CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP’S 2020 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Unlock your creative side this summer with the Children’s Theatre Workshop!
Day camps, musical theatre camps, and workshops available for ages 4-18!

Registration is OPEN! Payment plans and sibling discounts available!

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Day Camps for Ages 4-11

Day Camps For Ages 4-11

Campers will be split into age groups: 4-5 year olds, 6-7 year olds, 8-9 year olds, and 10-11 year olds. We’ll start the day as a whole group with announcements, song and dance, and some silliness. Then each age group visits various rooms within CTW for age-appropriate activities, lunch and snacks, and free time. We end the day with more whole-group activities, then dismissal!

Camp for ages 4-5 runs 9:00-1:00 pm and tuition is $100.
Camp for ages 6-11 runs 9:00-5:00 pm and tuition is $180.
Payment plans and sibling discounts are available!

CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

Grab Your Passport
June 1-5, 2020

We’ve got places to be! Join us as we play theatre games, practice improvisation, make crafts, and devise original short plays as we visit the far-flung places of the world!

Welcome to the Jungle
June 15-19, 2020

Hope you’re ready to explore the wild unknown! Join us as we play theatre games, practice improvisation, make crafts, sing, dance, and devise original short plays inspired by stories like The Jungle Book!

Knights and Royals
July 13-17, 2020

Grab your swords and crowns! Join us as we play theatre games, practice improvisation, make crafts, sing, dance, and devise original short plays featuring knights of the round table, quests, and fearless kings and queens!

Blast To The Past
August 3-7, 2020

Do you bop, or disco, or moonwalk? Theatre’s done it all! Join us as we play theatre games, practice improvisation, make crafts, sing, dance, and devise original short plays as we draw inspiration from plays from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and of course the radical 90’s!

Day Camps for Ages 11-13

Theatre Camps for Ages 11-13

Campers will practice acting, audition techniques, design, and improvisation, as well as preparing an informal performance of a short play! Descriptions of each short play are below:

13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate
June 8-12, 2020

The most dastardly crew on the high seas is horrified when Jaime starts to question the pirate’s life. Helping people? Putting a unicorn on their flag? Dabbling in Buddhism? What could be worse?! The pirates must set their shipmate straight before it’s too late, but the sea is full of distracting swordfights and manatees that look like mermaids. A goofy celebration of the arrrrt of being a pirate for crews of all sizes.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculation
July 20-24, 2020

Two narrators attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil’s Grandmother.

Day Camp for Ages 14-17

Theatre Camp for Ages 14-17

Campers will practice acting, audition techniques, design, and improvisation, as well as preparing an informal performance of a short play! Descriptions of the short play is below:

The Very UnMerry Adventures of Robin Hood
June 22-26, 2020

Sherwood Forest is in danger of being destroyed and it’s up to Robin and his band of dimwitted Merry Men to save the day. When the Sheriff challenges them to a contest to determine the forest’s rightful owner, their skills are put to the test. Unfortunately, archery is only the first round. Robin and his men will also have to win a talent show and a beauty pageant. Will this be the end of Sherwood? Most likely.

Improvisation Camps

Improvisation Camps

Improv all week! Join us to create complex characters in improv scenes, connecting with improv scene partners, and creating short stories in the moment. And of course…lots of improv games!

Improvisation Camp for Ages 10-13
July 6-10, 2020

Improvisation Camp for Ages 14-17
July 20-24, 2020

Choreography Workshop Series

Choreography Workshop Series

Learn the foundations of choreography–everything you’d need for a successful audition–as well as combinations for dances from popular musicals! For ages 10-17.

June 17-July 22, 2020
Wednesday evenings
6:00-8:00 pm

Dancers to not need to wear specific dance shoes to participate; however, they must wear jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or closed-toed sneakers.

Stage Makeup Workshop Series

Stage Makeup Workshop Series

Learn about types of stage makeup, application techniques, and design! We will cover a basic stage face, age makeup, fantasy, horror, and more! Ages 10-17.

