This summer, even though under construction, DreamWrights is holding another robust and active lineup of summer camps. In addition to the returning week-long camp favorites like Hip Hop, Poetry, and Advanced Theatre Workshops, DreamWrights offers some fresh alternatives such as a Shakespearean Bootcamp, a Devised Theatre Camp, and a camp full of Improv and Theatre Games. The Center for Community Arts continues to offer its most popular camps which include Broadway Week, Ballroom Dancing, and two Disney musical productions: Seussical and The Lion King. For the younger crowd, try one of two mini musical half day camps. And for those who just can’t get enough of art, register today for one of the Intensive Art camps or try making your own short film in the Digital Photography Camp.
Executive Director Ann Davis believes much of the success of the DreamWrights camps is due to the excellent student/teaching artist ratio, the support of strong teen counselors, and the individualized attention each camper receives. “DreamWrights limits its enrollment for the Disney camps and for all of our camps to ensure lots of hands-on participation and exploration for all participants. This is what keeps many of our campers coming back.”
Nine year old, Allison Herrin is returning to camp at DreamWrights. Her mom, Jamie says that she’s tried camps at other theatres, but likes DreamWrights the best. “I love that DreamWrights has smaller camp sizes. We tried a different theater camp two summers ago, and I felt like the camp had way too many children. My child didn’t learn much from the camp, and I didn’t feel like I had gotten my money’s worth. The camp seemed more like babysitting than anything else. I love how DreamWrights actually does a production with scripts, costumes, and scenery. The participants actually learn about staging, expression, movement, acting, and all the parts that make up performing on stage. Even though she didn’t have a major part, my child came home the first day excited to learn her part and started memorizing the songs right away. Each day she couldn’t wait to go back and was really sad when it ended.”
Six year old, Kellen Smith is also registered to attend a Disney camp again this year. His mother, Alison says, “We had a great experience in the summer camp last year. He loved the Aladdin performance and enjoyed all the DreamWrights staff. Come July when he turns seven, he is hoping to audition, so we thought classes would be a good way to prepare.” Davis says that many aspiring young thespians take this approach. “Since we limit the minimum age for auditions to seven, we find that many kids who want to get started in theatre earlier really enjoy and thrive at our summer camps,” says Davis. “Many look forward to the first show for which they can audition, and they attribute their success to the experiences they had at summer camp.” Not only that but they also learn the ropes at DreamWrights, becoming part of the family and putting them at ease when audition time rolls around.
DreamWrights’ summer camps are offered in full and half day options. They kick off the week of June 19 and run for eight weeks. For a full summer camp schedule or to register, please contact DreamWrights at 717-848-8623 or online.