If your child enjoys the limelight then this is the summer camp for them. Your budding actor will learn theatre terminology, acting technique, vocal exercises and dance steps that will prepare them for an amazing performance. Your child will experience daily classes and rehearsals in a fun and rewarding environment that will have them feeling like a star.
To Register: Registration begins in March 2021. Click to register here
2021 Camp Dates & Times:
Frozen Jr. : June 28- July 9th (Youth)
Annie Jr: July 12- July 23rd (Youth)
Emma! The pop musical JV: July 26-August 13th (teen)
All camps run Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm and 1-hour early drop off/late pickup is included in camp fee.
For Ages: 6-12 youth camp or 13+ for teen camp
Where: Children's Dance Theater- Federal Way Location Only. 33639 9th Ave S Federal Way WA 98003
Cost: $50 non-refundable (per participant) deposit due at registration reserves your spot. The remaining balance due 7 days prior to the start of camp. 1-hour early drop-off and/or late pick-up included in camp fee.
Two week Camp: Full camp fee is $395 per person or $355 per 2nd sibling. A savings of $40 on your second child's tuition; limited to one sibling discount per family.
Three week camp: Full camp fee is $425 per person or $385 per 2nd sibling. A savings of $40 on your second child’s tuition; limited to one sibling discount per family
Use promo code: "Theatre camp siblings" for the sibling discount when registering online. This cannot be combined with other discounts.
Early Brid Discount: Register before May 31st and receive a $50 savings off the total camp fee. All camps are eligible for this discount, though it cannot be combined with the other discount.
Use promo code: "Early Bird" to save $50 when enrolling online before May 31st.
Multi Camp Discount: "Multiple theatre" to save $40 on multiple camps. This cannot be combined with other discounts
Casting Workshop: Join us for a fun day to determine roles in the show! Saturday June TBD, 2021 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Federal Way location.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your attendance policies? Excellent attendance is critical to a good performance. Actors should not plan on missing any days of camp. They will miss critical practice. Other than sickness, Actor need to attend each day and all the performances. Performances are mandatory!
What does my actor need each day of camp? Actors should wear loose comfortable clothes that they can move and dance in. The participants will be very active and should dress appropriately for a busy physical day. Actors also need to bring their script and a pencil each day. A highlighter is also recommended.
Finally actors need to provide their own lunch, snacks and water.
We have a no technology policy for all of our camps. Actors will not need to bring phones, tablets or other devices. In addition to rehearsal we have various projects plan that relate to our camp and other quiet “downtime” activities. Actors may bring other fun quiet activities that they are willing to share with other campers.
How is casting determined? We have a wonderful casting workshop before camp begins. During this workshop all actors will participate in various acting games, cold reads, vocal exercises and be taught some choreography. Don’t worry if your child is new to theater. Our instructors prepare an fun and instructional workshop for the novice and experienced actor.
After the workshop is over, the directors will cast the show. Many factors determine casting. Directors have to take in to account the needs of the show as described in the script. A child’s vocal range needs to be taken into account, we can’t cast a baritone in a soprano role for example. Every effort is made to give every child a part that they can be proud of and will help them grow as an artist and have fun. It is important to encourage your child to have an open mind when attending auditions. Casting results are final
Where is the performance venue? Due to COVID19 the traditional performance inside a theatre is not an option. We have come up with two creative solutions for our 2021 camp performances. Performances will be held at 2pm on the final day of camp.
Option A an outdoor performance will be held in our parking lot. A limited number of in person audiences will be allowed, per the outdoor performing arts guidance at that time. (This will be confirmed the Monday before the show). A private but sharable livestream link will be provided to registered actors to share with their family and friends. A digital copy will also be provided camp families as a part of the camp fee.
Option B will be a virtual/livestream performance inside the studio. We will convert our studio into a "black box" theatre and record/livestream the performance. Parents and friends will receive a free livestream link that can be shared to family and friends. For actor safety this link is not meant to be shared to the general public. Families will be able to download a digital recording of the show as a part of their camp fee.
How much are tickets? This year, the performance will be a part of the camp fee. The digital copy will be made available for rental a $5 "on demand" rental for those that couldn't attend the livestream 48 hours after the performance.
How do you communicate to parents about important camp details? We pride ourselves on a high level of organization and communication. Once you register for camp your information will be entered into our database. This will enable us to send you periodic emails until camp begins. Once camp begins we use an App called Team App. This gives you direct access to the directors. You will find all camp related documents, schedules, and notices in team app. In team app you will also find access to our closed facebook group. This group is for registered guardians of actors only. Directors will use this group to post videos of camp activities and it is a helpful practice tool also, especially with choreography. Please make sure that all posts, questions and concerns are helping to gain clarification in a positive manner. Of course it is always great to speak with the directors directly also!
What does my actor wear for the performance? Our theater camp culminates in an amazing performance. Actors must provide a “base” costume, typically items that can be found in their closet or inexpensively. Our costumer provides the specialty needed costume items for each character. These items are “one size fits most”, such as a vest and a hat that is appropriate for the character. Very specific characters may be asked to find their own costume per the directors direction. This information is given to actors at the casting workshop and is our team app. Actors will need to provide their own footwear. Dance shoes are typically recommended. We offer a 30% discount to registered campers if they buy the shoes from our inventory.
Do you video tape the performance? Yes, we will be recording the performance in house this year and enrolled participants will be able to download one digital copy as a part of the camp fee. Additional downloads may be purchased $
Is previous experience needed? Not at all, what is more important is a willingness to try something new and be a little silly! Our directors are seasoned teachers who are able to teach a variety of levels and incorporate the special skill and uniqueness of each child into the show. If your child has previous experience that is wonderful also. Our directors will help them take their performance skills to the next level. But don’t just ask us, here are some great testimonials from parents of previous camp participants;
” I have one sad cookie that there’s no camp tomorrow. She had such an amazing 3 weeks (and weekend) ad doesn’t want it to be over. Thanks Stephanie, Katie and Savana for a wonderful production building these (new and old) friendships, and loving these kids! Any chance you want to go another 3 weeks?” – Christina Forte
“Cece Loved camp! Thanks for exposing her to some new and exciting talents!”- Kimberly Biesanz
“Drake had such a great time working with everyone, I’m still in shock that they put that together in 3 weeks”- Nicole James Hedrick
“Thank you Stephanie, Katie and Savana and ALL the cast and crew of The Little Mermaid Jr. Katrina had such a wonderful time and made many new friends. “- David Burns