Classes/Camps

Drama Camp for Summer 2017

Mid Michigan Family Theatre Drama Camp

August 14 – 18

Days: Monday -Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ages: 7 – 15

Gender: Co-Ed

Fee: $75.00

Location: 2/42 Community Building

2630 Bennett Road

The goal of the camp is to provide instruction in acting and the theatre process using relevant and interesting topics. Participants will spend the day learning about the production process of theatre through a variety of activities. These will include using the voice and body to create a believable character and improvisation techniques. We will conclude with a camp performance!



Potential Drama Class Offerings

Acting Concepts 1 - Using simple scripts and poems as a springboard for dramatization, students will explore how to bring the written word to life on stage. The actor’s tools of voice, body, imagination, concentration and cooperation will begin to be developed through acting exercises and theatre games.


Acting Concepts 2 - What does it take to be a good actor? Formulating a clear understanding of the skills and techniques involved in the actor’s work is the focus of this class where students engage in activities designed to improve performance quality, collaboration, audition skills and more. Methods such as improvisation, scene work, monologues and creative drama are used to explore the concepts behind being an actor.


Acting Exploration - is a loosely structured approach to acting through activities in pantomime, improvisation, storytelling, movement and vocal activities. General ideas about acting will be introduced at this level. This class will allow the participants to build self-esteem and confidence while interacting with others in a fun setting.


Acting for Adults - is a look at the acting process including movement and voice for the stage. Students will work with materials and scenes throughout the session in a non-threatening environment. Participants will build self-esteem and confidence while developing public speaking skills.


Acting for Teens – Will look at discovering the essence of great acting. You will enhance concentration and sensory awareness. You will also develop movement and vocal skills while exploring the wonder of improvisation. An additional goal is to take the mystery out of acting.


Acting 1 - is an introductory level class that will focus on the elements of acting. Activities will involve movement, using the voice, working with a script, and preparing the scene for stage. Participants will develop self-esteem and confidence while interacting with others in an entertaining environment.

Actor's Voice – will look at how using the voice and developing character go hand in hand in acting. Using a variety of interesting materials, activities will lead to the development of a strong character to be used in plays. Participants will gain knowledge of how to use their voice to develop a strong on stage personality.


Actor’s Workshop - takes an in-depth look at putting together a scene for presentation.  It will take the participant through much of the acting process from auditioning to giving the final performance. Actors will develop public speaking skills through interaction with others along with developing empathy, using the imagination and improvisation in an entertaining and learning environment.


Advanced Actor's Workshop - takes an in-depth look at putting together a scene for presentation.  It will take the participant through much of the acting process from auditioning to giving the final performance. Actors will develop public speaking skills through interaction with others along with developing empathy, using the imagination and improvisation in an entertaining and learning environment.


Beginning Actor's Workshop - takes an in-depth look at putting together a scene for presentation.  It will take the participant through much of the acting process from auditioning to giving the final performance. Actors will develop public speaking skills through interaction with others along with developing empathy, using the imagination and improvisation in an entertaining and learning environment.


Creative Dramatics - is an initial introduction to the world of acting. Its non-performance structure allows the participant to explore many of the facets of acting without the burden of learning lines, specific rules, etc. Activities focus on movement, pantomime, and voice allowing for participants to develop their imagination and interact with others in an entertaining environment.


Fairy Tale Theatre - is a class that will use fairy tales as the central focal point. Activities will include developing a character, using the voice, movement, and use of exaggeration. Participants will develop skills in listening, speaking, and using the imagination in a fun, entertaining setting.


Improvisation - is a class that will use the various aspects of improvisation and theatre games. The focus of the class is for the participant "to think on his or her feet". The basic "rules" of improvisation will be introduced early in the class sessions. Participants will build self-confidence while interacting with others by using their imagination to improvise in a fun, safe, environment.


Introduction to Acting - looks at the components that make up the acting process. Activities will be used to show how the voice, body, and imagination are used while on stage. Theatre games will reinforce these ideas. Participants will develop public speaking skills, the ability to work with others while building self-esteem and confidence.


Introduction to Acting for Adults - is a look at the acting process including movement and voice for the stage. Students will work with materials and scenes throughout the session in a non-threatening environment. Participants will build self-esteem and confidence while developing public speaking skills.


Puppetry - is a class that introduces the use of puppets in presenting a story to the audience. Activities will include the handling of a puppet, movement, character development, and voice development. Participants will develop confidence and self-esteem as well as public speaking skills in a very fun setting.


Readers' Theatre - is a class that focuses on using the voice through the use of readers' theatre scripts and oral interpretation materials. Activities will focus on projection, tone, and developing a character.  Participants will develop confidence, interaction with others as well as public speaking skills.


Scene Study - is a class that is meant to strengthen the skills of the actor through monologue and scene work. The student will be shown skills on how to deal with memorized materials such as monologues and scenes. Participants will develop public speaking skills as well as building self-esteem and confidence.


Staging Stories - Rooted in folklore, fables, myths and legends, campers will grow their understanding of storytelling and acting fundamentals while elevating a classic tale to new heights on the stage! Working closely with their classmates, students will develop characters, explore plot, and create staging based on the words from the original story.


Storybook Adventures - Picture books serve as the springboard into a theatrical adventure, giving campers the opportunity to play with basic acting skills while working as a team to bring stories to life! Exercising their natural creativity through movement, vocal work, games and improvisation, campers portray beloved storybook characters (as well as new favorites!) while gaining confidence and presence on stage.


Treasure Trunk Theatre - Everyday a new surprise awaits campers in Treasure Trunk Theatre! A magical treasure trunk, with ever-changing items discovered inside, becomes the basis for a collaborative drama experience. Using movement, vocal work, improvisation and creative drama techniques, kids will also stretch their imaginations, words, actions and ideas to develop a story like you've never heard before!


Theatre Backstage - is a class that looks at the many important aspects of theatre that happen backstage. Activities will include looking at the design process, the building process, with specific focus on set design, costume design, prop design, and make up design. Participants will gain knowledge of technical theatre and be in the position to apply this knowledge in a future theatrical production.  


Theatre Production - will look at the many aspects of theatre. Discussions will include theatre history, popular theatre forms, and activities will go into the basics of acting. Participants will gain knowledge of theatre as well as the components of today's theatre in an educational  and entertaining setting.

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