Theater (Grades K-4)

Theater (Grades K-4)

  1 week sessions       1:00pm - 3:00pm       $235

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Sidwell Summer is excited to offer afternoon theater workshops in partnership with Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. Each week will provide different imaginative acting opportunities ranging from Drama Detectives to Super Kids to the Rescue! Imagination Stage “fosters a creative environment for children to develop their skills in, and understanding of, the theatre arts in a fun and stimulating way. Classes also promote essential 21st century skills including empathy, persistence and resilience, creative problem solving, and innovative thinking.” You can enroll in our afternoon Theater classes on their own or pair them with one of our morning programs to create a varied and fun-filled day for your camper!


Dates, Hours, and Fees

2019 Dates
Week Grades K-1 Grades 2-4
June 17 – 21 Magic Suitcase Adventures on the High Seas
June 24 – 28 Drama and Music Create Your Own Adventure
July 1 – 3
(No Camp July 4 + 5)
Outer Space Adventures Dragon Tales
July 8 – 12 Rumble in the Jungle Mystery Theatre
July 15 – 19 Disney Drama Adventures on the High Seas
July 22 – 26 Super Kids to the Rescue! Create a Character: Heroes and Villains
July 29 – August 2 Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! Magic Treehouse Adventures
August 5 – 9 Pirates and Mermaids Create Your Own Adventure
Fees
$235 ($150 for week of July 1-3)
Hours
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Visit our Extended Day page for information about before and after care.

Pair with an aM Program:

Sidwell Summer has a number of morning options that can be paired with the afternoon Theater program to create a full day of camp fun for your child!  Campers participating in an AM program prior to PM Theater will eat lunch with the former program before being escorted, by staff, to the latter!

AM options are listed below:

Adventures in Art – Grades K-1; available week of 6/24.

Chess – Grades 2-8; available 6/17-6/28.

Chinese Culture Camp – Grades 4-6; available week of 6/17.

Fencing – Grades 2-5; available 6/17-6/28.

Handwork Day Camp Grades K-6; available all weeks.

Kitchen Kids Grades 2-5; available 6/24-8/9.

LEGO® Engineering – Grades K-3; available all weeks.

Ninja Challenge – Grades K-3; available 7/8-8/9.

Ready, Set, Write! – Grades 3-5; available 6/17-6/28.

Sci-Fi Fun Grades K-1; available 6/24-8/2 except week of 7/1.

Note: After registering for one of the above AM programs, select "Opt Out" and register for PM Theater separately.


