Summer Day Camp!
Introduce your kids to the magic of theatre with Theatre for Tots! This two-week summer camp for ages 4 to 9 features acting, dance, voice, music, movement, costumes, set design and building, directing and more!
Theatre for Tots summer day camp at the Wood Theater was created in 2016 to provide a fun, unique and accessible educational experience based on theatre and performing arts. The program features activities in areas such as: Acting, Dance, Voice, Music, Movement, Costumes, Set Design & Building, Directing and more!
Children participate in one session, EITHER Morning OR Afternoon sessions. Each session is three hours long and offered during both weeks. We ask that your child stay in the same session during the program unless unexpected circumstances, doctor’s appointments or scheduling conflicts prevent this.
Theatre for Tots is in its fourth year and has had an evolving curriculum since its first year. While similar topics may be covered from year to year, new topics will be introduced allowing your child to perfect old skills and learn brand new ones!
By introducing the two week structure to Theatre for Tots, the intention is to have children participate in both weeks to expand on their creative experience. However, the curriculum is designed to work for both a one week and two week program. This means, if your child is only available for one week (either week one OR week two) they can still participate and have a fantastic, fun learning experience! BUT, if they can come for both, they will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and explore new skills with more time with their peers and instructors.
Our professionally trained instructors create this curriculum specifically for the Theatre for Tots program at the Wood Theater. Our head instructor, Erin Dove, uses the style of differentiated instruction to ensure that children of all ages and skill levels can successfully participate in the program. For example, children just participating in week two will not be confused or further behind than children that also participated in week one. Curriculum will be provided to parents before the program begins to make families aware of what their children are working on to encourage discussion on their work at the end of each day.
For the first two years, Theatre for Tots was open for children ages 5 to 9, all in one group. Many parents expressed that this age group was too wide, as four and five year olds are much different developmentally than nine year olds. The program’s age range is now 4 to 9, with two SEPARATE age groups. One group for age 4, 5 & 6 and a second for ages 7, 8 & 9. On certain occasions, the groups may come together to work on specific skills, but will spend the majority of the camp in separate groups.
The younger group (4, 5 & 6) will work in the Wood’s Cabaret Space downstairs. The older group (7, 8 & 9) will work in the Wood’s Second Floor Rehearsal Room. The Cabaret Space is a large, open attachment to the Wood Theater with a separate entrance on Glen Street directly adjacent to the main lobby doors. This space used to be a dance studio, and allows for movement and exploration in a safe environment. Parents will be able to bring their child directly into their space and pick them up at the end of the session, with the door to the street remaining locked once session has started. The upstairs rehearsal room is also a large, open space for creative exploration with both stairs and an elevator leading to it. Check in for this space will take place in the main lobby. Children will also get tours of the entire theater, showing them all the highlights such as backstage, the dressing room, technical areas, etc.
Theatre for Tots is an inclusive program for children of all ability levels, be it physical, developmental, and emotional. We gladly welcome all children to the program and will work with them to make sure they have the best experience possible. If your child has any kind of special need (ex: physical limitation, learning disability, allergy/dietary restriction, etc) please let us know during registration or at the first day of the program so we can provide a safe environment for your child.
For the younger children (ages 4, 5 & 6) the program is intended to create a safe and fun place to explore creative interests. Not all children want to be on stage, some take interest in more “behind the scenes” skills and thrive in these roles. We want to relieve the pressure of a final production as your child is with us for such a short amount of time. This is the ideal time for your child to freely explore their interests and learn what they love! The older kids (ages 7, 8 & 9) will work towards short, 10-minute plays that they will perform at the end of each week. Children that aren’t interested in acting will be able to help prepare for the show by “designing” and “building” the set, directing their peers, and experiencing all the work and magic it takes to make a production. Parents/family will be invited to attend these performances if they are interested and available.