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Summer Stars Camp

Summer Camps 2022


Registration opens Saturday, March 5 @ 8:00 a.m.

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts offers a variety of summer camp opportunities 

for students age 4 – 5 and entering 1st – 10th grades.  

UPDATED MARCH 6, 2022

PLEASE NOTE:  Throughout the pandemic, our commitment has been to follow CDC guidelines based on COVID-19 community levels and adjust our policies as recommended. Based on the most recent guidance, Sunset Playhouse has determined masks will no longer be required to attend a performance, rehearsal or class at Sunset Playhouse.

 Per the CDC, if you are at high risk for severe illness you should talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to continue wearing a mask in public. Certainly, all patrons, volunteers and students are free to wear masks if they feel more comfortable doing so, and we will have them available if needed. 

 

 For our 1/2 day camps you can add on a 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm lunch & recess to your camp for $10/student (meal not provided)

(sometimes this can make your week a full day camp).

Camps for Students Ages 4 – 5 year old

June 13 – 17     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Fairies, Wizards, Trolls, Dragons, Magicians…what type of magical creature would you like to be?  Telling magical tales and exploring our unique imaginations are the keys to unlocking the merriment. Students will use play, visual arts, music, and movement to travel to enchanted lands and become magical characters. 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.  Showcase at 11:15 on Friday.

July 11 – 15     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Twist, jump, sing, and spin your way into creative acting. Discover a world of possibilities as you explore creative storytelling through movement. 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. An energetic and fun showcase will be presented to family and friends on the final day of camp. Showcase at 11:30 on Friday.

August 1 – 5     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Embark on a journey on the high seas! You will meet mermaids, pirates, and sea creatures as you sail on this grand voyage. 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 take family and friends on a sailing adventure on the final day of camp. Showcase at 11:30 on Friday.

Camps for Students Entering Grades 1 – 3

June 13 – 17    1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Imaginations will soar as students explore the wacky characters, fantastical scenery, and vibrant language of Dr. Seuss. Each day we’ll go on a grand adventure using the author’s books as a springboard, expanding our ability to tell a story using the tools of every actor–voice, body, and imagination.  Students will also explore the important technical aspects of theater–costumes, set, and props. All of this creativity will culminate in a Seuss-like showcase for family and friends. Showcase at 3:15 on Friday.

June 27 – July 1     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Monsters aren’t mean, they’re just misunderstood. Be a wild thing, solve the mystery of Bigfoot, or create your own monster in this not-so-scary class. Each class is a new adventure as we have fun with dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys, visual arts, music, and movement.  Students will present a monster-sized showcase for family and friends on the final day of class.  Showcase at 11:45 on Friday.

June 27 – July 1     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Join our team of detectives as we search for clues and discover the secrets behind acting and theater along the way. Sunset’s private eyes will track down villains, decode top secret messages, and uncover mysteries all around the theater.  All the while, students will learn how to transform into interesting characters, vocally and physically, while developing ensemble-building skills and self-confidence. Students will then apply these skills to showcase their own detective series.  Showcase at 3:45 on Friday.

July 11 – 15     9:00 – 12:00

$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!  Showcase at 11:30 on Friday. 

July 11 – 15     1:00 – 4:00 

$140/student

Disney is magical and so is this theater class.  Encanto, Coco, Mulan…..students will work with their favorite Disney productions to explore the world, including all aspects of theater–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–voice, body, and imagination.  On the final day of camp, students will perform a Disney-inspired mini-production.  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

July 25 – 29     9:00 – 12:00

$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!  Showcase at 11:45 on Friday.

July 25 – 29     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Develop skills in acting as we explore the creative world of John Scieszka’s award-winning books, such as The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man, and Squids will be Squids. Students will use theater games and exercises to explore the basics of acting while learning ensemble-building skills and gaining self-confidence. On the last day of class, students will perform a play for family and friends.  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

August 1 – 5     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

In each of us resides a superhero. It’s your turn to become that superhero!  Students will create alter-egos, design their own costume, and ultimately save the world…or put on a mini-play with other superheroes.  We will use theater games and exercises to explore the basics of acting while learning ensemble-building skills and gaining self-confidence.  Up, up, and away! Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

August 8 – 12     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Each day is a new adventure as students choose anywhere in the world and any point in time for the trip of a lifetime. We’ll use the power of your imagination to take an amazing journey, developing vocal, physical, and ensemble skills along the way. Students will use movement, acting, storytelling, 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.  Showcase at 11:30 on Friday.

