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Playmakers

Ages 8-10

Play Makers explore a variety of theatrical techniques through performance, music, and dance.

Over the course of the summer, participants create their own summer adventure as they choose from a variety of 1 and 2-week programs geared towards offering a range of performance experiences. Playmakers should expect to explore their interests, celebrate their talents, gain new skills, and collaborate with peers and professionals. On top of their immersive theatrical experience, Playmakers also participate in outdoor day-camp activities to round out their camp experience.

In this integrated arts program, participants rotate daily through the creative components, as they collaborate on a creative showcase that combines all of their artistic experiences. The schedule balances indoor and outdoor activities and gets kids engaged in an immersive and age-appropriate way. Each activity is led by a dedicated team of counselors whose background and passion are in youth development. The bonus of having the opportunity to work with a choreographer, art director, and music director, in the creative components, brings an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience to this program.

This full-day program operates from 9:00-4:00 daily. Bus transportation and extended day are also available.

Page to Stage: In this two-week program, no role is too small as you write, act, and produce your own short work of theatre! Experience the journey of a play from idea to performance as you adapt a script, create characters, design sets, and more in this fast-paced class! Through collaboration and creativity participants in this two-week program will give new life to a printed favorite, “The Day The Crayons Quit”. Each student will be featured in the performance as well as explore their skills and interests as directors and designers. This program culminates in a workshop performance that fellow Brooks campers, friends, and family can attend!

Annie Kids: Annie and her rag-tag band of orphans will hit every note of this musical theatre favorite as they explore the true meaning of friendship. Don’t miss out on the chance to perform in this musical theatre favorite! This Broadway at Brooks experience is a two-week summer theatre workshop for children ages 8 to 10. Participants will gain artistry skills, increasing their ability to execute excellent technique, through instruction from our experienced and diverse team. Hosted in the Brooks School’s state-of-the-art theater, industry professionals with an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience in the field, provide a meaningful and long-lasting summer experience for our students. Every student will be challenged and take away valuable performing, public speaking, and social skills. The focus of this program is on the theatrical process, not the product. This program culminates in a workshop performance that fellow Brooks campers, friends, and family can attend!

Brooks TV: Become a screenwriter, director, and movie star as you write and produce your own short film! From camera angles to cameos, from b-roll to bloopers, this program will get the ‘on set’ experience as you work as a team to take over the big screen. Outside of time on the set, participants will participate in outdoor day-camp activities. The final films will later be distributed via email. Have you taken BrooksTV before and want to join again? Awesome! This class is designed to be repeated. No two films are the same and it’s possible to participate in a new area of focus each summer.

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About the Space

The Brooks Studios and Stages Program provides participants with a variety of activities and spaces that no other local camp can equal. There is plenty of room to run and play from tennis courts and fields to an archery range and gymnastics center. In addition to taking full advantage of our 270-acre campus on the shore of Lake Cochichewick, our newly constructed Center for the Arts building will house the creative components.

The newly constructed Center for the Arts opened its doors to students, faculty and staff for use on October 30, 2018. The $28 million facility has transformed the school, bonding the visual, musical, and performing arts together and placing them on display at the center of campus.

Performances, teaching, and community gatherings have a spacious, comfortable home in the theater, with 387 seats. Its stage connects to a scene shop and a 1,200-square-foot Black Box theater, which provides a flexible teaching space and an additional performance venue. A costume shop, changing room, and green room are included as well.

Campers on the archery field

A Typical Day

Campers rotate through a schedule that changes daily and will ensure your child looks forward to camp every day. In these time blocks, students collaborate with one another, professional instructors, and counselors. There are outdoor breaks built into the day to allow students to expand their minds and stretch their bodies. Outdoor activities complement and balance the creative components to provide a well-rounded, immersive, and fun experience. Please note, unlike the Day Camp, boating and swimming is not part of this program.

8:30-9:00 Drop-Off
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-10:30 Music
10:30-10:45 Morning Snack
10:45-12:00 Dance
12:00-1:00 Supervised Lunch
1:00-2:30 Acting
2:30-2:45 Afternoon Snack
2:45-4:00 Camp Activity (Tennis, Gymnastics, Arts & Crafts, etc.)
4:00-4:30 Pick-Up

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