Theater Programs

Theater Plus Multi Arts Programs

Dance Programs

Music Programs

Who Will Play Peter Pan?

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This article by Lynn Miller was prepared for the May 29, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Summer Camps for Young Performers

Making it big in the Big Apple does not depend solely

on luck, but also on looks, talent, and training.

If it is your child who has the ambition to be the next John Lithgow

or Ethan Hawke, you can’t do much about the looks or the talent, but

you can at least arrange for the training. Both Lithgow and Hawke

trained at McCarter — Hawke made his professional acting debut

there in "St. Joan."

If our story about a child actress (page 14) inspires you to help

your own child embark on a professional career, here are some places

to start. Of course any of these programs are also excellent for achieving

what has become a cliche (but is actually true), Poise and Grace.

In order to include as many listings as possible, we have

omitted exact dates, times, and costs. Call the program for those


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Theater Programs

Drama Camps, Princeton YMCA, Johnson Park School, 609-497-9622.

Acting, drama, scene setting, and improvisation for grades kindergarten

through third.

Theater Camp, Hamilton Area YMCA, Liberty Lakes,

Columbus, 609-581-9622. One-week session for grades 4 to 6 features

writing, improvisation, character, scene building, and acting techniques.

Television Production, Hillsborough Township Recreation,

908-722-8392. Studio and field shoot experiences, acting for television,

script writing, story boards, production, and editing. One field trip

per week. World premiere of student work at end of session. $595.

Theater Classics, Hun School, 176 Edgerstoune Road,

Princeton, 609-921-7600. ( Four-week intensive

programs in everything about production from design and budgeting

to actual performance. Interview and audition required. For ages 12

to 18.

Performance Camp, Hunterdon County Park System,

1020 Route 31, Lebanon, 908-782-1158. Music, dialogue, inventive staging,

choreography, sets, and costumes. Taught by Flying Ship Productions,

an original musical is staged for family and friends.

Playshops, Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, 1200

Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-586-4800. ( Theater

classes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade during the

school year. Saturday morning, eight-week session. Times vary by age.

Performance at the end of each session.

Theater and Drama Workshop, Montgomery Center for the

Arts , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. (

Monday to Friday, July 15 to 19. First to third grade from 9:30 a.m.

to noon; fourth to sixth grade from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Create stage versions

of story characters, theater games, movement, and arts and crafts.

$365 for non-members.

Summer with McCarter, McCarter Education, 91 University

Place, Princeton, 609-258-6510. Five-week program includes acting,

improvisation, combat, make-up, mime, movement, Shakespeare studies,

and stagecraft. Auditions were held earlier this month, but other

educational programs are held during the school year. For high school

students accepted after audition. Program Season ends with three public

performances each of "Hamlet" and "Much Ado About Nothing,"


Passage Theater Conservatory, Mercer County College,

James Kearney Campus, Broad and Hanover streets, Trenton, 609-392-0766.

( Professional conservatory program in theater and dance

includes acting, musical theater, scene study, ballet, and jazz.

Summer Theater Workshop, New Jersey Repertory Theater,

1795 Oak Road, North Brunswick, 732-821-6644. Two-week workshops for

grades 3 to 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Dance instruction, vocal coaching,

stage directions, and behind the scenes activities. Evening performance

at end of each session. $150 per session; $200 for both.

New York Film Academy, Princeton University campus, 212-674-4300.

( Four-week filmmaking workshop, $2,000. Six-week filmmaking

workshop, $3,000. Four-week acting for film workshop, $2,500.

Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, Paper Mill Playhouse,

Millburn Middle School, 973-379-3636. Summer program for ages 10 to

18, by audition only, includes musical theater, music theory, acting,

improvisation, speech and diction, jazz, ballet, tap, ballroom, stage

make-up, mime, audition techniques, stage design and management, and

the history of musical theater. Year-round theater classes for ages

4 to over 60.

Clown Academy, Princeton Academy of Sacred Heart,

101 Drakes Corner Road, Princeton, 609-921-6499. Miming, pie-throwing,

make-up, unicycling, juggling, stilt-walking, costuming, tumbling,

and acrobatics. For ages 9 to 16.

