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Students 7-14 come together to have fun, express themselves through theater and games, and at the end of camp, participate in a full-length original musical theater production. We welcome students interested in theater, coming with a range of theatrical backgrounds and acting / singing abilities. Students are given their character assignments for the play in May, and are asked to come to camp knowing their lines and songs. We use the first week of camp to explore and expand our theatrical expression and begin show rehearsals, and by the middle of week two we've shifted to spending most of our time getting ready for the end-of-camp performances.
How it Works
Our camp begins as one large group. In a great circle, the full staff and all the campers ages 7-14 get to play some theater games together, move, and have fun. Then, during the first week and a half, after some morning drama games we often work on our big-group numbers that involve all ages. After the morning break, we usually separate into two age-specific groups: the 9-14 year olds, and the 7-8 year olds, though depending on the day there may be some crossover. For example, we will sometimes send a few characters from the 9-14 year old camp to rehearse a scene that involves a group of the younger students. Occasionally, the younger kids join the older kids for a scene that they are in together.
The lead parts: The 11-14 Year Olds
We typically assign our larger roles to our 11-14 year olds, with the occasional 10 year old stepping up into a larger solo role. Some of our 11-14 year olds are assigned to group roles instead of larger lead roles.
This age group will spend time the first half of camp exploring theatrical expression, getting to know their character(s), and working scenes. The last half of camp is largely spent rehearsing for our production, while continuing to build on the skills we've been practicing since the first week.
You can read more about how consideration for lead roles works on our Casting page.
The glue of the play: the 9-10 year olds
Recognizing the appetite for theater and challenge that many children in this age group are looking for, we like to give the 9-10 olds a variety of several smaller roles in the production. A typical 10-year-old might play a pirate in one scene, a minister in the next, then be in a group villager dance a few scenes later. This can make for some speedy costume changes!
Some 9-10 year olds have individual lines and solos in songs, while others are cast in group parts.
No matter what, they steal the show: the 7-8 year olds
We love to give the 7-8 year olds at camp a fun, feisty theater experience playing drama games and putting in good hard work towards the final production. Children in this age group will get to play in several group roles, while also working on our in-camp mini-production of the summer's show.
Nuts & Bolts: Exploring Theatrical Expression / Typical Schedules
Inspirations Camp invites all campers to explore their next step in theatrical expression. Besides getting to know the play we will be performing, we focus on activities and games that explore theatrical expression, which will cover several areas:
- Physical expression—we'll get moving, see what our limbs are capable of, and even stretch little-known facial muscles for gesture. We'll explore different ways to walk, sneak, tiptoe, and other ways of getting here to there, all adding to our bag of tricks for the performance.
- Vocal expression—We'll try out speaking styles in anything from whispers and whoops to sighs and barks. We'll have fun looking at a how we might express a range of emotional states from determination to confusion, passion to indifference.
- Musical expression—In addition to singing the songs for the performance itself, we'll do singing warm-ups and some singing games. We'll look at the different moods songs can bring, trying out singing in voices that are happy, sad, sly, bewildered, and a number of other moods.
- Character expression—depending on the child's age, we'll explore how exploring and exercising our inner moods can bring acting to life.
Typical Day Schedules
( see also day in the life Hillsboro camp for a narrative, in-depth description of our camp days)
**Actual Camp Schedules May Vary
---Aftercare available for small fee from 3:30 - 5:30 most camp days
Week 1 June 15-19 2015
- 9:00 – 9:25 Warm-ups, some theater games, and check-ins for the day's schedule
- 9:25 – 10:45 Large-group or small-group workshops in theatrical expression. We often use the play we will be performing as fodder for these workshops, to help students become more familiar with the show
- 10:45 – 11:20 Snack / Movement break
- 11:20 – 1:00 Workshops continued
- 1:00 – 1:30 Lunch and free movement / games
**Our camp day ends at 1:30; however, we do offer aftercare until 5:00 for a small fee. Aftercare activities can include art, movement, reading, walks, games, and/or outside play
Week 2 June 22 - 25 2015
- 9:00 – 9:15 Warm-ups / Short theater games
- 9:15 – 10:45 Large / small group rehearsals
- 10:45 – 11:15 Snack / movement break (During dress rehearsal times there is not always a regular snack time; students eat snack when they're not engaged onstage}
- 11:15 – 1:00 Continued rehearsals
- 1:00 - 1:30 Lunch / Movement time
**Aftercare available until 5:00 pm for a small fee
Friday, June 26th
9:00 – 12:00 Dress Rehearsal of Show
12:00 – 6:00 OFF—parents are in charge of their children
6:00 – 6:15 Arrive at theater to get ready for performance
7:00 – 8:30 Performance
Saturday, June 27th
1:00 –1:15 Arrive at theater to get ready for performance
2:00 – 3:30 Performance
~ 3:30 Final farewell
Our first week and a half will be at the Swallowtail Waldorf School Farm, in Hillsboro, OR, enjoying and its fields and old-fashioned barn. For the dress rehearsals and performances, we're aiming to be in the auditorium of the church that Swallowtail School rents.