TellTale will offer week-long camps for 4-6, 7-12, teen improv. and performance, beginning the first week of June.
While the basic approach is similar, actual camps will vary by age, the children signed up, teacher and camp emphasis.
4-6 year olds, the emphasis is on having fun on and around the stage with games and including crafts and stories that are stage oriented. There will be a theme that guides each of these weeks, such as Princes and Princesses or Mermaids and Monsters etc. There will be simple demonstrations at the end.
7-12 year olds will use the theatre games and exercises with more purpose and begin to learn how to follow stage directions and begin to use their acting “tools” to build a character and perform in scripted and unscripted material. The final demonstration/performance will look more like a traditional “performance.” The emphasis is very much on the learning process rather than production.
Teens will have fun exploring improvisation. They will learn to work cooperatively to create scenes on the spot. They’ll learn the structure of games like those used in the popular t.v. show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” with Drew Carey. They get to see professional actors do improv. at a Comedy Cobb performance. Pending approval of the director, they will even get to perform one or more pieces at the professional evening of improv.
The performance class will build on the previous class work and will concentrate on using what they’ve learned in a scripted or teacher/student created performance. It will only be open to those 6 yrs old-teen that have taken a previous camp or by special invitation. Parents and friends will be invited to the final performance.