SUMMER CAMP 2019

Camp #2: THE LION KING JR

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Shows: Saturday July 27 (10am and 1pm)
Who: 4th - 9th grade performers!
Where:
2800 SE Harrison St

Please also see our FAQ page!

Click here for a rough breakdown of the camp schedule.

communication from us

We communicate primarily via email. Please add caroline@portlanddramaclub.org to your contacts and make sure our emails are not going into your spam folder. Thanks!

Parents can access their registration accounts by logging in to our registration page on Jumbula here.

what to bring to camp

Kids should bring a lunch, extra snacks, and a water bottle. We will break around 10am, noon, and 2pm each day for water and food. They should wear clothes that are easy to move in - please no flip flops. If your daughters wear skirts, please have them wear shorts underneath. We want them rolling, jumping, lying down, and leaping freely! We will occasionally take things outdoors. If you typically put sunscreen on your child, please apply this ahead of time in the morning. We can not apply sunscreen. St. David of Wales is not air conditioned.
We understand some kids in this age group may have cell phones. We prefer camp to be about making human connections. While cell phones are permitted, they should remain in your students backpack until the end of the day. If students have the show music on their phones they may be permitted to listen with headphones when they have down time during the camp day. This will be carefully monitored. If a student is found to have abused our cell phone policy -using it without permission or for something other than rehearsing music- the phone will be taken until the end of the day. We will review the rules with the kids on day one. If these rules are repeatedly ignored we will ask them to keep cell phones at home.
Getting messages to your child or the staff: We prefer that you contact camp staff instead of texting your child throughout the day. You can text or call Caroline: 213-675-4732 or Mayah: 310-597-1912

the schedule

All musical theater. All the time. The focus of our camp is to produce an actual show. Even though our show has been reduced to 60 minutes from the full Broadway production, it requires organization, concentration, and cooperation from everyone involved. And while we will always play games, play outside, and have time for other fun throughout each day, we will need to get cracking on hard work to make it a musical we are proud to show off. If your children are not that interested in musical theater, this summer camp may not be the thing for them. It is important to note, though, that theater is not only for the outgoing kid! Theater is for EVERYONE and shy kids often find their voice onstage. I have seen miraculous things happen when a child really wants to be a part of something! All are welcome. Your kids will learn that fun is achieved through a little hard work, sweat, and lots of laughter.

casting

For this summer camp, we will announce casting on Day Three. Typically, the larger roles will go to the older kids and the ensemble roles will go to the younger kids, but since many of our younger kids in this camp have been with us in previous shows and classes, we may not follow this rule as closely. EVERY SHOW IS DIFFERENT AND REQUIRES DIFFERENT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CASTING. When casting, we take in so many factors. We always blind cast and do not take into consideration who played these roles on Broadway or on TV. Casting also depends on the show we do and available roles or the individual kids we have attending camp. Some kids are eager for a large role and some kids would like to be a supporting member no matter how old they are. I prefer to cast a child who is responsible, considerate, and mature (for their age) in a demanding role as opposed to the kid with the best jazz hands who may not be a great team player. We want all kids set up for success. We want them to feel comfortable and finish the camp feeling proud and having had a fun time. Since we have been at this for quite some time both as teachers and directors, but also as actors ourselves, we ask that you trust and respect our final decision. Your child will have a better time with your full support.

costumes

Costumes are covered in the cost of tuition. Rarely,there may be a small item or type of shoe requested. If it is a financial burden for you, it is not mandatory. You will be notified at the end of Week Two if there is anything you need to provide from home for your child so there is time to get it over the weekend. We know you are busy parents and will keep this process as easy as possible.

tickets

Our production is a registered show we've rented from Music Theater International. As such, they charge us for the use of their property (scripts and songs), as well as for each show performed. The Lion King is a high demand show and is much more costly than some of our other shows/classes/camps we have taken on. While we have decided not to charge for tickets for these shows we do ask for a donation of any amount at the door. We are a nonprofit organization. Ticket sales and donations really help us cover basic costs and offer scholarships to kids in future productions. We also hope to open after-school programs in schools who can't afford the cost of a program like this - donations are what will make this possible in the future!

volunteers

It is hard to get this show up and running without the help from parents on Show Day! We will ask available parents to help with snack prep, as well as hair and makeup on Show Day. Don't worry - no theater experience necessary! Being a parent is experience enough. It can get a little coo-coo crazy, but it’s fun, too! We will provide lunch between performances on Saturday.