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 theatre 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 1st or 2nd grade Page to Stage offers the chance to create an original performance based on a beloved children’s book. Those entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades can choose In Their Shoes, a camp that investigates stories from every character’s point of view, and/or Play Makers: The Game’s Afoot!, in which students write and perform their own scripts. Young artists entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades can really develop their acting chops through Yes And!: An Improv Exploration and Creating a Character.

In the popular Musical Theatre Workshop, campers entering 4th through 8th 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 inspired by a popular young adult novel. Select students entering 8th grade may participate in both with special permission.

Registration and further information is available at www.mccarter.org/summercamps. Financial aid may be available for qualifying families. Questions? Email classes@mccarter.org or call 609-258-6510.

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