Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Announces CHAN DT MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP, Summer 2013


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' renowned summer theatre camp program, CHAN DT MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP, returns this summer with exciting new themes for youths and teens. Since 1994, nearly 11,500 kids and teens have learned about the magic of musical theatre as only Chanhassen can do it. CHAN DT MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP is an educational camp program that's also terrific summertime fun. Kids and teens, ages eight to eighteen, are given opportunities to explore a wide spectrum of musical theatre components including voice, movement, costumes, scenery, stage combat, improv and more -- all taught by professional members of the Chanhassen Acting Company, designers and choreographers making the CDT student theatre experience stand out above other offered theatre camp programs.

In general, week-long, half-day sessions are offered for youth and teen groupings. The YOUTH camp theme this year is, "George Gershwin." Musicals included in YOUTH camps are: Crazy for You, Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, Oh, Kay!, Porgy and Bess, Funny Face, and more. The TEEN camp theme is, "Bock/Harnick." Musicals included in TEEN camps are: Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello!, A Wonderful Life and more.

MORNING YOUTH sessions (age 8 - 12) are available the weeks of: July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29. AFTERNOON YOUTH sessions are available the weeks of July 9 and July 16.

AFTERNOON TEEN sessions (age 13 - 18) are offered afternoons the weeks of July 15, July 22, and July 29. (There are no MORNING TEEN sessions.)

New this year! For the first time, CDT will offer LITTLE KIDS CAMP - mini-camp sessions with an emphasis on performance and musical theatre geared specifically toward kids aged 5-7. Sessions are offered mornings or afternoons the week of August 5 - 9.

CHAN DT MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP's Executive Director is Michelle Barber. Ms. Barber has appeared in dozens of Chanhassen shows and on other Twin Cities' stages. Each day, students work with a professional instructor, learn basics and practice skills in a variety of fun and entertaining exercises and projects. Says Barber, "Students discover and polish their talents, and learn to love and appreciate theatre and enjoy it from an insider's perspective. The week culminates in a presentation by the students for their family members. This isn't a production but instead, an exhibition of what we've worked on during the week. We've been doing this long enough to know what kids like - what engages them, and what works best so we can squeeze as much content into the camp experience as possible. And, we welcome kids with all levels of experience. We want your kids and grandkids to walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Returning by popular demand for the sixth year, is a special week-long, full-day, in-depth TEEN INTENSIVE(ages 13-18) camp session for the week of June 24. Auditions for admission to TEEN INTENSIVE camp will be Sunday, May 5 from 1-4pm. Returning campers must bring in new audition material from what they've used in past years. A specific audition appointment is required. See the website for specific instructions at, or call the CDT Box Office at 952-934-1525 to schedule an audition time.

Back again for the third year is the very popular "BUILD-A-MUSICAL" FULL-DAY session is specially designed for students aged 10-15. The emphasis during this one special camp week (week of June 17) is to put a musical together from the bottom up. No auditions are required. However, enrollment is limited.

The cost for half-day, week-long camps is $225. The special full-day "BUILD-A-MUSICAL" camp week, and all-day TEEN INTENSIVE sessions are $450. The brand-new LITTLE KIDS CAMP sessions for kids aged 5-7 are $125. No aftercare programs provided. Enrollment is limited.

All campers who register by April 1st receive an Early Bird Registration Bonus of two show-only (2) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tickets. Any camp registrations after April 1st include ONE (1) complimentary show-only ticket to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

CHAN DT SUMMER THEATRE CAMP sessions fill quickly. Registrations are easily made online beginning Friday, Feb 8. For more information or to register, go to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' website at, or call the box office at 952-934-1525.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, now celebrating 45 years, is the nation's largest professional dinner theatre company. It is also Minnesota's only year-round, fully-professional producing theatre company. With scenic and costume shops on site, all design elements are created and executed by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' resident artistic design and technical staff. The artistic program is led by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' President and Artistic Director, Michael Brindisi. Brindisi works with co-owners Tamara Kangas-Erickson, VP and Choreographer, and Steven L. Peters, to manage Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is committed to delighting its audiences and creating lifelong memories with a high-quality end-to-end theatre, dining, and service experience.

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