Introduce Your Children to the Arts with Cincinnati Playhouse Summer Camps and Performance Academy

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CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s season of one-week Summer Camps and three-week Performance Academy programs are now on sale at cincyplay.com for 2018. The one-week camps introduce children grades 1 to 10 to the world of art using unique, book-based themes. The three-week Performance Academy enables children in grades 3 to 12 to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. No acting experience is required.

“Your children don’t need to be actors to learn and have fun at our summer camps and performance academy,” says Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement. “Each camp introduces or furthers your child’s appreciation of the arts. They also build confidence and encourage creativity.”

The programs focus on developing individual and collective skills in a fun, supportive, process-based environment. The children are grouped by age, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to provide quality appropriate instruction. The courses are taught by local professional artists and educators.

Each week of summer camp is based on the works of famous authors including J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, Stan Lee and C.S. Lewis. At the end of the camp, children will participate in a 10-minute performance piece for friends and family.

Theme camps available are:

TIME TRAVEL WITH MADELEINE L’ENGLE on June 4-8, 2018
Believing takes practice! Be transported through time and space as we explore the classic tale of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Performers will travel to new and distant lands, pitting good against evil as they write their own scenes and create worlds through theatre crafts. Your children will learn Playwriting, Theatre Crafts, Improvisation and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, June 8, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF J.K. ROWLING on June 11–15, 2018
Accio imagination! Enter the extraordinary world of J.K Rowling where wizards duel and magical creatures roam. Performers will be sorted into houses, learn the dueling arts, create potions and design their own wizarding school attire. Your children will learn Acting, Theatre Crafts, Stage Combat and Improvisation. Showcase Performance on Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 6, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE TOPSY TURVY WORLD OF DR. SEUSS on June 18-22, 2018
Oh, the things you can think! How many thoughts can you think at drama camp? Enter the zany world of Dr. Seuss in this exciting week of puppet-making and physical comedy during which performers will invent characters and enact beloved stories from Dr. Seuss. Your children will learn Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Improvisation and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, June 22, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 6, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE MAGICAL MUSICAL THEATRE OF ROALD DAHL on June 25-29, 2018
What you imagine can sometimes come true! The exciting stories of Roald Dahl have been turned into some of the most beloved and popular musicals on Broadway. In addition to learning introductory dance, singing and acting, groups will learn selections from Matilda, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach! Your children will learn Singing, Dancing and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 13, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE FANTASTICAL KINGDOMS OF C.S. LEWIS on July 9-13, 2018
Have you dreamed of magic such as this? Travel to the fantastical realms of C.S. Lewis in this week-long adventure where performers develop magical creatures who join in on the valiant battle to protect the kingdom. Your children will learn Stage Combat, Character Creation, Improvisation and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, July 13, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 27, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF STAN LEE on July 16-20, 2018
Avengers assemble! We are calling all superheroes, villains and masterminds to bring to life the marvelous world of comic book genius Stan Lee. Performers will create a theme song and sound effects to accompany epic fights between the superheroes and villains. Your children will learnSound Design, Stage Combat, Improvisation and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, July 20, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on July 11, 2018. Tuition: $295

THE TRAGIC TALES OF LEMONY SNICKET on July 23-27, 2018
What might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey. Join us as we discover, design and create the mysterious world of Lemony Snicket. Performers will develop exciting characters that will entice the imagination. Your children will learn Design Bootcamp, Character Creation, Improvisation and Acting. Showcase Performance on Friday, July 27, at 4 p.m. Deadline for registration on July 11, 2018. Tuition: $295

Performance Academy is for incoming 3rd to 12th graders who want to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. Participants, organized by age, will take technique and special skills classes as well as rehearse a play that will be performed for friends and family before the camp ends.

Performance Academy courses available are:

PETER PAN on June 11-29, 2018
Incoming 3rd to 12th grade
Think happy thoughts and let your imagination take flight! This three-week Performance Academy camp will help you gain a deeper understanding of blocking and rehearsal practices while putting together a non-musical production of Peter Pan! Your children will learn Acting, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Physical Comedy and Puppetry. Performance on June 30, at 6 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 6, 2018. Tuition: $995

MYTHS & MONSTERS on July 9-27, 2018
Incoming 7th to 12th grade
Delve into the world of heroes, mystical beings and magical creatures! Tap into the stuff of legends to write, devise and perform a play from scratch in this three-week Performance Academy camp! Your children will learn Devised Acting, Ensemble-based Movement, Playwriting, Sound Effects Design, Stage Combat, Design Bootcamp, Character Creation and Improvisation. Performance on July 27, at 5:30 p.m. Deadline for registration on June 27, 2018. Tuition: $995

“The Playhouse believes everyone has a voice,” says Blake Robison, artistic director. “The camps and Performance Academy are designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of ensemble and community.”

All Summer Camp and Performance Academy programs will be offered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To register, visit cincyplay.com, or call 513-421-3888. If participants register before Feb. 28, they receive an early registration discount of $50 off each camp program.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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