July 8-August 5, 2020
Wednesday evenings
6:00-8:00 pm

Sewing and Costuming Workshop Series

Sewing and Costuming Workshop Series

Learn the foundations of hand sewing, machine sewing, fabric care, how to read a pattern, and make a simple piece of clothing on a machine! Ages 10-adults.

June 3-July 1, 2020
Wednesday evenings
6:00-8:00 pm

Teen Musical: Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Spend your summer honing your triple threat skills with our teen musical, Into The Woods! Our staff will prep students to present their audition, cast the show, and rehearse the musical for a weekend of public performances! For ages 13-18.

(Teen Musical Summer 2018, Disney’s The Little Mermaid)

Into the Woods Schedule
June 1-5, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Audition prep, auditions, casting, rehearsal

June 8-12, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Rehearsal, costume fittings

June 15-19, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Rehearsal

June 22-26, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Rehearsal, adding tech elements, off book

June 29-July 2, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Rehearsal, adding tech elements

No rehearsal July 3, 2020

July 5, 2020
12:00-6:00 pm
Tech Rehearsal

July 6-9, 2020
1:00-5:00 pm
Tech week, dress rehearsals

July 10, 2020
7:00 pm performance

July 11, 2020
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm performances

July 12, 2020
2:00 pm performance
Strike the set and costumes after the performance

Summer Musical: Dear Edwina, Jr

Dear Edwina, Jr

Spend your summer honing your triple threat skills with our summer-long musical theatre program, Dear Edwina, Jr! Our staff will prep students to present their audition, cast the show, and rehearse the musical for a weekend of public performances! For ages 10-17.

(Summer Musical 2018, James and the Giant Peach)

June 8-12, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon-Fri)
Audition prep and auditions. Cast list released no later than June 12.

June 15-19, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal, costume fittings

June 22-26, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal

June 29-July 3, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal

July 6-10, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues)
Rehearsal

July 13-17, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal, off book

July 20-24, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal, adding tech elements

July 27-31, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Mon/Tues/Thurs)
Rehearsal, adding tech elements

August 2, 2020
2:00-6:00 pm
Tech rehearsal

August 3-6, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm (Mon-Thurs)
Tech week, dress rehearsal

August 7, 2020
1:00 pm and 7:00 pm performances

August 8, 2020
1:00 pm and 7:00 pm performances
Strike set and costumes after performances

Summer Camp FAQ and Information

Camp Locations:
All camps are located in the Children’s Theatre Workshop space in the Collingwood Arts Center, located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd Toledo, OH 43620, unless otherwise specified. The CAC is a large brick building, with double glass doors you will use to enter the building. CTW is the section with the children’s theatre mural.

Drop Off Times:
For 9:00-5:00 pm camps: drop off is 8:45-9:00 am
For 9:00-1:00 pm camps: drop off is 8:45-9:00 am
For 1:00-5:00 pm camps: drop off is 12:45-1:00 pm
For 6:00-8:00/8:30 pm camps: drop off is 5:45-6:00 pm

DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD UNLESS THE RED FLAG IS OUT. The Collingwood Arts Center is open for its own business on its own schedule; unlocked doors do not mean a CTW staffer is present or prepared to supervise your child. Red CTW flag=we are here are ready to receive students.

Pick Up Times:
For 9:00-5:00 pm camps: pick up is 5:00-5:30 pm
For 9:00-1:00 pm camps: pick up is 1:00-1:30 pm
For 1:00-5:00 pm camps: pick up is 5:00-5:30 pm
For 6:00-8:00/8:30 pm camps: pick up is 8:00-8:30/8:30-9:00 pm

If you are late to pick up your child, we will first call the listed contact, then the emergency contact. We will not leave any student unattended. Repeated lateness to pick up a camper will result in a fine. 