Program Descriptions

Outer Space Adventures: 3…2…1…Blast off to the moon! On our adventure we may meet some space aliens, discover a new planet, or chart new territory. Join forces with your fellow space travelers to fix the spaceship with our stellar problem-solving skills, or to make predictions about which planet our adventures will take us next. Bring along your star chart so we can be sure to get home again safely. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Disney Drama: Who hasn’t dreamt of being Elsa as she creates her ice castle or Aladdin riding on his magic carpet? Your dreams can come true! All you need to do is wish upon a star! Using our bodies, voices, minds, and imagination, campers work together to act out their favorite Disney tales. Dance until the clock strikes twelve like Cinderella, or roar your loudest as Simba, all while using creative drama, music, movement, and visual art to bring these magical stories to life. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Magic Suitcase: This creative drama class teaches students how to begin developing tools in their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). The teacher brings a “magic suitcase” to class. The teacher asks: What will we find in our magic suitcase today? The props, books, or toys that the teacher and student “find” in the suitcase determine where the students “travel” that day. Perhaps they will journey on a chilly trip to the Arctic, or maybe they will explore the jungle with the help of the book, Where the Wild Things Are. During this class, students use popular books as well as simple props and costumes to create characters and bring their own stories to life. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Rumble in the Jungle: “There’s a rumble in the jungle, there’s a whisper in the trees. The animals are waking up and rustling the leaves.” Pack your binoculars and your sense of adventure as we begin our safari in search of mischievous monkeys, lazy lions, and slippery snakes. Don’t forget the bug spray! An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Drama and Music: Creative drama and music are integrated in this fusion class. Students create their own stories, songs, and dances based on popular children’s tales. Using stories with classic themes and lessons, students make connections between imaginative worlds and their own life experiences. Using simple props and costumes, they create characters and bring their stories to life. Children are introduced to pattern and rhythm through beginner music lessons, instrument play, and creative movement to music. These classes encourage creative expression and promote confidence and self-esteem. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Pirates and Mermaids: Avast, ye matees! Batten down the hatches and beware of the mystical mermaids and tricky pirates that dwell in this creative drama class. Your child is invited to join us on an adventure on the high seas as we use our actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, and imagination) to explore a new story about ocean adventures each week. Whether we are hunting for buried treasure or on a quest to save a magical mermaid, students have a swashbuckling good time while also working on skills such as active listening and sharing. These creative drama classes encourage creative expression and promote confidence and self-esteem. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!: Don’t shoo that bug away just yet! Children love to explore the world of their creepy, crawly friends. There are tons of bug friends living in our own back yard. Wiggle with the worms, spin a web with the spiders and climb into your cocoon with the caterpillars. In this multi-sensory play based class children will explore the world of bugs through popular stories such as The Very Busy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Sam and the Firefly. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Super Kids to the Rescue!: “Help! The city is in danger. Who will save us?” Join forces with fellow crime fighters, and you may just save the day! Discover that you can fly or travel at the speed of light as we explore classic and original super stories using our bodies, voices, minds, and imaginations. In a camp designed to boost our self-esteem and develop creative minds of heroic proportions, there’s no stopping our imagination as we embark on this great adventure. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Create Your Own Adventure: Create your own story! Maybe a huge giant who saves the day; or it’s a story where the wolf is the good guy! This class brings the students’ imagination to life as they explore story structure while building on their actor’s tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination. Students are introduced to the concept of character motivation while learning to work in an ensemble, communicate ideas, and take direction. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Create a Character: Heroes and Villains: Explore the journeys of several heroes and villains using the actor’s tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination. Students will gain a greater understanding of story structure, character motivation, and basic performance skills, while increasing their ability to take risks, share ideas, and work in an ensemble. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Dragon Tales: Step into a world of adventure and meet different dragons while exploring new stories each day. Some stories that students might explore, but are not limited to: Dragons love Tacos, Puff the Magic Dragon, and My Father’s Dragon. In this creative drama class students will bring these dragon themed stories to life using their actor’s tools of the body, voice, mind, and imagination. Students will learn to improvise, gain an understanding of character and environment, as well as develop personal confidence and the ability to work in a group. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Mystery Theatre: Actors are detectives! Good playwrights ‘pepper’ their plays with clues as to who their characters are and what motivates them. It is the job of the actor to search for those clues and to piece them together to create a living, breathing character. Using the genre of mysteries, students craft characters within the context of pre-scripted material and stories developed as a group. In this process, students gain a greater understanding of story structure, character motivation, and given circumstances while increasing their ability to take risks, share ideas, and work in an ensemble. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Adventures on the High Seas: Ahoy, me mateys! Where shall we sail to today? Maybe we’ll go on a high seas adventure! Maybe we’ll voyage to Mermaid Island with Pirate Pete! Maybe we’ll sail through the Caribbean! Learn how to talk like a pirate and swim like a mermaid as we develop our problem-solving skills and a keen eye for hidden treasure. There’s no end to where your imagination can take you when your classroom transforms into a pirate ship. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.

Magic Treehouse Adventures: “What a curious thing! Where did that treehouse in the giant oak tree come from? It wasn’t there yesterday!” Inside the Magic Treehouse are some clues as to where we’re going today! Perhaps we will take a trip across the ocean to the Himalayas or a journey to the surface of Mars. Encounter some very interesting characters as we travel across the world using our bodies, voices, minds, and imaginations to tell each story. An informal sharing of student work will be performed for families during the final camp day.