This year our show is the beloved classic, “Mary Poppins, Jr.”
Our full-day five-week Musical Theater Company exposes children to the many elements that go into live performances of musical theater productions. We seek to teach the value of team work and practice ensemble building. We encourage students to participate in both behind the scenes duties and live performances. Students not only collaborate with others but are also recognized for their individuality, while working within the structure of preparing for our performances. Our goal for them is to work hard while having fun and emerge with a sense of great pride and accomplishment.
Ensemble Building Older students connect with younger students and practice mentoring skills. Students learn how to be a member of our theater ensemble.
Art for Theater Students learn about stage make up and experiment with character make up. They design and create specific parts of their costumes for the show in addition to participating in designing and making props, sets, and scenery. They contribute individual artwork to enhance their performance space.
Young Storytellers Rising 2nd & 3rd graders create stories and use their imagination to bring them to life. Parents are invited to a special young storyteller presentation during our camp day.
Scene Work Students work as an ensemble. When appropriate, roles in the production will be shared. Each student is given the opportunity to speak during the performance. Younger students learn how to navigate listening to each other and being on stage. Students with more experience undertake more responsibility learning blocking and scenes.
Vocals Students move through rotation blocks to experience multiple aspects of musical theater productions. Music and vocal coaching - students learn music from the show after warm ups and vocal exercises. Each rotation we work on musical numbers. Soloists and choral singers work with the music director to perfect their songs.
Community Time Allows students to connect with the larger camp population. Lunch and playtime are opportunities to socialize outside of production-based rotations. Forming friendships is supportive of the ensemble experiences. Additionally, MTC members are invited to participate in some of the Afternoon Camp Theme Day activities.
Dance Class Students are given the opportunity to stretch and learn technique along with learning about musical theater style. Students learn about what it means to tell a story with their bodies. Choreography from the show is also taught during this class.
Stage Movement This is an MTC Community Class. Students have older/younger buddies and work in a mentoring capacity as we engage in improvisational and exploratory movement. Exercises include both independent and group work, as students go through the paces of learning stage combat, animal movement, creative entrances and exits and learning about how gravity and emotions can be expressed through their bodies.
A Word about Casting Roles are cast in our production after careful consideration of many factors. Ensemble singing and dancing and conversations with each cast member with the teachers are components of what is a student-driven process. In casting the production's roles, we have your student's best opportunity for growth and success in mind. We appreciate your support of the casting process of our production.
Sample Daily Schedule:
8:30-8:40 Morning Welcome
10:00-10:45am Vocals & Music
10:50-11:25am Full Company Stage Movement
11:30-11:40am All Afternoon Programs Community Time
12:05-12:35pm Playtime, Buddies & Mentoring
12:40-1:40pm Young Storytellers Scenes
1:45-2:40pm Art for Theater
2:45-3:10pm Full Company Presents, Wrap Up and Closing
3:15-3:30pm Carpool & Dismissal
This popular program is suitable for the beginning or experienced performer. An audition is not required.
Performances are Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25.
The program concludes with a cast party during our final class morning on Friday, July 26.
A group photo, basic costume pieces and 4 show tickets are included in the program fee.
Enroll now to secure your space. This program will sell out!
Coordinator: Cheryl Factor, Crossroads Faculty
Co-Director/Choreographer: Ricka Glucksman, Crossroads Summer Faculty
Musical Director and Accompanist: tba
Course #: 161
Section 1: 6/24-7/26*/2019 M-F 8:30-3:30 $3000
School is closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.
*On Friday, July 26 this class ends at 11:30 a.m. However, Musical Theater Company members are welcome to remain at school for our special afternoon play-day until the 3:30 p.m. dismissal.
This program does not include swimming. However, students may enroll in Private Swim Lessons, Swim Team or Wave Runners. See information about these programs in the Aquatics section of our website.