Raven Theatre Sets Summer Camps

Raven Theatre Sets Summer Camps

For 2014, Raven Theatre will offer five summer camps providing training in theatre arts for kids age 5 and up, including a special high school intensive camp. Sessions are either one or two-weeks long, held Mondays-Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm, with optional half-day sessions (9 am -12 noon) available for children ages 5 -9 only. Students can choose a focus on either musical theater or general performance techniques. Sessions are tailored for different skill levels, so whether the student is a beginner looking to learn the basics of performance or a more advanced actor looking to hone their skills, Raven's team of professional teaching artists will help the student feel the confidence to contribute and the courage to try something new. Each session culminates in a showcase production for family and friends.

Program fees for one-week sessions are $175.00 for half-days and $300.00 for full-days; two-week sessions are $375.00 for half-days and $600.00 for full-days. Discounts are available for returning Raven Theatre participants and siblings. Information about scholarships is available upon request.

More information is available at www.raventheatre.com/classes-camps. To register or ask questions e-mail education@raventheatre.com or call 773-571-3038.

Complete Schedule of 2014 Raven Theatre Summer Camps

Session I: June 16-20
Hamelin Rats-The Musical (Ages 5-9)

A musical twist based on the German story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Rats are taking over the town of Hamelin, so when an eccentrically dressed stranger offers to drive them away, the Mayor offers him a heap of gold. However, when the rats have disappeared, so has the Mayor's promise, until the stranger reminds the town of his musical talent.

33 Swoons (High School Intensive)

Teaching artist Anthony Peeples will lead this high school intensive that will focus on three of Chekov's short farces: The Bear, The Anniversary, and The Proposal. With biting satire and fierce wit, the plays present these fascinating short comedic works from Chekov that poke fun at human foolishness and greed. Set in Russia, the plays will feature vaudeville style singing, dancing, magic, and music.

Session II: June 23-27
In the Lap of Gods (Ages 5-8)

A group of children are shipwrecked on an island, and all they can find is a strange chest with an odd collection of contents. The items inside help the children tell their own musical versions of ancient Greek myths - including the stories of Icarus, Pandora, Midas, and Arachne - to keep up their spirits through the night until they are rescued the next day.

Beware the Jabberwock (Ages 9-13)

Inspired by the nonsense poem "The Jabberwocky" from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, Beware the Jabberwock tells the story of Emma and Lucy who are lost in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the awesome Jabberwock - and suddenly Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwock's terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what "frumious" really means.

Session III: July 7-18
Aesop's Fables-The Musical (Ages 5-8)

A group of mice are delighted by the idea of capturing the local cat - until it comes to actually executing their plan. Meanwhile, a lion falls in love, a boy ruins his chance of promotion in the shepherding business, and a fox tries to make the most of a fashion disaster. This musical romp incorporating some of Aesop's most famous fables is a blast for all involved, and we learn some important morals along the way!

The Bard, a Shakespeare adaptation by Anthony Peeples (AGES 9-13)

Teaching Artist Anthony Peeples has combined three of Shakespeare's most famous works (Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream) into an exciting cabaret-style variety show dedicated to the bard. This exciting and challenging show will include music, dance, and even some puppetry!

Session IV: August 11-15
Charlotte's Web (Ages 5-9)

A pig named Wilbur is scared of the end of the season because he knows that he will soon end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. This classic tale by E. B. White is as fun as it is heartwarming!

Session V: August 18-22
Scary Miss Muffet (Ages 5-9)

A fun twist on classic children's rhymes, this play weaves together the tales of Jack and Jill and Little Miss Muffet. Jill Muffet wants to sit on her tuffet, have her brother Jack at her beck and call, and be appreciated by all around her, but the flowers in her garden don't find her so appealing.

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