McCarter Theatre Center’s Summer Camp programs give students entering grades 1-12 the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the creative process. They are a great way for young performers to work with professionals, make friends, learn new skills, and work as an ensemble — all in the joyful spirit of summer.
Campers and parents alike rave about the positive environment at McCarter Summer Camp. One parent told us: “The kids were very supportive to each other and there was a friendly atmosphere throughout, which was delightful to witness.”
A participant in a recent High School Intensive wrote, “I felt really included and the teachers really listened to everything I said. I would say it was one of the best experiences of my life.”
McCarter Summer Camps are designed for students at all experience levels. As with all of McCarter’s education programs, these day camps are taught by skilled theater professionals who create a safe space as campers develop artistic technique, social skills, and imaginative thinking. Campers describe their experience with McCarter as one that helps them grow both as artists and as people. As one camper wrote to us, “This camp has allowed me to become more confident on stage and in myself as a person.”
This summer McCarter Summer Camp has something for everyone. For campers entering first or second grade Page to Stage offers the chance to create an original performance inspired by beloved children’s books.
Those entering third, fourth, and fifth grades can choose World Makers, where they’ll use abstract creative thinking and everyday objects to investigate theatrical storytelling, and/or Play Makers: Believe it or Not?, in which students write and perform their own scripts. Young artists entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades can really develop their acting chops through Improv & Beyond and Scene Study.
In the popular Musical Theatre Workshop, campers entering fourth through eighth grades dig into acting, voice, and dance technique. “The director and crew seem to have read very keenly the students’ strengths in singing, acting, and dancing,” wrote one parent, “and they developed the show in a way that highlighted all the kids and their strengths throughout. It says a great deal about the caliber of the staff and the students’ collaboration.”
At the high school level young artists in Solo Performance will write and perform their own one-person show and the High School Intensive: Musical Theater Lab will offer the chance to work with a professional director and guest artists to workshop an original musical. Select students entering eighth grade may participate in both with special permission.
Financial aid may be available for qualifying families. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-258-6510. Registration and further information is available at www.mccarter.org/summercamp