Musical Theatre Summer Camps

     Our mission statement is to inspire, educate, and entertain children and families through the experience of live theatre, both on and off the stage.  This one sentence drives everything that we do.  We strive to uphold it every day, and if we find ourselves planning something that doesn’t achieve it, then we throw it out and start over again.  In every show, every class, every workshop we aim to inspire, educate, and entertain your family, whether you prefer to be on the stage or behind the scenes.

Alice 10

Alice in Wonderland, Jr

 _____The On with the Show! camps we offer do just that.   Everyone who is registered for the camp is guaranteed a part in the show; the auditions on the first day of camp determine which ones.  When the show has been cast, they begin to rehearse!  For half of the day students take classes in dance, music and scenic arts, all designed to enhance the production they are rehearsing.  (For example, in Disney’s Mulan Jr. students learned tai-chi and fan dancing; in Robin Hood they learned stage combat and made coats of arms.)  The rest of the day is dedicated to rehearsing the musical and getting everything ready for three public performances!

42nd Street

42nd Street

_____In 2014 we are launching a brand new Summer at Arts camp experience at Savannah Arts Academy, designed especially for our teen performers.   For our inaugural season we will be producing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Chorus Line, and Sweet Charity.   Due to the mountain of material these teens will be learning, the day will take a more summer-stock approach to rehearsal.  They’ll rehearse until they’re all sweaty and happy, break for lunch, and then do it all again.  With this kind of schedule, we get to build an artistic momentum that is difficult to achieve with after-school schedules during the year.  I can’t wait to see the awesome theatre we’re going to make this summer at SAA!

     For the wee ones, we offer a series at Savannah Country Day School called Creative Adventures.  Our CA Director, Cynthia Holmen, has been directing this camp for eight years now, and it’s just about the most fun any 4-year-old can have.  Each week has a theme like pirates or outer-space, and the kids dive head-first into creative play using storybooks, puppets, costumes, arts and crafts, and imagination-igniting theatre games.  This is a half-day camp, and it is action-packed, to say the least!

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Bremen Town Musicians

      For the jittery among us, we offer a dance camp that focuses on jazz and lyrical dance styles commonly found in musical theatre.  As with all of our camps, we welcome students of all experience levels.  If you’re 7 and you’ve already won Miss Pirouette USA, or if you’re 17 and you’ve never lifted both feet off the floor at the same time, we will meet you where you are and take you to the next level.  This camp is fast-paced and fun, but we do include time for yoga and fancy breathing.

_____Of all of the wonderful things I get to do at SCT, summer camp is my favorite.   I love getting to spend time with my students when they are free from the stresses of their school lives.  Instead of seeing them in two-hour spurts, we have the time to truly get to know them, their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes.  We share meals together, and we share inside jokes, successes, and failures.  Year after year I see new friendships built on lines of musical theatre.  This year, I hope you’ll be a part of it.

     Sign up for summer camps by downloading this registration form. Shows include The Stories of Scheherazade, Paintin’ the Fence: A Tom Sawyer Musical, Princess Whatsername, Twinderella, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Chorus Line, and Sweet Charity. 



     Brush up on your vocab skills, y’all!  We’re days away from opening And Then There Were None, but I’m already excited about starting our next Teen Theatre class.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been one of my favorite shows since I saw it on Broadway while I was in college.  The music is awesome, the characters are devastatingly easy to identify with, and it’s just darned funny. This show is that perfect melding of side-splitting humor and excellent story telling.  I think it will be a wonderful challenge for all involved, on and off the stage.

     I am hugely excited to be working on this project alongside Brandon Kaufman and Corbin Hernandez! Brandon will be our Musical Director, but he will also be stepping out from behind the piano to Assistant Direct.  Corbin will be our Stage Manager, overseeing the technical aspects of the show, and running warm-ups for the cast.  We will focus a lot of warm-up time on honing our ad-libbing and improv skills, which are key in a show with audience participation.  You never know what can happen!

      The…Bee is open to high school students of all abilities. Classes begin March 11th, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm, and the show opens on May 16th!  Registration forms can be found in the front office at SCT, or by clicking this link right here

     Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t implore you to catch this week’s Teen Theatre production of And Then There Were None! (Intrigue, murder and madness, oh my!)  Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, this show will keep you guessing til the end! Starring Emily Edwards, Noah Edwards, Brennan Jones, Caitlin McCarthy, Catie Morris, Michelle Negley, Matt Weeks, Matthew White,  and Corinne Willis.  Four shows only!  Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 3pm and 7pm; Sunday at 3pm.  Come see some of the incredible young talent growing up at SCT.