Outdoor Summer Theater Camps For Kids

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Summer Camp at Bay Street 2020.

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has a series of outdoor summer theater camps lined up for this July and August. Each camp will be held over the course of five days from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and offerings range in focus from puppetry and musical theater to improv comedy.

All sessions will be held in-person and outdoors under tents in Sag Harbor, and in compliance with all necessary social distancing and State COVID-19 safety guidelines. Registration for a single five-day camp starts at $350 and payment plans are available. For additional information, contact Bay Street’s director of education and community Outreach, Allen O’Reilly, at allen@baystreet.org.

“My Favorite Tales!” will guide students ages 4 to 7 through the basic theater principles of focus, concentration and working with a partner. Then, with assistance from instructor Teresa DeBerry, participants will adapt their favorite fairy tales and myths into a presentation to be performed for friends and family on the final day of camp. Tuesday, July 6, through Saturday, July 10.

“My Life: The Musical!” led by choreographer and teaching artist Bethany Dellapolla is for students ages 9 to 12. Participants will work together to create and perform their very own musical by developing ideas for an original script and learning standard songs and choreography that culminate in a presentation for family and friends. Students will receive instruction in acting, singing, dance and musical theater history. They will also participate in creative theater games and improvisations that help to develop communication skills and encourage them to stretch their imaginative abilities. For ages 9 to 12: Tuesday, July 6, through Saturday, July 10; Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6. For ages 7 to 9: Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16; Monday, August 9, through Friday, August 13.

“Improv Squad” with Suzanne Clifton Walsh is a new camp for ages 9 to 12. Kids will learn what makes improv games so fun and how the world of improv relates to the world of theater. Students will experiment with different forms of improvisation and use their imaginations to create their very own exercises. The camp will culminate in a live improv show for family and friends. Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16.

An additional improv camp, “Yes … and improv,” for ages 7 to 9 will be held Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23.

“Puppet Power Camp” for kids ages 4 to 7 will be led by master puppeteer Liz Joyce of Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater. Campers will create stories, puppets, props and perform little shows throughout the week. Puppets include shadow puppets, jokester puppets, ball and hand puppets and tiny marionettes. Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16; Monday, August 23, through Friday, August 27.

“Greek Mythology: Mixed up Myths!” for ages 4 to 7 is a brand new camp that lets students use their imagination to play with and create their very own versions of the classic Greek Myths. Teresa DeBerry will lead the camp, which will culminate in a presentation of the campers’ original stories for family and friends. Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23.

“Sing! Sing a Song!” is inspired by the ever-popular “My Life: The Musical” camps and provides students ages 4 to 7 the opportunity to learn the basics of musical theater. Campers will learn basic vocal and dance techniques as they work on a song, and original choreography, which all culminates in a presentation for friends and family on the final day of camp. Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30.

“Shakespeare Mini-Mainstage” for ages 9 to 12 will explore an abridged, kid-friendly version of a Shakespeare play, culminating in a presentation on the last day of camp for family and friends. As students gain basic instruction in acting, they will become familiar with the classic language, characters, and comedy of The Bard. Monday, August 16, through Friday, August 20.

An additional “Shakespeare Mini-Mainstage” camp for ages 7 to 9 will be led by Teresa DeBerry from Monday, August 16, through Friday, August 20.

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