Locked Door Policy
CTW will lock its doors 15 minutes after the program is scheduled to begin and will not unlock doors until shortly before the program is scheduled to conclude. Please contact the office if you need to be let in late, or need to pick up your child early.

Lunches
Every program 9:00-1:00 pm and 9:00-5:00 pm will involve a lunch break. Please pack a lunch for your child and send it to camp.

Snacks
Every program lasting longer than 3 hours will include a snack, provided by CTW. Options tend to be: cracker/goldfish, cookies, fresh fruit, or a gluten/dairy/dye free fruit snack. Families are welcome to send along snacks with their child as well.

Our Staff
Camp Directors are being added to their camps as they are hired. Each Camp Director holds a degree in theatre or education. Camp Teachers are assistant teachers to the Camp Directors and have a foundation in theatre or education and are continuing their training under the leadership of the Camp Director. All staff supervising children have been fingerprinted. There is always a staffer who is First Aid certified on the premises. Teen interns are also assisting in supervising campers, but are never solely responsible for any campers.

Payment
All camps can be paid in full.

Camps $100 and under can be split into two payments: 50% due at registration, 50% due about two weeks before the program begins.

Camps over $100 can be split into three payments: a deposit, then two payments splitting the balance. Payment #2 is due about six weeks before camp begins, and Payment #3 is due about 2 weeks before camp begins.

Please check when payments are due; they are automatically withdrawn. 

We can offer a full refund if you drop out of the camp BEFORE the day we start your registered camp. If you cancel after the camp begins, we will hold your registration fee as credit for a future program.

We have an Early Bird Discount in place until April 3, $10 off any program. A 10% sibling discount is also available and is automatically deducted when you enroll siblings together. Scholarships are available!

My Child Is Neurodiverse; What Can I Expect?
CTW is an inclusive program and we are excited to get to know your child and provide them with the best experience. The more information you give us in advance, the better! If we need to provide your child with their own one-on-one teacher, we are equipped to do so but must be informed in advance.

My Child Has Other Medical Needs Or Accommodations Needed, What Can I Expect?
Talk to us and let’s see what we can do! We are invested in making any reasonable accommodations so your child can participate.

How Intensive Are These Programs?
Summertime at CTW tends to be very relaxed compared to the school year. We try to walk the line between a focused and high-energy program, and not exhausting our campers. The exception to this is our musicals; these are intensive programs that involve high commitment and strong effort to present a polished performance at the conclusion of the program.

My Child Is Completely New To Theatre…Thoughts?
In our experience, at least 1/4 of each camp includes children who are new to theatre, or very early on in their theatre experiences. We hope your child doesn’t feel intimidated! We are excited to teach! In fact, because summertime is our most “chill” time in terms of intensity, we encourage families to check us out in the summer to see if theatre is a good fit for your child’s extracurricular schedule in the school year. The camps for ages 4-11 are the most relaxed of our programs; everything is informal and process-based, with a short sharing at the end. The Theatre Camps for ages 11-13 and 14-17 require use of a script and will involve a rehearsal process.

Can I Stay And Watch Camp?
No, parents need to drop off their child and let us run our programs. The only exception to this is the parents for 4-5 year olds may stay for the first hour of camp (we understand the littlest ones can get stressed!), and parents who have made prior arrangements to stay on site due to their child’s needs related to behavior/medical issues. We ABSOLUTELY invite you to come watch their sharing at the end!

What Can I Expect Camp To Be Like?

Day Camps for Ages 4-11: These are our most relaxed, summer camp-y camps. Campers are split according to age and are led by a teen intern to different stations for teen and staff-led theatre games, crafts, musical theatre, improv, and devising original short plays. They will spend a little time as a whole group, for group games and to practice a short dance to show to parents at the end of camp. There’s snack breaks, lunch breaks, and some down time. Staff tailor each activity to the age groups’ skills and interest. These camps are all 9:00 am-5:00 pm, except for 4-5 year olds who are picked up at 1:00 pm. We maintain a 1:10 teacher-student ratio for ages 4-5, and 1:12 for ages 6-11.

