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.

Themes for 2023 in Brooklyn Heights include Superhero Scene Study, Mystery in the Mansion, Hogwarts School, Sci Fi Fair, and Mythology Players.
In Fort Greene, themes include Hogwarts School and Roald Dahl on Stage.

For rising 2nd-6th grade students.

8 year old girl smiling outside

Superhero Scene Study

$725 Per Child

July 24 – 28 | Brooklyn Heights

​​Young performers soar through the Multiverse and into realms unknown in this unique camp for heroes. We’ll learn how to use our powers of performance to improvise, devise new work and rehearse exciting scenes! Theater games inspired by classic characters, and quests ground each day in playful creation. Each day includes outdoor time with group games, like superhero obstacle courses and relays, as well as a creative craft that ties in with their heroic missions. Campers also get original scenes to rehearse, and learn acting technique, script analysis and character development as they prepare to perform in a “power-ful” showcase on Friday, July 28.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 07/24/2023 - 07/28/2023
  • 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

July 31 – August 4 | Brooklyn Heights

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. The play is performed live on Friday, August 4.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 07/31/2023 - 08/04/2023
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Enchantment in Brooklyn

$725 Per Child

August 7 – 11 | Brooklyn Heights

When a group of Brooklyn kids wander through a magical portal, they are transported into a “Once Upon a Time” world where all is not as it seems. In this session, campers riff on themes from classic fairy tales in original scenes, confront “villains” through improv, have epic dance-offs at balls, and creatively re-write the “happily ever afters” for some of their favorite tales. A showcase of their enchanted experience is performed live on Friday, August 11th.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/07/2023 - 08/11/2023
  • 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

August 7 – 11 | Fort Greene
August 14-18 | Brooklyn Heights

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 showcase. 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 performance of our scenes and original stories on Friday, August 11 (in Fort Greene) or Friday, August 18 (in Brooklyn Heights).

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Time: 9:15a-3:15p in Fort Greene (Aug 7-11), 9a-3p in Brooklyn Heights (Aug 14-18) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 138 South Oxford Street (Aug 7-11), 121 Pierrepont Street (Aug 14-18)
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Roald Dahl On Stage

$725 Per Child

August 14 – 18 | Fort Greene

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, and Matilda 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 on Friday, August 18.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/14/2023 - 08/18/2023
  • Time: 9:15a-3:15p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 138 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Willy Wonka Kids

Sci Fi Fair

$725 Per Child

August 21 – 25 | Brooklyn Heights

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! The show is performed live on Friday, August 25.

  • Ages: Grades 2-6
  • Dates: 08/21/2023 - 08/25/2023
  • Time: 9a-3p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Mythology Players

$700 Per Child

August 28 – September 1 | 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, September 1.

  • Ages: 7-11
  • Dates: 08/28/2023 - 09/01/2023
  • Time: 9:00a-3:00p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Address: 121 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
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