Drama Camp

Sign up for a weeklong program where the students go from zero to production. Professional theatrical educators from Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, will arrive in Calumet with lights, set, costumes, and props: everything needed to put on a play – except the cast!

Students will be cast by the MCT Tour Actor/Directors on Monday, during the first day of  camp. Throughout the week, practices and workshops will prepare students to share the play with the community on Friday and Saturday.

MCT Tour Actor/Directors will also lead enrichment workshops throughout the week to enhance creativity, social skills, self-esteem and communication skills in this fun, educational performing arts program.

Dates:

Monday, June 24, 2024 – Saturday, June 29, 2024

Times:

Monday – Thursday 9:30-3:30
Friday 9:30-8:00
Saturday 9:00-12:00

Who:

Any student K-12, no experience necessary!

Where:

The Calumet Theatre
340 6th St. Calumet

Cost:

$175 per student
Each enrolled sibling will receive a $40 discount.
Kaleidoscope students with summer vouchers may use one towards the cost of the camp.

Performances:

Friday, June 28th 6:00pm
Saturday, June 29th 10:00am

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets will be available for purchase right at the Calumet Theatre ticket counter. One free adult ticket is included with every registration!

Show Synopsis:

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents THE PIED PIPER, an original adaptation of the classic children’s tale. What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? Sara, an orphan girl, and the other Townspeople of Hamelin Town turn to the Mayor of Hamelin and the Council when their town is threatened. They then call on the Pied Piper to save them from the troublesome creatures. The Mayor's children, staff, and the Cooks also join in the endeavor. Find out what happens when the town chooses not to pay the Piper and the children are led away from the town along with the rats!

Covid-19 Guidelines:

MCT will defer to the local health department regarding social distancing, group size, and mask requirements.

How will my child benefit from this experience?

The primary goal of MCT – indeed, the organization’s mission – is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. This educational performing arts program was designed to enhance creativity, social skills, self-esteem and communication skills.

Should the students prepare anything for the audition?

The audition will take place Monday during camp. No preparation is needed. The team of actors/directors will guide the children through the audition process with easy to follow instructions on basic movement, lines and song. Students should come ready to have a good time!

What if my child would like to be part of the play but doesn’t want to act?

During the audition on Monday during camp, as many as four Assistant Directors (ADs), ages ten and older, may be selected to help teach and direct the show early in the week as well as take on technical responsibilities at performance time. Their logistical help and creative ideas are a vital part of our process and the experience of the ADs can be just as valuable as that of any cast member. 

My child can’t make the audition day; can they still be in the show?

If a child is not able to audition on Monday during camp hours, unfortunately, they will not be able to participate in the show. This is the time when the team is able to assess the abilities of the children auditioning, which in turn helps them to cast the child in the role that is just right for them.

What happens if my child gets sick during the week of the show?

MCT understands that illness may occur during the week and the Tour Team will try their best to accommodate a missed rehearsal due to an illness. However, due to the short time frame the cast has to prepare for the performance, if your child is out for more than one day it may not be possible for them to still participate in the role that they were cast.

May I stay and observe?

Of course! However, be aware that students may want to surprise parents at the end of the week with what they’ve accomplished.

Who will be visiting our community?

A team of two adult, professional Actor/Directors will be visiting your community for the week. These individuals are typically college graduates with training in either education, theatre, musical theatre or a combination. During their week-long residencies throughout the continent and beyond, MCT Tour Actor/Directors serve as ambassadors for the arts; especially the theatre. They have the joy of directing and performing as well as the adventure of travel. Simply put, they have the opportunity and the privilege to change the lives of thousands of young people by carrying out MCT’s Mission.

What do I need to provide?

  • Pack a snack and a lunch for your child to bring with them daily. Please do not drop food off during the day. Food break timings will vary slightly day-to-day and we do not want to have a student miss out because a delivery hasn’t been made, or rehearsal to be disrupted with food deliveries.
  • A water bottle. It is very important that the students are able to stay well hydrated during rehearsal. Water fountains are available on-site for refilling water bottles.
  • Lightweight, comfortable clothes. They will be up and dancing and moving a lot and it is important that students dress accordingly. For students’ safety, please only wear shoes with closed toes and a heel. No flip-flops or sandals, please.

Parent/Guardian Volunteers:

We need you! We are looking for help supervising lunches, running activities, and general supervision. Each volunteer will be given two (2) tickets to the show!