Theatre Camps for Ages 11-13, 14-17: These camps are centered around a 30-45 minute script. Campers will alternate between theatre camp activities, rehearsals for the short play, and snack/lunch breaks. Campers who love to perform are best suited for a camp like this, but no previous experience is needed to have a good time! We won’t expect full memorization of these short plays (it is still summer camp and we like to keep things chill). We maintain a 1:12 teacher-student ration for these camps; no more than 24 can enroll.

Workshop Series: We have a choreography, stage makeup, and sewing/costuming workshop series being offered this year. These are skill-based, hands-on, practical workshops that are meant to build experience and technique. No prior experience is needed, but we are keeping these classes small so we can tailor lessons to challenge everyone. These are all Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm. We provide all needed materials except dance shoes. We maintain a 1:10 teacher-student ratio for these workshop, because of limited supplies (like sewing machines) as well as commitment to individualized instruction.

Improvisation Camps: These camps center solely around improv–no scripts needed! It starts with foundations (which even the most skilled improv-er needs to keep revisiting) and builds from there to more complex improv games and drills, as well as building character on the spot and working closely with other people in an improv scene. One part “Who’s Line…”, one part character and acting studies. We’ve been using improv to teach theatre skills since our founding in 1954 and it’s still our favorite method! We maintain a 1:12 teacher-student ration for these camps; no more than 24 can enroll.

Summer Musical: As with all our programs, we have a classroom-to-stage model. We take students, teach them, rehearse and perform with them. Summer musicals are no different. This summer we’re producing Dear Edwina, Jr, for any interested Musical Theatre camper. It meets in the evening, from early June through August performances. Staff spend time workshopping acting, singing, and choreography skills with the students before casting. We only accept as many students as we have opportunities to feature them in the show; no more than 30.

Teen Musical: As with all our programs, we have a classroom-to-stage model. We take students, teach them, rehearse and perform with them. The Teen Musical is best suited for those who want the challenge of intensive, daily rehearsals, complicated music and choreography opportunities, and a mature story. This summer we’re producing Into the Woods, for any interested teenaged Musical Theatre camper. It meets in the afternoons from early June to mid-July. Staff spend time workshopping acting, singing, and choreography skills with the students before casting. We only accept as many students as we have opportunities to feature them in the show; no more than 30.

Summer 2020 Teen Volunteers

Summer 2020 Teen Volunteers

About the Summer 2020 Teen Volunteer Program: Teenagers ages 13-17 can serve as camp assistants for our four summer 2020 Day Campswhich are offered for children ages 4-11. In exchange for their commitment to at least two (2) camps, teen volunteers will receive one (1) program in Summer 2020 or one (1) semester in Fall 2020. 

Volunteer Responsibilities:
-Help create a dynamic and theatrical environment for campers.
-Assist CTW staff in set-up of camp materials before camps, and putting materials away after camps have concluded.
-Assist CTW staff in camp activities which may include crafts, choreography, theatre games, and improv. The staff will create all camp activity plans.
-Assist CTW staff in overseeing campers in their various activities.
-Teen volunteers will not lead or supervise a group of campers on their own; they will be partnered with another volunteer or a CTW staffer.

To Apply:
-Teens may apply using the application form below.
-Submit a statement of interest. Teens may upload it on the application form, or email it to [email protected]
-Submit a letter of recommendation, which may be from a teacher, director, or other similar person. Teens may upload it on the application form, or email it to [email protected].
-All applications are now due April 3, 2020. We made an extension due to Covid-19. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
-Applicants who qualify for the Teen Volunteer Program will be asked to schedule an interview. Once final candidates are selected, they will be offered a volunteer position and CTW staff will coordinate with them for a volunteer schedule. 

Questions? Contact Aimee Reid, Executive Artistic Director, at [email protected] or call 419-244-5061.