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Learning, Laughing and Building Confidence Through Theatre

A memorable experience for kids ages 6 - 16.

Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Youth Theatre Summer Camps

Campers will learn about acting, scene study, blocking basic improvisation, projection, stage management lighting and set design.

Our talented instructors guide young people through the entire process of mounting a production beginning with the audition through to the final bows.

Campers’ days are packed with fun, games and activities chosen to focus and teach stage skills needed for stage performance as well as everyday life. Each week will be tailored to the age and experience of the students.

The camp offers more flexibility than last year. Staff student ratio is 1 to 4 for the 6-7 year old group and 1-8 for ages 8-16.

We offer single week camps and several NEW two-week sessions with some in partnership with Stand UP for Student Well-Being. Two week camps are discounted.

Some sessions will have guest presenters and visits to the Costume House. We hire staff in May so stay tuned for bios and pictures. All instructors must have police checks.

A New Partnership with Stand Up for Student Well-Being and Two New Comedy Camps

Two NEW camps are being offered for campers age 10-16 by comedy coach and Toronto comedian Marc Hallworth - with a mystery Wednesday afternoon comedian surprise.

Stand UP for Student Well-Being is an innovative Canadian charity featuring trained, industry comedian coaches that teach comedy skills to youth, to nourish well-being and resilience through the intentional use of comedy and healthy humour. They inspire, empower and build confidence. The skills developed in this program not only improve stage presence but also build life skills like public speaking through humour. Comedic self-expression makes for better actors and people.

Maximum camp size is 15 campers.

Planning Tips for Multiple Camps

This year campers may take two or three week sessions.

Campers may register for camps back to back or skip a week.

All three Budding Actor (BA) are different. Future Stars (FS) and Name in Lights (NL) integrate with the Comedy (SU) weeks but they can be taken in any order.

Think about your child’s comfort level. A 13 year old might work well with the younger group if inexpereinced and shy but fit in with the older group if outgoing and with a great deal of stage expereince.

Students registering for multiple camps sign up for each camp and etransfer the full amount for each. The discount will be given at the end of the second week. Two week camps are $350 and 3 weeks $525.
Budding Actors
Ages 6 - 7
Centre Stage
Ages 8 - 10
Future Stars
Ages 10* - 13
Name in Lights
Ages 13* - 16
Funny Bone
Ages 10 - 13
Comedy Kids
Ages 13* - 16
July 4 - 8BA1CS1
July 11 - 15FS1NL1
July 18 - 22BA2SUJR1
July 25 - 29CS2
August 1 - 5BA3FS2
August 8 - 12CS3NL2
August 15 - 19FS3SUINT1

Budding Actors

Ages 6 - 7

BA1: July 4 - 8, 2022
BA2: July 18 - 22, 2022
BA3: August 1 - 5, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

This program focusses on movement through music and acting through improvisation.

Acting and staging concepts will be taught through theatre games and a storybook approach focusing on the works of Robert Munch, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. Play and spontaneity with a storytelling approach is a fun way love and learn drama skills.

A showcase will be performed for family and friends on stage at the Firehall Theatre.

Register

BA1: July 4 - 8, 2022 - Registration
BA2: July 18 - 22, 2022 - Registration
BA3: August 1 - 5, 2022 - Registration

Centre Stage

Ages 8 - 10

CS1: July 4 - 8, 2022
CS2: July 25 - 29, 2022
CS3: August 8 - 12, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

The campers in the Centre Stage program will experience the different aspects of theatre including acting, improvisation, costumes and so much more through various activities games and workshops!

Actors will study scripts; specific techniques developing characters on stage will be taught.

There will be a showcase for family and friends on stage in the Firehall Theatre at the end of the week

Register

CS1: July 4 - 8, 2022 - Registration
CS2: July 25 - 29, 2022 - Registration
CS3: August 8 - 12, 2022 - Registration

Future Stars

Ages 10* - 13

FS1: July 11 - 15, 2022
FS2: August 1 - 5, 2022
FS3: August 15 - 19, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

Campers in the Future Stars program will experience theatre camp on a whole new level!