Rep Apprentice Program, Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival,

Princeton University Campus, 609-921-3682. Intensive 10-week pre-professional

acting training program in movement, voice, and acting. Master classes,

audition, work backstage and front of house. Shakespeare production

at conclusion. Housing on campus available. $1,000.

Drama Camp, Princeton YMCA, 609-497-9622. Introduction

to acting and drama for grades kindergarten to 3. $235 a week. Teen

Comedy Improv Workshop, for grades 6 to 8, is held during the school


Puppetry, YWCA of Princeton, Paul Robeson Place, 609-497-2100.

Age group 6 to 8 in the morning, and ages 9 to 12 in the afternoon,

explore the art of puppetry, Monday to Friday, July 15 to 19. Construct

a puppet, build theater and scenery, and stage a performance.

Puttin’ on the Ritz, The Ritz Theater, 915 White Horse

Pike, Oaklyn, 856-858-5230. Year-round theater program for children

and teens.

Musical Theater Camps, Academy of Dance Arts in Whitehouse

Station , 908-638-4880. ( Two-week

session for ages 12 to 18, Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 19; ages

7 to 11, Monday, July 22, to Friday, August 2; and Monday, August

5, to Friday, August 16. Performance on the last day of class. Audition

is required.

Summer Stars Academy, The Actors’ Net of Bucks County,

635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, PA, 215-295-3694. (

Acting, music, and dance workshop for kids age 7 to 17. $300 for the

four-week course, Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16.

The Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,

Princeton. ( One-week dramatic arts

programs for ages 4 to 12. Performance on the final day of each workshop.

$260. The Teen Scene is held during the school year.

Acting Clinic, Shoestring Players, Douglas Campus,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 732-932-9772. Two-week acting clinic

with the professional, non-profit theater company. From Tuesday to

Saturday, August 6 to 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon, for grades 4 to 8. $200.

(Auditions have been held, but check to see if places are still available).

Summer Arts Program, Villagers Theater, 475 DeMott

Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2710. 11th year of theater arts program for

ages 6 to 16 includes dance, movement, acting, voice, and production


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Theater Plus Multi Arts Programs

Art and Technology Camp, Cranbury Arts Council,

Cranbury School, 212-674-4300. ( Acting

workshop, Introduction to TV production, Make-up and Special Effects,

Music Composition, Rockin’ Jammin’ Ensemble, all Monday to Friday,

July 8 to 19.

Music and Art, Allegra School, 856 Route 206, Belle

Mead, 908-874-4351. Age-appropriate workshops in music and art for

ages 1 1/2 to 15. Music and art appreciation, band, choral singing,

theater, story-telling, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and pastels.

Summer Arts Camp, Buckingham Friends School, 5684

York Road, Lahaska, PA, 215-794-7491. ( Three two-week

sessions. Visual and performing arts for first through eighth graders.

Performance Workshop, Connections Dance Theater,

Unitarian Universalist Church, Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-895-2981.

Eight-day workshop from Wednesday to Friday, June 19 to 28, for children

ages 5 to 13, includes modern dance, improvisation, mime, creative

drama, rhythm drumming, dance gymnastics, and musical vocalizing.

Camp College, Mercer County College, 1200 Old Trenton

Road, West Windsor, 609-586-4800. ( Advanced chorus,

Fun with Shakespeare, I Wanna Dance, and Star Search are Camp College

choices for ages 10 to 12. Two sessions of Monday to Thursday classes

from Monday, June 24, to Thursday, August 15. $775 for four weeks;

$2,317 for eight weeks.

Tomato Patch, Mercer County College, 1200 Old Trenton

Road, West Windsor, 609-586-4800. ( Visual and performing

arts summer workshop for 5th through 12th grade students with interest

in theater, dance, music, or visual art. Students major in one area

and choose classes in other disciplines. Performance at the end of

the session. $425 to $525.

Arts Classes, Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860

House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. (

Art classes throughout the day during the June 24 to August 16 camp

include multi-cultural art, printmaking, self portraits, drawing,

watercolor painting, mixed media, weaving, and silk painting. See

above for drama.

Camp Middlesex, Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge

Avenue, Edison, 732-906-2556. Camps in theater, dance, and arts available

for ages 6 to 18.

Performing Arts, Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrence

Road, Lawrenceville, 609-882-7900. Performing arts is one of the workshops

for 7th to 12th grade students. Tuesday, July 9 to Friday, August

2. $240.

