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Theatre Junior Campers
Theatre Junior Campers
Theatre Junior Campers
Theatre Junior Campers

Theatre Arts Camp Junior
July 12 - 17, 2015

Grades 6 - 8, grade completion


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Develop your theatre skills with the best thespians in the area!

Campers enjoy a week packed with theatre activities that include production rehearsals, daily workshops, acting classes, theatre games, and improvisation exercises. Every camper receives coaching. The aim is to help everyone reach his or her theatrical goals. Campers are in a production that rehearses each day and is performed at the end of the week. This year's theme is Fantasy and Sci - Fi.

All activities are taught by faculty, alumni, guest artists, and graduate and undergraduate students of the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University. The evenings are for a variety of recreational and theatre activities. Evening and overnight supervision is provided by counselors. 

For more information about fees, need scholarships, discounts, housing, meals, refunds, etc, see the general information section. Click here for a registration form to print, complete, and mail or fax. Here is a flyer to post for students.

Morning Activities

Improvisation Exercises

Start the day with an hour of learning how to think on your feet. This is acting in the moment and provides a great warm-up for the rest of the day's activities.

Acting Scenes

Campers work on specific acting techniques and exercises throughout the week.

Afternoon Activities

Production Rehearsals

The production is rehearsed every afternoon and is performed for family and friends at the end of the week. Campers are assigned to a production on Monday and rehearse with the same group and director all week. 

Daily Workshops

Campers participate in a different workshop each day.  A list of workshop choices and a sign-up form will be sent to registered campers in packets about a month before the start of camp. Campers are assigned to workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a list of workshops that have been among the choices in past years, though please note that not every workshop is offered every summer.

Evening Activities

Campers enjoy a variety of activities in the evenings. Here are a few:

  • Talent Show - Bring your tap shoes or musical instrument to camp and have a blast showing off your stuff in the talent show. Participation is optional. There is a three-minute time limit for performances.
  • Storytelling Evening - A storytelling activity led by the camp staff engages campers in telling their own stories.
  • New Special Workshop - We have a special new activity planned for this year, stay tuned for details!
  • Film Night - This has become a popular camp tradition.

About the Camp Staff

Learn more about camp director Nathan Wyman and his staff

Check-In/Final Performance

SUNDAY:  Check-in is on Sunday between 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. First, campers and parents check-in at the Music Building to pick up packets. Then, they check into their rooms in nearby Gilbert Hall, the camp residence hall. 
FRIDAY:  The final performance is on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. After the show, at about 8:00 p.m., parents and campers return to the residence hall to pick up campers' belongings.

All camp activities are scheduled in the Holmes Student Center.     

Note: All times are subject to change. Be sure to check the camper letter that you will receive about one month before the start of camp to confirm the information.