The week will build on previous skills and focus on character development, blocking and acting technique in small scenes. While getting a chance to strut their stuff on stage, they will also get a chance to learn about stage management, lighting and sound!

The campers will be able to explore all aspects of what it takes to put a production together with a finished performance on stage at the Firehall theatre for family and friends at the end of the week.

Register

FS1: July 11 - 15, 2022 - Registration
FS2: August 1 - 5, 2022 - Registration
FS3: August 15 - 19, 2022 - Registration

Funny Bone Comedy Camp

Ages 10 - 13

SUJR1: July 18 - 22, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

Do you have a funny kid? Or, maybe a child who could use some more laughter?

This camp is for everyone who loves to laugh. Professional comedian coach Marc Hallworth from Toronto will help kids develop their comedic skills through their personal stories, through stand-up comedy and improv comedy skills.

This camp will tickle anyone’s funny bone!

Register

SUJR1: July 18 - 22, 2022 - Registration

Name in Lights

Ages 13* - 16

NL1: July 11 - 15, 2022
NL2: August 8 - 12, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

This session is for students interested in pursuing theatre classes in high school or are presently registered in a secondary drama class. The classes teach more advanced skills in acting technique.

Students will explore comedic and dramatic scripts and monologues. They will learn, set design, lighting and basic make up theory. Although most of the instruction will focus on stage acting and production, a NEW unit on screen acting skills will be introduced. Students will learn on camera acting technique. They will record an audition tape and slate as an introduction to film acting. The program will also include guest instructors.

In addition to creating an audition tape, actors will perform a showcase and play on stage at the Firehall theatre for family and friends.

Register

NL1: July 11 - 15, 2022 - Registration
NL2: August 8 - 12, 2022 - Registration

Comedy Kids

Ages 13* - 16

SUINT1: August 15 - 19, 2022

9:00am - 4:00pm
Firehall Theatre

$195/week

Do you have a kid who is funny and loves to laugh? Or, maybe has lost or hidden their sense of humour lately?

Making people laugh is a gift and a skill. Professional comedian Marc Hallworth knows the tricks of the trade. Marc will teach comedy skills needed to write and/or perform on stage in comedy sets through improv and stand-up comedy skills - and maybe even some sketch comedy.

The focus of this camp is to inspire kids to trust their creative instincts, to find their comedic voices and encourage their self-expression - and have fun!

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SUINT1: August 15 - 19, 2022 - Registration

Health & Safety

We know how difficult the restrictions have been on kids and are excited to provide live instruction where they can socialize and learn in a safe environment.

The Northumberland Players have medical grade air scrubbers and hand sanitizing stations. Provincial protocols and safety practices will be followed for the combination of indoor and outdoor activities.

We are back in a working theatre and the Firehall Theatre will be used for showcases and play performances. As we get closer to the camp weeks we will evaluate government Covid regulations and will inform parents of the safety protocols.

Please keep in mind we tend to be more cautious than government regulations. If government regulations change and alter the class sizes, we will reserve spots according to sign up dates so “the early bird gets the worm.” If parents want a tour of the facility please contact the Artistic director.

Registration Information
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Your spot is not confirmed until payment is received and you have received a confirmation email from us.
  • Payment by e-transfer is preferred. Payment instructions are included in the checkout process.
Cancellation Policy
  • If for any reason the the camps are cancelled due to government policy changes before the camps start a full refund will be given.
  • If a camp is cancelled part way through the camp a refund for the days not attended will be given.
  • If you cancel less than 14 days before the start of your session a $100 refund will be given. A full refund less a $40 admin fee will be given if the spot is filled with a camper on a waiting list.
  • If you cancel after payment but more than 14 days before the start of your session, you will receive a refund less a $40 admin fee.
Illness During Camp

If your child is ill during camp we will give a credit for future youth workshops and camps. $35 per day missed.