Not sure how to keep the kids engaged over summer and doing something fun, rewarding, and educational? Check out Theater for Young America’s 2013 Summer Theatre Arts Project Drama Camps that teacher, entertains, and engages children from pre-school through graduation.
Theatre for Young America currently accepts enrollments for its. TYA Drama Camps offered at three different locations depending on the age level of the student. For the youngest, check out The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle for ages 3.5-third grade, or The Wizard of Oz for 4-8 grades, or Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock for grades 7-12.
Theater for Young America offers the following projects with locations listed.
Camp 1. The Adventures of Dr. Doolittle
This musical play, adapted from the book by Hugh Lofting, centers around a special doctor who loves animals so much that he is able to talk with them. Characters include Polynesia the Parrot, Gub-Gub the Pig, Jip the Dog, Dab-Dab the Duck, and Chee-Chee the Monkey, as well as pirates and some wonderful never-seen-before African animals. Young actors learn musical theatre skills as they bring this play to life onstage
Age: Preschool (at least 3.5 years of age) through 3rd grade
Location: Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City, 5700 King, Shawnee, KS 66203
From: June 17-21, from 5pm to 7pm daily with an onstage performance at 6pm Friday, June 21.
Camp 2. The Wizard of Oz
Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, this musical (not the film version) features Dorothy, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow as they outwit the Wicked Witch of the West to get to the Wizard of Oz. Glinda the Good and the Munchkins help the group find what they need and get Dorothy and Toto back to their home in Kansas. Campers work on songs, dances, characterization, acting, and stagecraft to prepare this play for an audience.
Ages: 4- 8th grade
Location: City Stage in Union Station, 30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO 64108.
Dates: July 8 -12, 9am to 5pm daily with an onstage performance at 3pm Friday, July 12,
Students need to bring a sack lunch daily
Camp 3. Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock
This musical comedy by David Mamet with music by Alaric Jans is a hilarious science fiction trip taken by Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and a sheep named Bob. The threesome have an exciting time traveling to Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, ruled by crazy George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. Technical theatre, costuming, musical theatre, and acting skills are among the topics the campers will experience as they rehearse this play.
Age: grades7-12th grade
Location: Goppert Theatre at Avila University, 1190 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64145
Dates: July 22-26, 9am to 5pm daily with an onstage performance at 7pm Friday, July 26.
Students need to bring a sack lunch daily.
An additional 10% discount is offered to season ticket holders or to parents enrolling more than one child in TYA summer camps. Enrollments may be taken until the first day of camp. To enroll, call Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083 or enroll online at www.tya.org.
According to a press release, Theatre for Young America follows the model curriculum set out by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. All instructors are professional actors and/or theatre educators.
Theatre for Young America’s professional theater company primarily employs local actors, including members of Actors Equity Association.
For more information on Theater for Young America, their shows, their workshops, and other offerings, check out their website: tya.org or google: Theater for Young America Kansas City.