1 – 3

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

The ringmaster is calling all tightrope walkers, fortune tellers, balloon animal creators and juggling clowns to step right up and use acting skills, character exploration, and artistic creations to put together the greatest show on earth.  Students will have fun with dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, theater games, singing, music, and movement.  Think of it as a little bit of acting, a little bit of singing, a little bit of dancing, and a whole lot of fun.  Students will present a three-ring circus on the last day of class.

Camps for Students Entering Grades 4 – 6

Entering grades 4 – 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

You’re a poet and you didn’t even know it. Bring to life great poems by Shel Silverstein, Jon Scieszka, and Roald Dahl (to name a few). This foundation class is the perfect introduction to the world of theater. Students will use theater games and exercises to explore the basics of acting while learning ensemble-building skills and gaining self-confidence.  Students will then apply these skills to perform a showcase on the last day of class. 

Entering Grades 4 – 6

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

Students will work on a fun, melodramatic, 15-minute version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!  Using movement, acting, story-telling, common language and arts and crafts, students will bring to life this delightfully funny rendition of Shakespeare’s full-length play.  On the final day of this camp, students will perform their play for family and friends. So let us “meet me in the palace wood by moonlight. There will we rehearse. There may we rehearse most obscenely and courageously! Take pains. Be perfect! Adieu!”

Entering Grades 4 – 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

Each day is a new adventure as students take a trip of a lifetime. Go anywhere in the world, and to any point in time.  We’ll use the power of your imagination to take an amazing journey, developing your vocal, physical and ensemble skills along the way.  Students will use movement, acting, story-telling, and arts and crafts to travel anywhere their imaginations will take them.  On the final day, family and friends are invited to attend a live travelogue.

Entering Grades 4 – 6

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

The creative mind is a divine force!  Let’s combine imagination, creativity, writing, and performing into a week of camp!  This class is designed to ignite the playwrights and actors in us all.  You’ll learn how to create a believable character and how to build a scene. Using theater games, improvisation activities, and writing lessons, students will compose and produce their own original works.  Students will also explore the important technical aspects of theater: costumes, set, and props.  Family can join us on the last day of class to see this world premiere production.

Entering Grades 4 – 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$140/student

This class introduces vocal technique, movement, and acting skills through some of Broadway’s most popular musicals. Working on material from the Great White Way will build the confidence and skill of young performers. Students will put their singing, dancing, and acting skills together to present a Broadway performance for family and friends on the last day of class. Explore the magic of musical theater! (please note the ability to sing together may change based on COVID19 restrictions)

Camps for Students Entering Grades 7 – 10

Entering Grades 7 – 10

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

This fun format introduces students to warm-ups, stage direction, theater etiquette, character analysis, scene work, and more while learning ensemble-building skills and gaining self-confidence. Discover how to use your body and voice to create a convincing character, improve your ability to communicate emotions on stage, and work together to tell a story. Students will work as an ensemble to perform a scene from a play on the final day of class. 

Entering Grades 7 – 10

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

The creative mind is a divine force!  Let’s combine imagination, creativity, writing, and performing into a week of camp!  This class is designed to ignite the playwrights and actors in us all.  You’ll learn how to create a believable character and how to build a scene. Using theater games, improvisation activities, and writing lessons, students will compose and produce their own original works.  Students will also explore the important technical aspects of theater: costumes, set, and props.  Family can join us on the last day of class to see this world premiere production.

Entering Grades 7 – 10

1:00 – 4:00 pm

$140/student

This class introduces vocal technique, movement, and acting skills through some of Broadway’s most popular musicals. Working on material from the Great White Way will build the confidence and skill of young performers. Students will put their singing, dancing, and acting skills together to present a Broadway performance for family and friends on the last day of class. Explore the magic of musical theater! (please note the ability to sing together may change based on COVID19 restrictions)

Production Camps for Students Entering Grades 4 – 6

Entering Grades 4 – 6

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-Th)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm (F)

$275/student

This short play weaves five of Aesop’s most famous fables into a show that’s fun, fast-paced, and full of surprises.  Campers will learn about auditioning and then audition for our play (everyone is cast). Next, participants will hone their acting and ensemble skills and have a lot of fun rehearsing the production. Students will also have the opportunity to design and build costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, campers will perform Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables written by Kim Esop-Wylie for family and friends on Friday at 5:30 pm.

Entering Grades 4 – 6

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-Th)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm (F)

$275/student

A bookish lion, bored with circus life, refuses to renew his contract. His packing is interrupted by children who offer to help him rehearse his secret ambitions. Using his boxes for sets, the children set the stage for the lion’s dreams.  Campers will learn about auditioning and then audition for our play (everyone is cast). Next, participants will hone their acting and ensemble skills and have a lot of fun rehearsing the production. Students will also have the opportunity to design and build costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, campers will perform The Lion Who Wouldn’t written by Gifford W. Wingate and Allan J. Friedman for family and friends on Friday at 5:30 pm.

Production Camps for Students Entering Grades 7 – 10

Entering Grades 7 – 10

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-Th)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm (F)

$275/student

A century’s worth of sibling squabbles is boiled down into ten vignettes in this era-hopping tribute to family. Each short play explores a distinct facet of brother and sisterhood.  Campers will learn about auditioning and then audition for our play (everyone is cast). Next, participants will hone their acting and ensemble skills and have a lot of fun rehearsing the production. Students will also have the opportunity to design and build costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, campers will perform Mutually Assured Destruction 10 Plays About Brothers and Sisters by Don Zolidis for family and friends on Friday at 5:30 pm.

Entering Grades 7 – 10

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-Th)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm (F)

$275/student

Two narrators (and their team of actors) attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable. Campers will learn about auditioning and then audition for our play (everyone is cast). Next, participants will hone their acting and ensemble skills and have a lot of fun rehearsing the production. Students will also have the opportunity to design and build costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, campers will perform The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis for family and friends on Friday at 5:30 pm.

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy:  Full refund of the course tuition and processing fee will be made if Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts cancels a scheduled class for any reason.  If a student cancels out of a camp 7 days before the first day (one week before on Monday), a full refund of the course tuition will be made (minus the $5 processing fee to cover administration costs).  No refunds or tuition credits are given starting on the Tuesday (6 days) before the first day of camp.