Showmakers Series - Grades 2-6

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. Camp culminates in a live performance for families on Friday afternoon.

Brooklyn Heights camps meet at 121 Pierrepont Street, with visits to Cadman Plaza Park and Pierrepont Playground. Themes for Summer 2024 include Descendants Drama, Mythology Players, Intergalactic Explorers, Hogwarts School, and Roald Dahl Scene Study.

Fort Greene camps meet at 138 South Oxford Street, with visits to South Oxford Playground and Fort Greene Park. Themes for Summer 2024 include Hogwarts School, Mystery in the Mansion, and Sci Fi Science Fair.

For rising 2nd-6th Grade students.

Descendants Drama

$745 Per Child

July 22-26, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights

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”. Scenes will be performed for families on Friday, July 26!

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 07/22/2024 - 07/26/2024
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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7-11 year olds rehearse harry potter at theatre summer camp

Hogwarts School

$725 Per Child

July 29-Aug 2, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights
Aug 12-16, 2024 | Fort Greene

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 stories as well as rehearse scripted scenes from the films. Students 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 performance of our scenes and original stories on Friday, August 2 (in Brooklyn Heights) or Friday, August 16 (in Fort Greene).

Students in 4th-8th grades can also participate in Hogwarts School II!

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Time: 9a-3p in Brooklyn Heights (July 29-Aug 2), 9:15a-3:15p in Fort Greene (Aug 12-16) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street (July 29-Aug 2), 138 South Oxford Street (Aug 12-16)
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Intergalactic Odyssey

$745 Per Child

August 5-9, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights

Campers spend the week rehearsing the play ”It’s a Meteor AH!” by Brandon Zelman. When an intrepid band of astronauts blasts off into space on a secret mission, they discover alien life, new friends, and the key to saving Earth from an impending comet! Kids work on developing their unique characters through games and improv as well as a robust rehearsal process. The show features pop music hits and is performed live on Friday, August 9. 

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/05/2024 - 08/09/2024
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Student in wolf hat on stage with castle backdrop

Mystery in the Mansion

$725 Per Child

August 5-9 | Fort Greene

A group of people including a celebrity chef, a professor and circus performers have been brought together by a reclusive millionaire. When their host disappears, the group must use their special skills to solve the mystery. Can the detectives work together and decode the clues before it’s too late?
In this original scripted play, kids work on scenes, develop back stories, solve riddles and improvise for more spooky-spoofy-fun. The play is performed live on Friday, August 9.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/05/2024 - 08/09/2024
  • Time: 9:15a-3:15p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 138 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Children performing theater

Mythology Players

$745 Per Child

August 12-16, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights

Ever wonder what the snakes on Medusa’s head talk about? Ever seen an infomercial for Arachne’s loom? Do you know what you would do if you came face-to-face with a Minotaur? In this dynamic week, classic Greek myths come alive as kids stage and perform short plays based on classic tales! Part acting class, part improv class, kids create their own myth mash-up in addition to staging scripted one-acts. This is great early exposure to mythology and scene study techniques. The scenes are performed live on Friday, August 16.

This camp is full, please follow the link below to join the waitlist.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/12/2024 - 08/16/2024
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Three kids on a playground in drama camp

Epic Quest Camp

$745 Per Child

August 19-23, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights

Campers spend the week rehearsing the new comedy/fantasy play “The Epic Quest of Guard 2 and Guard 1” by Brandon Zelman.

When a mysterious curse falls on the Kingdoms of Grogglemoor, the only heroes that can save these magical lands are… not available! So they’ll have to make do with two random, unnamed castle-guards (Uh oh?). Wielding the two enchanted crowns of transformation, these heroes must overcome greedy dragons, competitive merpeople, and a bunch of unicorns singing Taylor Swift. Students work on developing their unique characters through games and improv as well as a robust rehearsal process. The show features pop music hits and is performed live on Friday, August 23.

This camp is full, please follow the link below to join the waitlist.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/19/2024 - 08/23/2024
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Roald Dahl Scene Study

$745 Per Child

August 26-30, 2024 | Brooklyn Heights

Join us as we explore the wild and wondrous worlds of Roald Dahl! We rehearse scenes and songs from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Witches, Matilda and more and delve into acting technique, comedic timing, character development and choreography. Spoken-word poetry also by Dahl will augment our rehearsal process. The showcase is performed live for families on Friday, August 30.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/26/2024 - 08/30/2024
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Willy Wonka Kids

Sci Fi Science Fair

$725 Per Child

August 26-30, 2024 | Fort Greene

The students of Asimov Elementary are presenting their science fiction projects to compete in the annual SCIENCE FICTION SCIENCE FAIR. Time Travel! Evil Robots! Mind Control! A ficus with the voice of an angel! But when the fight for first place threatens to topple the school, can they put their brilliant heads together to save the school (and also the space-time continuum)??!! It’s immersive! It’s musical! It’s SCI-FI FAIR! In this original scripted play, kids work on scenes, explore character back stories, and craft their own science fair projects.

The show is performed live on Friday, August 30.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/26/2024 - 08/30/2024
  • Time: 9:15a-3:15p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 138 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
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