Camps for Students Entering Grades 4 – 6

June 13 – 17     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

Students will exercise their creativity while expressing themselves through art and dramatic play. They will use common craft and recycled materials, as well as found objects, to create puppets based on characters from a picture book or from a story the class creates. Students will explore how to develop a puppet’s personality and then practice and perform a puppet show.  Showcase at 11:15 on Friday.

June 13 – 17     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Call 1-800-555-5555! Don’t miss this exciting deal! In this acting and writing class, students will create their own original product and develop ideas for selling it in their own commercials. Working in teams to write an original script, they’ll then perform it live!  Showcase at 3:15 on Friday.

July 11 – 15     1:00 – 4:00

$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!  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

August 1 – 5     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

There is a mystery to be solved!  Solve the puzzling circumstances of a crime by means of clues, investigation, and clever deduction. In exploring the genre of mystery theater, you will become the detective, the nosy neighbor, the villain, the maid, the butler, or the movie star as you work together to create your own whodunit. This course offers students the opportunity to develop characters and participate in creating and performing their own mystery theater piece.  Showcase at 11:30 on Friday.

August 1 – 5     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Bring the screen to life!  Students will invent an original video game, including characters of their own creation. Working as a team, they will create a gaming world in which their characters interact.  Using improvisation, character study, and story writing, students will invite family and friends to play their game (watch their live video game) on the final day of camp.  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

August 8 – 12     9:00 – 12:00

A jukebox musical uses previously-released popular songs as its score…ROCK OF AGES, JERSEY BOYS, MAMA MIA, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL…to name a few.  During this session, students will partner with the instructor to create their own jukebox musical scene. Working with a popular song, students will write a scene in which the song is included, sing the song, and learn choreography. They will present their original musical for family and friends during the final session.  Showcase at 11:30 on Friday.

August 8 – 12     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Students will work on a fun, melodramatic, 15-minute version of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT!  Using movement, acting, storytelling, common language, plus arts and crafts, students will bring to life this delightfully funny rendition of Shakespeare’s full-length play. On the final day, students will perform it for family and friends. Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

Camps for Students Entering Grades 7 – 10

June 13 – 17     9:00 – 12:00

$140/student

There are so many aspects to putting on a production. The technical aspects of theater include (but are not limited to) set design and construction, costume design, lighting design, and prop design and construction.  This hands-on class will introduce students to a variety of technical theater skills. The students will design, create, and build all technical aspects of our future summer camps, and will be able to share all that hard work. Showcase at 11:15 on Friday.

June 13 – 17     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

Ahoy Matey!  It’s a pirate’s life for you! Have you ever wondered how characters in plays fight without getting hurt?  Stage combat instruction teaches skills of collaboration, control, partnering, presentation, and evaluation. From pratfalls to faces slammed in doors, from a simple push to an intricate battle, students will learn safe techniques of physical comedy and drama along with character acting and storytelling. By the end of the week students will create an epic battle and perform it for family and friends. Shiver me timbers! Showcase at 3:15 on Friday.

July 25 – 29     1:00 – 4:00

$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!  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

August 8 – 12     1:00 – 4:00

$140/student

A jukebox musical uses previously-released popular songs as its score…ROCK OF AGES, JERSEY BOYS, MAMA MIA, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL…to name a few.  During this session students will partner with the instructor to create their own jukebox musical scene. Working with a popular song, students will write a scene in which the song is included, sing it, and learn choreography to go with it. They will present their original musical for family and friends during the final session.  Showcase at 3:30 on Friday.

