How We Do It

Inspirations Theater Camps and Clubs seek to help young people explore their gifts for theatrical expression. We do this through summer camps that feature theater games and exercises in a relaxed and intimate setting, culminating in the performance of an original musical. We strive to make our offerings enjoyable, age-appropriate, and inclusive, and to nurture the kind of passion for theater that can transform young people's lives.

Exploring Theatrical Expression at our Camps

We dive right in the first day at camp with theater games, clowning workshops, voice and acting classes, and other ways to stretch and explore theatrical expression. Rehearsals for the show itself begin from day one, but we make sure we have time to breathe, relax, and play as we go. See how it looks on the ground in a Day in the Life at camp.

While we spend some time at camp  together as a large group, the first week students are often divided into smaller groups for workshops or to rehearse different parts of the show—perhaps the group playing the knights will rehearse their scene in one room while some of the leads have a small-group singing workshop elsewhere, and meanwhile the main theater space is used to rehearse a large group number.

Rehearsals / 2nd half of camp

As we get closer to the performance, more time is spent in rehearsals, leading up to our two performances at the end of camp. While all students will act in the performances, interested students sometimes can help out with other aspects of the show, such as stage help, music, or costumes. Now and then there are times during camp rehearsals when students are not officially part of a scene or workshop, especially in the 4-5 days leading up to our performances. When not engaged on stage, students will be able to quietly watch the action on stage, read, draw, or write.

Our final few days are dress rehearsals and / or the performances themselves, a very exciting and potentially magical time for everyone involved. Everything comes together as the cast performs two shows at the end of camp for the community. We celebrate the experience, take pride in a job well done, and rest well after it's all over!

Opening Night Warm-ups backstage--let's get movin'!

Opening Night Warm-ups backstage--let's get movin'!

It's time to get our theater on!

It's time to get our theater on!

Torsti is one of the few artists/teachers that writes for both children and adults simultaneously (a la Jim Henson style), and at the end of these performances, audience members leave singing the songs, tapping their toes, and feeling great about life and community. The man’s got heart, and his work will remind you that you’ve got one too!
— Cory Waletzko
I -know- my lines, thank you very much!

I -know- my lines, thank you very much!

Dress rehearsal: costumes, lights, action!

Dress rehearsal: costumes, lights, action!