Showmakers Series - Ages 7-11

These ensembles jump into the rehearsal process with a focus on original story creation and scripted scene study. We meet each actor where they are, and build a company of skilled performers; centering bravery, imagination and truthfulness. Improvisation and theater games help stoke creativity, develop the company and the spirit of play. Taught by master teachers and performers at the top of their field, kids learn skills that will serve them the rest of their creative lives. The final day of the session, we screen a film of our original stories and scripted scenes for family and friends.

Themes include A Series of Unfortunate Camps, Mystery in the Mansion, Descendants Drama, Hogwarts School, Minecraft Mythology and Narnia Drama.

Kids acting camp - A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Camps

$700 Per Child

July 26 – 30

Join the extraordinary Baudelaire orphans (and a cast of unfortunate characters) on their quest to escape the clutches of the vile Count Olaf and uncover family secrets. Along the way will decipher codes, innovate inventions, and create elaborate disguises. From Carnivorous Carnivals to Austere Academies we venture through the landscapes of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events using scripted scenes, song and improvisation for a final showcase that is sure to horrify and delight.

Camp culminates in a movie premiere of our scenes and original stories!

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 07/26/2021 - 07/30/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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Mystery in the Mansion

$700 Per Child

August 2 – 6

The world’s greatest detectives have been brought together by a reclusive millionaire. When their host becomes a werewolf, the group must use their special skills to solve the mystery. Watch out for invisible ink, venomous snakes and the creepy butler’s footprints. Can the detectives work together and decode the clues before they too are transformed?

In this original scripted play, kids work on scenes, develop back stories, solve riddles and improvise for more spooky-spoofy-fun. Their final play is filmed and screened for ultimate drama!

This camp is full. Follow the link below to be added to the waitlist.

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 08/02/2021 - 08/06/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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Descendants Drama

$700 Per Child

Aug 9 – 13

The kids of the most famous villains are unafraid to be “rotten to the core”! Prepare to dance your way from the Isle of Lost to the Kingdom of Auradon taking on awesome choreography and characters from Disney’s Descendants. In acting scene work, explore themes of friendship, betrayal and how to be “chillin’ like a villain”. Our original music videos, short form improvisation and scripts are filmed for a delightfully evil showcase at the end of camp!

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 08/09/2021 - 08/13/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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Hogwarts School

$700 Per Child

August 16-20

Join us as we use the “magic” of theater to explore this Wizarding World. Using the Harry Potter series as a springboard, we will generate original scripted scenes for a final movie. Kids will get to hone their writing and improv skills as they create plays based on their favorite iconic characters or imagine new ones in this magical world. In addition to the acting work, we’ll play games of Quidditch, make spell books and compete for the House Cup. Jump on your Firebolt and let’s play!

Camp culminates in a movie premiere of our scenes and original stories!

This camp is full. Follow the link below to be added to the waitlist.

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 08/16/2021 - 08/20/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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Narnia themed summer camp for kids

Narnia Drama

$700 Per Child

August 23 – 27

Step through the magical wardrobe and join a land of enchantment with talking fauns, evil queens and majestic lions. What does Turkish Delight make you do? How do you free the statues in the palace garden without being caught? What powers do you use to fight alongside Aslan? As you release Narnia from the grips of everlasting winter and the White Witch, discover your unique bravery and special skills.

In this camp, kids use scripted text from stage plays of The Chronicles of Narnia, and devise their own material through improvisation and games. The session culminates in a magical movie of their work that is screened in a premiere on the final day of camp.

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 08/23/2021 - 08/27/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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Minecraft camp for kids

Minecraft Mythology: Creating the Legends

$700 Per Child

August 30 – September 3

Jump in your minecart and ride it to the Nether, dodge the Ghasts and defeat the Ender Dragon! Using theater games, the campers act out Minecraft-inspired adventures: Whether they are trading emeralds, creating a new biome, or building an Enchantment Table, they get to imagine, collaborate and play together.

Presented with a special daily quest, kids originate a new mini-play based on their adventures and the success of their mission. They work together – using improvisation, games and screenwriting to devise their original story that gets presented at the end of the day. Campers learn skills as writers and collaborators and get to share their love of Minecraft in this interactive and engaging experience!

Note: there is no actual playing of Minecraft in this camp. The themes, worlds and characters of the games serve as a springboard for our theatrical adventures.

Camp culminates in a movie premiere of our original stories!

  • Ages: Ages 7-11
  • Dates: 08/30/2021 - 09/03/2021
  • Time: 9a-3p EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: Brooklyn Heights
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