Summer Arts Program, Peddie School, Hightstown,

609-490-7550. ( Theater camp, Green Apple Theater,

and visual arts program for ages 7 to 15. Acting, creative drama,

dance, drawing, musical theater, voice, painting, and sculpture.

Explore and Experience the Arts, Performing Arts High

School , 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-586-3550. (

Three-week course in dance and drama techniques for grades 8 to 12.

Monday, July 22, to Friday, August 9. $100. Production at the end.

Performing Arts Academy, The Actors’ Net of Bucks County,

635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, PA, 215-295-3694. (

(new)) Acting, dance, singing, and piano. Year-round program for young

performers age seven through teens.

The Allegra School of Music & Arts, 856 Route 206, Belle

Mead, 908-874-4351. Each two-week session includes acting techniques,

activities, games, group vocal singing, creating scenery and backdrop,

and a music production for families and friends. Call for dates, times,

and cost.

The Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street,

Princeton. ( Classes in performing

and visual arts throughout the year.

Pre-College Summer Institute, University of the Arts,

320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-717-6430. (

High school programs in musical theater, drama, screen directing,

video production, and instrumental jazz.

Visual and Performing Arts, Stuart Country Day School,

1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, 609-921-2330. Improvisation, mime, jazz

dance, musical theater, printing, watercolors, and quilting.

Performing Arts, West Windsor Recreation, Grover

Middle School, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. (

Modern dance, drama, vocal music, and filming. Two one-week sessions

for ages 11 to 14. $175 for one week; $325 for two weeks.

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Dance Programs

Summer Workshop, Princeton Ballet School, Princeton

Shopping Center, Cranbury, and New Brunswick, 609-921-7758. Ballet,

modern dance, jazz, and composition. Audition required.

Lily Schrager Program in Creative Dance for Children,

Rutgers University, Nicholas Music Center, Douglas Campus, 732-932-8497.

For children ages 4 to 12 to gain physical coordination, explore movement,

introduction to modern and ballet dance technique.

Dance Mania, South Brunswick YMCA, 329 Culver Road,

Monmouth Junction, 732-329-1150. Introduction to a variety of dance

movements and music. Ages 6 to 10; Monday to Friday, August 5 to 9,

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $130.

Ballet Workshop 2002, The Dance Conservatory, 8919

New Falls Road, Levittown, PA, 215-946-0100. Four-week program for

ages 8 to 18 with a gala at the end of the session. Daily classes

in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and variations.

The Dance Corner, Southfield Shopping Center, 609-799-9677.

Four-week sessions in July for ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and jazz

for all ages.

Dance, Turning Point Dance Center, 289 Route 33,

Manalapan, 732-792-0111. Dance arts for ages 2 1/2 to adult. Call

for dates, times, and cost.

Dance Camp, West Windsor Recreation, High School

South, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. ( For

ages 5 to 14. Monday to Friday, July 8 to July 19, and July 22 to

August 2. Full and half days. $225 to $400.

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Music Programs

International FAME Festival and School, Lawrenceville

School, 732-477-2550 (fax). ( Students from

over 20 countries study in classical or jazz, orchestral instruments,

and piano. Auditions required.

Westminster Choir College, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton,

609-921-7104. Three children’s choirs for students in grades 2 to

8. Youth Choral is an honors choir for high school students. Wind

Ensemble for students in grades 9 to 12.

Summer Camps, Westminster Conservatory, 101 Walnut

Lane, Princeton, 609-921-7104. ( Musical Jamboree,

Opera Workshop, and Flute Camp are choices for ages 4 through high


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Who Will Play Peter Pan?

As we were sending this issue about the child actors

to press, the chance for one child’s Big Break came over the fax.

Sony is holding an open casting call for a boy age 12 to 14 to play

Peter Pan in a feature film. To begin production this summer, "Peter

Pan" will be directed by P.J. Hogan, director of "Muriel’s

Wedding" and "My Best Friend’s Wedding."

No acting experience is necessary, just bring a picture no larger

than 4 x 6 inches to Marty Keener Cherrix, location casting director,

on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Princeton Marriott in

Forrestal Village.

— Lynn Miller

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