Theater Camps – Showcase Schedules

June 19 – 28, 2015 (Advanced Theater)

June 21 – 27, 2015 (Acting)

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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

1. Acting Camp: $615

Ages 12–16

From combat training to improv, 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 a 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 $30 fee (includes take-home makeup kit).

Schedule
Check in Sunday, 2–3 p.m. Final showcase Friday 2 p.m., check-out 3 p.m. or at conclusion of performance.

2. Advanced Theater Camp: $875

Ages 15–18

An opportunity for students to focus on taking their experience to an advanced level.

Scene Study

Work on, and bring to full performance, a scene from an established play. Campers will work in small groups in order to give each actor a character they can explore using techniques taught in Advanced Acting Class. The scene will be performed in a showcase on the last day of camp.

Monologue Exploration

Instructors will work with you to select and break down a monologue (you can bring your own monologue or choose one through your instructor). You will work on the monologue in depth with the aid of the guest instructor and director during the week. The goal is to give you a monologue you can use in future auditions.

Advanced Stage Makeup

This 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 prosthetics portion of class (makeup kit included in camp fee).

Musical Theater

Focusing on the audition experience and characterization in song. We will work on, and perform at the showcase, a group song.

Advanced Stage Combat Class

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. We will explore body dynamics — the process of how the human body reacts to the choreographed moves. Smaller, more challenging combat scenes will be choreographed and performed on the final day of camp. For an additional fee, you can purchase your combat-approved sword.

Technical Theater

Learn about what goes on “behind the scenes.” We will look at scenery, lighting, sound, and costume design. Campers will get to create designs from scripts and stories. Work with industry-standard software to create designs, including SketchUp and Qlab. 3D models, renderings, sound recordings, and more will be created through the week and displayed in the Kelsey Theater Art Gallery on the final day of camp.

In addition to design we will look at production and stage management. What does it take to make a production happen and run smoothly? This session will include practical construction and painting of basic scenic elements as well as hang and focus of lighting, creating lighting and sound cue — all of which will b part of the final presentation.

Schedule

Check in Friday 1-2 p.m., final showcase Sunday 2 p.m., and check-out 3 p.m. or at conclusion of performance.

Registration

Register online using our secure server or print and mail a registration form.

Financial assistance is TBD for Minnesota participants.  Please check back periodically or contact the academy office.

Acting Camp
Fee 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

Refund Policy
Written cancellations received by May 1 are eligible for a full refund minus the $100 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations 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?
Financial assistance is TBD for Minnesota participants.  Please check back periodically or contact the academy office.

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 are eligible for a full refund minus the $100 deposit. No refunds will be issued for cancellations 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.