McCarter Theatre Center’s Summer Camp programs give students entering grades K-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 last year’s High School Intensive wrote, “I came into the project not knowing what to expect; I was nervous and a little timid. From the first minute, though, I really felt welcome with everyone from the other campers to the directing staff. I felt safe, and it allowed me to push myself to the extremes of my abilities without the fear of being judged.”

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, “I really got to express my creativity as an actor and expand my horizons, and I got to make friends and work with cool people!”

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 World-Builders, a camp exploring all facets of theatrical storytelling, and/or Playmakers, in which students write and perform their own scripts. Young artists entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades can really develop their acting chops through Improv and Beyond and Scene Study.

In the popular Musical Theatre Workshop, campers entering 4th through 8th grades can 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: Comedy Conservatory will offer the chance to work with a professional playwright, director, and guest artists to create and perform an original “backstage farce.” 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? E-mail classes@mccarter.org or call 609-258-6510.

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