ATTENDANCE If your child is ill, please keep them home that day. We ask that you contact us at 240-252-3253 to let us know they will be absent.
CONTACT INFO You may reach us by calling 240-252-3253 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be checked daily. If it is a timely issue please call.
COSTUMES Each play is fully costumed. We provide most costumes, but we may ask you to provide some basic pieces such as a white shirt, black pants, or black shoes. We will send home a note with your child to let you know what they should bring in. Please be sure to label these items so they can be returned safely.
DRESS CODE Campers should wear comfortable clothes that they can move in. Tennis shoes are preferred. We will be spending time outside as weather allows. Please apply sunblock to your child in the morning if you wish.
FOOD Campers should bring a packed lunch and drink every day. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available. A daily snack will be provided. If your child has food allergies you may wish to send an alternate snack for them.
HOURS/LOCATION Camp will be held from 9-3 at the Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, Maryland. Drop off/pick up will be from the front of the school on Sangamore Rd. Aftercare is available from 3- 5:30pm for $100/week. You must pre-register for aftercare.
PERFORMANCES Performances are held the last day of camp. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will send a note home the first week to let you know the performance times for the plays. We will be collecting canned food on performance day to donate to a local food bank.
PIZZA On Wednesdays we will order cheese and pepperoni pizzas for lunch for any camper who wants to participate. It is $1.50/slice. We will collect money Wednesday morning. If your child is not having pizza they should bring their lunch as usual.
PLAYS We do 10 plays over the course of the summer (2-3 each session). All plays are musicals. Some plays will be repeated and others will only be performed once. We do not have a set list of what will be done each session, (and the directors reserve the right to change it.)
Past plays have included:
Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The King and I
Once on This Island (kind of a little mermaid story set in the Antilles), Tinokio (about a little robot boy),
Fiddler on the Roof
Ruddigore (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Camp is from 9-3 daily Monday- Friday. We have snack around 10 and lunch around 12. During the day groups will rotate between time on the stage for blocking, music instruction with the musical director, and classroom time which is used for costuming, reviewing lines or whatever the director would like to work on.
The first morning the plays are announced and campers will pick which play they would like to be in. If your child wants to be in the same group as a particular friend, now is the time to speak up! It is often obvious who wants to go together because they are clinging to each other, but it helps us a lot if they advocate for themselves. Each group is approximately 18 campers.
Auditions are held the first day. The campers will work with the musical director to learn a song and will sing in front of their group. They will do some reading auditions. If they have difficulty reading we are glad to help them. Campers do not need to prepare anything ahead of time or have any previous theater experience.
The second day campers should bring a pencil and folder for their script. They will find out their parts and we start rehearsing right away. Every night they should review their blocking and their lines.
Friday afternoon of the first week is a Talent Show. Campers may participate if they wish but are not required to do so. We always enjoy the amazing variety of talent of our campers.
By Monday of the second week campers should be ‘off book’ (have all their lines and blocking memorized).
Dress rehearsal is Thursday of the second week. Families may attend if they have a conflict with attending the performance.
The final day of camp is a busy one with performances and then a cast party held at the end of the day. (NEW!) Campers should bring a treat to share at the cast party such as chips, cookies, or juice.