Theater Camps

June 17-26, 2016 (Advanced Theater)
June 19-25, 2016 (Acting)
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Acting Camp Final Showcase

Saturday, June 25
1:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater

Advanced Theater Camp Final Showcase

Sunday, June 26
1:30 p.m., Kelsey Theater


 

Join us for an exciting experience at one of the St. Olaf Summer Theater Camps, where you’ll learn the many facets of theater from creative professionals. Explore everything from vocal expression to stage combat with others who love theater as much as you do. These camps are an exciting, fun-filled experience where we stress the collaborative nature of live theater. Through teamwork we create a safe environment that encourages participants to think creatively and expressively. Our goal is to teach, guide, and nurture the emerging theater artist or open a door for those interested in learning about the theater. This is a low-stress, high-energy experience. Come and have fun, make new friends and learn about the art and craft of theater.

Meet the staff
Acting Camp: $615 

Ages 12–16

From acting to basic stage combat training to stage make-up to a group musical theatre performance, students of all levels leave camp feeling more experienced in multiple areas of theater.  In addition to classes and rehearsals – all taught by talented instructors and guest specialists – the camp schedule includes enjoyable nightly social activities.  No prior theater experience is required.

Included with your registration is the Basic Stage Combat class. Learn basic hand-to-hand combat and sword play. Participants learn how to safely integrate stage combat into the story telling of the scene. For an additional fee, you can purchase your combat-approved sword.

Additional Offering

Beginning Stage Makeup Class

Explore basic stage makeup, which will include how to highlight your features for the stage and wound techniques. Campers with a latex allergy cannot take part in the prosthetics portion of class. Additional fee: $30, includes take-home makeup kit.

Schedule

Check-in Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., final showcase Saturday, 1:30 p.m., check-out Saturday, 3:00 p.m. or at the conclusion of the showcase.

Advanced Theater Camp: $875 

Ages 15–18

The Advanced Camp provides an opportunity for students to focus on taking their experiences to an advanced level.  All campers will participate in scene study and monologue exploration classes, but will perform preferred selection at camp showcase.

Scene Study

Work on a scene from an established play. Campers will work in smaller groups in order to give each actor a character they can explore using techniques taught in Advanced Acting Class.

Monologue Exploration

Instructors will work with campers to select and break down a monologue (campers can bring own monologue or choose one through your instructor). They will work on the monologue in depth with the aid of the guest instructor and director during the week. The goal is to give a monologue that can be used in future auditions for companies and college auditions.

Advanced Stage Makeup

This optional class will explore techniques that you would use in application to a specific character. There will also be the opportunity to work on makeup beyond basic techniques. Campers with a latex allergy cannot take part in the prosthetic portion of class. Additional fee: $45, includes take-home makeup kit.

Musical Theater

Workshop focusing on the audition experience and characterization in song.

Advanced Stage Combat Class

In this class, campers explore more advanced techniques in hand-to-hand and bladed stage combat.  Participants will safely learn how to integrate stage combat into storytelling and character development.  For an additional fee a combat-approved sword is available.

Technical Theater

Explore what goes on behind the scenes; look at scenery, lighting, sound and costume design.  Campers will get to create designs from scripts and stories; and will be working with industry standard software (including SketchUp and Qlab).  The design work may be used on stage during the final showcase and/or displayed in Kelsey Theater Art Gallery on final day of camp.

Schedule

Check-in Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., final showcase, Sunday, 1:30 p.m., check-out Sunday, 3:00 p.m. or at the conclusion of the showcase.

Meet The Directors

Mishia B. Edwards,

Artistic Director Mishia’s work can be seen in and around the Twin Cities. She is a professional director and arts educator who has experience working with all ages and skill levels.

Todd Edwards,

Production Director
Todd is a freelance designer and fight director. He is a St. Olaf theater department faculty member as well as its technical director.

Registration

Fees

Acting CampFee by May 1:  $615

  • Late fee for registrations postmarked or online after May 1:  $50
  • Optional Stage Makeup Class:  $30 (includes take-home makeup kit).
  • Optional take-home medieval combat sword:  $30

Advanced Theater Camp Fee by May 1: $875

  • Late fee for registrations postmarked or online after May 1: $50
  • Optional take-home medieval combat sword :  $30

Housing and Dining

Campers are housed two to a room in a comfortable, secure residence hall.  Bedding and a bath towel are provided.  Directors and counselors live in the residence hall and provide 24-hour supervision.

Transportation and early additional housing

Call the St. Olaf camp office to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and additional housing.

Refund Policy

Written cancellations received by May 1 will receive a full refund less the $100 deposit fee. No refunds after May 1. Late fees apply after May 1. Substitutions are accepted.

Frequently asked questions

Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please email summer@stolaf.edu inquiring about transportation.

How many campers attend theater camp?
Between 40-50.

Are scholarships or financial assistance available for students in need?
Yes, financial assistance will be offered to Minnesota participants through the MN Office of Higher Education.

Are there auditions?
No

Are there campers from out-of-state?
About 20 percent of the campers are from states other than Minnesota, a number that grows every year.

What is the gender breakdown of a typical theater camp?
Typically 1/3 boys to 2/3 girls.

What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations received by May 1 will receive a full refund less the $100 deposit fee. No refunds after May 1. Late fees apply after May 1.  Substitutions are accepted.

My child is one year too young for camp. Can she still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Contact the summer office (507-786-3031) to get your name on the list.

Can I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online?
No. In order to meet regulations we can only take credit cards using our online form.