Production Camps for Students Entering Grades 1 – 8

Hit the Road Jack: The Story of a Boy and a Beanstalk

June 20 – 24     9:00 – 4:00

$275/student

Performances Friday @ 2:30pm & 5:30 pm

This classic children’s fairy tale comes to life at Sunset Playhouse with a spin.  We learn of Jack and all of his friends as we re-tell his story in the 1960’s set to classic Motown hits!  A colorful cast of characters including the likes of the Giant family, the Harp and her Harpettes, and the Golden Goose to name a few, join us on our journey.  A variety of 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 assist with creating costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, we will perform our production of Hit the Road Jack: The Story of a Boy and a Beanstalk on Friday for family and friends.

Hit the Road Jack: The Story of a Boy and a Beanstalk

July 18 – 22     9:00 – 4:00

$275/student

Performances Friday @ 2:30pm & 5:30 pm

This classic children’s fairy tale comes to life at Sunset Playhouse with a spin.  We learn of Jack and all of his friends as we re-tell his story in the 1960’s set to classic Motown hits!  A colorful cast of characters including the likes of the Giant family, the Harp and her Harpettes, and the Golden Goose to name a few, join us on our journey.  A variety of 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 assist with creating costumes, props, and set pieces.  Finally, we will perform our production of Hit the Road Jack: The Story of a Boy and a Beanstalk on Friday for family and friends.

Production Camps for Students Entering Grades 4 – 6

June 27 – July 1    

M – Thurs 9:00 – 4:00

Fri 9:00 – 5:00 (performance at 5:00 pm)

$275/student

Students will audition and rehearse the play Once Upon a Crime the Trial of Goldilocks  by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.  Students will perform for family and friends on Friday at 5:00 pm.

Will justice be served in this hilarious fairy-tale courtroom play packed with characters we all know and love?  Goldilocks is the defendant, on trial for breaking and entering.  The plaintiffs are — you guessed it — the three bears.  As their lawyers Henny Penny and Tom Thumb go toe-to-toe hoping to prove their respective clients’ cases, other fairy tale characters are called to testify as witnesses.  But can any of these witnesses be trusted themselves?  Is Goldilocks guilty or innocent? 

 

July 25 – 29     

M – Thurs 9:00 – 4:00

Fri 9:00 – 5:00 (performance at 5:00 pm)

$275/student

Students will audition and rehearse the play The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza (Illiad! Illiad! Illiad!)  by Don Zolidis.  Students will perform for family and friends on Friday at 5:00 pm.

 

Complete with little green army men, a beauty pageant, and warring narrators, this is The Iliad as you’ve never seen it before. Two narrators have a blast recreating Homer’s quintessential epic myth at a rapid pace and in wildly varying styles, as it morphs seamlessly from a musical, a modern drama, and a bizarre one-man show. This side-splitting parody is both hysterical and historical — the perfect opportunity to laugh while you learn!

 

Production Camps for Students Entering Grades 7 – 10

June 27 – July 1     

Mon – Thurs 9:00 – 4:00

Fri 9:00 – 5:00 (performance at 5:00 p.m.)

$275/student

Students will audition and rehearse the play The Audition by Don Zolidis.  Students will perform for family and friends on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

A new theater teacher is bringing a production of A Chorus Line to the high school. Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, and from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight. A hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.

 

July 11 – 15     

Mon – Thurs 9:00 – 4:00

Fri 9:00 – 5:00 (performance at 5:00 p.m.)

$275/student

Students will audition and rehearse the play Check Please by Jonathan Rand.  Students will perform for family and friends on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse — until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

August 1 – 5     

Mon – Thurs 9:00 – 4:00

Fri 9:00 – 5:00 (performance at 5:00 pm)

$275/student

Students will audition and rehearse the play The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza by Don Zolidis.  Students will perform for family and friends on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Two battling narrators attempt to cover the entirety of Greek mythology using audience participation, cross-dressing, and general theatrical insanity. Creation myths such as Pandora’s Box and Cronos and the Titans jostle for space with other famous myths like Jason and the Argonauts (the original Super Friends). Culminating in a heart-pounding, five-minute, two-actor version of The Iliad, this fast-paced, free-wheeling play is wild, silly, and a complete blast for all ages. 

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.