Summer Stars Camp

Summer Camps June – August 2020

online registration begins March 7, 2020 8:00 am


Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts is committed to giving our students the opportunity to learn and create.  However, we want to make sure that our students, staff, volunteers, and patrons are safe. 

Every day brings new information which affects our decisions.  As of today, Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts has decided to continue to plan as if we are able to offer our summer classes and camps.  We are hopeful that we can all be together again soon.
Obviously, we can’t predict whether or not this is a final plan, all we can do is make plans based on current available information.

However, Sunset has decided to put a hold on our online registration until a final decision is made (no later than the state announced date of May 26th)

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all move through this unprecedented time in our lives and businesses.  Best wishes to you and your family.  We hope to see you all soon.

Keep singing, dancing, and creating!

Ages 4-5

June 22 – 26, 2020

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


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.  Each day will be a different destination as students use movement, acting, story-telling, and arts and crafts to travel to the moon, the rain forest, Hawaii, or anywhere their imagination will take them.  On the final day, family and friends are invited to attend a live travelogue.

Boys & Girls Entering Grades 7 – 10

June 22 – 26, 2020

Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm


The triple threat! Acting – Singing – Dancing. Put your musical theater skills to work as you learn, improve, and grow with a director/musical director and choreographer who will introduce you to essential dancing, singing, and acting skills. Each day students will work on integrating dialogue, songs, and dance into cohesive scenes, while learning how to use dance and music to develop strong characters and engaging scenes. Students will rehearse and perform Broadway scenes and songs/dances as an ensemble for family and friends on the final day of the camp.

Original Practices Shakespeare (Unrehearsed Shakespeare)

July 20 – 31

Mon – Thurs 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Performance Friday, July 31 at 7:00 PM (students arrive at 6:00 PM)

Age: Entering grade 10 +


minimum enrollment = 10

In Elizabethan England, actors did not rehearse plays in the modern sense. Without electric lighting, nighttime performances or rehearsals were out of the question. Mornings were spent practicing sword fights, dances, songs, processions, etc., and afternoons were reserved for performances, of course. Besides, as a partial owner in the company, it was in Shakespeare’s financial interest not to pay actors for rehearsals.

So, the theory goes: actors were given scrolls, shortly before the play debuted, which held only their lines and the last four syllables of each preceding line (i.e. the cue). Ultimately, they had only extensive study of their own scroll to find the grammatical clues hidden in Shakespeare’s language — along with wit and technique — to carry them through a show. Thus, the Scroll has become the icon most closely associated with Unrehearsed Shakespeare.

Based on research by Patrick Tucker, in his book, “The Secrets of Acting Shakespeare,” this is the environment that Unrehearsed Shakespeare seeks to recreate.

During this unique camp, students will learn a variety of Shakespearean acting strategies to present an “unrehearsed” Original Practices Shakespeare production for family and friends.  Session led by Christopher Elst.


Ages: Entering 1st – 8th grade

Camp 1 (Studio Theater Performance maximum of 25 students)

                 June 15 – 20, 2020

Camp 2 (Studio Theater Performance maximum of 25 students)

                 July 27 – August 1, 2020

Camp 3 (Furlan Auditorium Performance maximum of 45 students)

                 August 3 – 8, 2020

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday Performances at 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

All students must attend both performances


This classic children’s book comes to life at Sunset Playhouse with a folk music spin.  This delightful tale of the greatest optimist of all time…  Pollyanna is a true treasure.  It’s the story of how a little girl’s faith in her father’s promise — that you can find something good about anything that happens — guides her steadfastly through all circumstances in her life.  A variety of boys and girls characters help to bring this story to life.  Camp participants will learn about auditioning and then audition for our musical (everyone is cast.)  Next, participants will hone their acting, singing and dancing skills and have a lot of fun rehearsing the production.  Participants will also have the opportunity to design and build costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, we will perform our musical production of Pollyanna on Saturday for family and friends.

July 13 – 25, 2020

Ages: Entering grade 1 – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 10

Monday – Friday 9:00 – 3:15

Saturday, July 25 rehearsal at 9:00 performance at 10:30

Be a star this summer and come to our Summer Stars at Sunset Camp. Each class meets Monday through Friday for two weeks. Take one, two, three, or four classes to fill your summer days between 9:00 – 3:15.  There will be a performance on the morning of Saturday, July 21 showcasing each class and all students, followed by a camp BBQ potluck, so mark your calendars.  Min/max for each class is 6/15 – so register now! 

One Class                    $125                            Two Classes                 $250                           

Three Classes              $325                            All Four Classes           $400

 9:00 – 10:1510:30 – 11:4512:30 – 1:452:00 – 3:15
grade 1 – 3Once Upon A TimeDestination ImaginationMusical TheaterMake a Scene
grade 4 – 6Musical TheaterAction! Act!Make a SceneIncredible Improv
grade 7 – 10Comedy CampMake a SceneIncredible ImprovMusical Theater

Summer Camp Class Descriptions


Once Upon A Time

This class is designed to ignite the playwrights and actors in us all.  You’ll learn how to create a believable character, basic theater terminology, and how to build a scene. Students will create their own characters and then rehearse an original skit complete with dialogue, costumes, and props to perform for family and friends. 

Destination Imagination

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.  Each day will be a
different destination as students use movement, acting, story-telling, and arts
and crafts to travel.  Students will
present a live travelogue.

Musical Theater

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 for a Broadway showcase.  Explore the magic of musical theater!

Make a Scene

This energetic acting class introduces students to warm-ups, stage direction, theater etiquette, 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 and work together to tell a story. Students will work as an ensemble to perform a scene from a play. 

Action! Act!

Students will develop ideas for their own commercials, creating their own original product to sell. Using only the kids’ ideas, the instructor will put their work into a commercial script. Students will then perform their commercials live. 

Incredible Improv

Improv means creating unscripted stories, scenes, and characters in the moment and on the spot. It’s fun, challenging, and a great way to practice teamwork on the stage (and off). In this class you will learn the “rules” of improv, and you will practice the skills that make an improvised scene really click. This class is designed to build confidence and foster creative thinking through the art of improvisation.  Students will highlight their favorite improvisation games for the showcase.

Comedy Camp

Work out your comic timing and lose yourself laughing! This course will focus on both the performance and writing skills of sketch comedy. Students will use theater games, improvisation, and a variety of writing exercises to explore their role as comedic actor and writer. They will work with each other and the instructors to write and create original sketch comedies. Students will perform their original skits during the showcase.


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