CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP’S 2020 ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAMS

Unlock your creative side this summer with the Children’s Theatre Workshop!

Registration is OPEN!

Online Theatre Camps for Ages 5-15

Day Camps For Ages 5-15

All of our Summer 2020 programs are a combination of live Zoom classes on a specific schedule, and prepared content you can access on your own! Prepared content includes crafts, videos, and “on-your-own” theatre prompts! Each group meets once a week, Tuesday or Thursday! Tuesdays are afternoons and evenings, and Thursdays are mornings and afternoons. Click the link below for the schedules!

Campers will be split into age groups: 5-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds, 10-12 year olds, and 13-15 year olds.


Grab Your Passport Camp

Tuesdays or Thursdays
May 26-June 18, 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!

Click HERE for Tuesday Camp details and registration!
Click HERE for Thursday Camp details and registration!

ZOOM Plays

ZOOM Plays

We miss the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make theatre! Our ZOOM Plays are built a bit like our regular semester programs: students will spend time with their teacher preparing acting techniques and auditions, then they will rehearse a play specifically for Zoom format, which we will record and send to families at the end of the camp!

These programs all meeting in the late afternoon and evening, 2-3 times a week, for 60-90 minutes–depending on the age group!


Zoom Plays for Players Company (Age 7-9)

13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate

By A.M. Dittman
Register here!

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.

Students should prepare a comedic monologue, about 30-60 seconds long, for the first day of class. Director Trina Friedberg will workshop the monologues with the students on the first day, then students will audition for their roles. Rehearsals will begin after casting. There are 15 roles available; we will only accept 15 students. New to theatre? Let us know! We’ll help you select monologues and get you resources to prepare. Email us!

This is an AMAZING way to try theatre. Why? Because memorization is so limited! If you can read your lines from the screen while performing, you can do this program. We can also send a paper copy of the script to you.

Program Info:

June 8, 2020-July 16, 2020
Mondays and Thursdays*
4:00-5:00 pm
*Rehearsal schedule may vary! The final schedule will be determined in collaboration with the cast and staff.
Program fee: $80 (payment plan available)
Performances the weekend of July 17, 2020. Final dates and times TBD.


Zoom Plays for Ensemble (Ages 10-12)

Virtual Complaint Department (And Lemonade)
By Kamron Klitgaard
Register here!

A best-seller as a traditional stage play, your favorite complaint department has now gone virtual!  This virtual play is written specifically to be rehearsed and performed remotely, with every character in their own home! In this rapid succession of duet scenes, the virtual complaint department takes on some hysterical grievances — everything from Oreo icing to kleptomania and from songs stuck in the head to the price of cheese and on and on and on.  It seems people will whine about anything!  Could there be a glimmer of hope for anyone in charge of a complaint department?

Students should prepare a comedic monologue, about 30-60 seconds long, for the first day of class. Director Aimee Reid will workshop the monologues with the students on the first day, then students will audition for their roles. Rehearsals will begin after casting. There are 15 roles available; we will only accept 15 students. New to theatre? Let us know! We’ll help you select monologues and get you resources to prepare. Email us!

This is an AMAZING way to try theatre. Why? Because memorization is so limited! If you can read your lines from the screen while performing, you can do this program. We can also send a paper copy of the script to you.

Program Info:

June 8, 2020-July 23, 2020
Mondays and Thursdays*
6:00-7:00 pm
*Rehearsal schedule may vary! The final schedule will be determined in collaboration with the cast and staff.
Program fee: $100 (payment plan available)
Performances the weekend of July 24, 2020. Final dates and times TBD.


Zoom Plays for Teen Company (Ages 13-18)

The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare

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Falstaff, a tacky partying fool, decides to court two married women (the merry wives!) in hopes of getting some cash out of the deal. After sending them the same love letter, the ladies compare notes and realize he’s trying to play them. Lots of hilarious revenge pranks ensue! Meanwhile, these merry wives’ children get caught up in love triangles, duels, and misdirection that is very confusing and makes a lot of dramatic people look very silly.

Students should prepare a Shakespearean or other classic monologue for the first day of class. Director Pat Mahood will workshop the monologues with the students on the first day, then students will audition for their roles. Rehearsals will begin after casting. There are 17 roles available; we will only accept 17 students. New to Shakespeare? Let us know! We’ll help you select monologues and get you resources to prepare. Email us!

This is an AMAZING way to try Shakespeare. Why? Because memorization is so limited! If you can read your lines from the screen while performing, you can do this program. We can also send a paper copy of the script to you.

Program Info:

June 22, 2020-August 13, 2020
Mondays and Thursdays*
6:00-8:00 pm
*Rehearsal schedule may vary! The final schedule will be determined in collaboration with the cast and staff.
Program fee: $100 (payment plan available)
Performances the weekend of August 14, 2020. Final dates and times TBD.

Summer Cabarets

Summer Cabarets

The stages are closed but we have songs to sing! The CTW Summer Cabarets will feature musical theatre performers ages 10-13 and 14-17, who will work with CTW staff on solos, duets, and group numbers. We might even work in some dance numbers and original scenes! The song selections and other possible cabaret content will be determined by the staff and students.

All performances will be virtual, to accommodate social distancing practices in place at this time.

Performances for the 14-17 age group are expected to be mid-to-late July. 10-13 year olds will perform early August. Precise dates are TBD, dependent on the licensing agreements for the songs we select!

Students should expect 1-3 rehearsals a week. The schedule will be created in collaboration with the CTW staff and families. Everyone will start June 8, 2020!

10-13 year old musical theatre students should register here!
14-17 year old musical theatre students should register here!

FAQs About Summer 2020--Online!

Camp Locations:
All camps will be online, unless specifically stated otherwise. CTW will not be hosting any in-person programs until the state of Ohio has permitted groups of 50+ to gather for two weeks, without increase in covid-19 cases.

How does it all work with Zoom?
We will privately send each family a secured Zoom link or ID/Password for each class. Students will be let in via a “waiting room,” to ensure that only approved, registered students attend the class. Teachers will engage the students in 30-45 minute classes, on various topics, with breaks in-between. No one spends more than 3 hours a day in Zoom classes. Each camp meets once a week, to reduce Zoom burnout as well as in acknowledgment that keeping track of schedules is difficult for families these days.

Explain the non-Zoom content?
Some content is just not applicable in a Zoom format; we are compiling videos and activities that your camper can access on their own time to continue their camp fun! These are also password-protected and will be released when camp begins. Some activities require specific materials; CTW staff will mail or drop off these supplies to the address you provide when you register!

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.

Payment
If you wish to use a payment plan for camp, please contact Office Manager Catherine Danford. Camps can be split into two payments. Scholarships are available!

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.

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!

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. If your family has limited access to the necessary equipment and internet for Zoom programs, please contact us!

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?
The best part about this particular summer is, we’re all learning! This format is so new to all of us that there are pretty much no experts in the virtual room. We’d be thrilled to introduce theatre to your child in this time.