Ages 11-13

Showstoppers explore and hone their acting, vocal, and dance techniques through a series of immersive theatrical programming.

Whether they are a seasoned performer or just venturing onto the stage, there’s a place for everyone! 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. Showstoppers should expect to challenge themselves to grow and learn, celebrate their talents, and collaborate with peers and professionals.

Legally Blonde Jr. Join this fast-paced musical hit as we go on an exploration of self-discovery and tackle stereotypes! This Broadway at Brooks experience is a two-week summer theatre workshop for participants ages 11 to 13. 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. This program focuses 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 give the campers the ‘on-set’ experience as they work as a team to take over the big screen. Outside of time on the set, participants will participate in outdoor day-camp activities. Participants will share a bit of their process in a showcase for friends and family, and 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. See the daily schedule.

Broadway Cabaret: “Come to the cabaret!” Participants in this program will explore their voices and performance techniques as they share their favorite songs from Broadway and Beyond. New voices and polished singers are welcome! Singers will participate in group and solo songs. Triple Threat Intensive Put on your dancing shoes, start those vocal warm-ups, and get ready to play all the characters as you put your skills to the test in this one-week intensive! Performers will collaborate with peers and professionals as they tackle a variety of vocal, acting, and dance styles and techniques as they discover their strengths and identify areas for growth. While performers will work together, they will receive one-on-one instruction tailored to their individual abilities and interests. Experienced and new performers are welcome! See the daily schedule.

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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. Participants will have access to our 270-acre campus. 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.

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A Typical Day

Showstoppers rotates through acting, music, and dance each day. In these time blocks, students collaborate while professional instructors help the actors learn their lines, notes, and choreography. There are breaks built into the day (including some outdoor time during lunch) to allow students to re-group and socialize. At the end of the day, students participate in tech time, where they gain skills in technical theatre, including costume, props, and lighting.

8:30-9:00 Drop-Off
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-9:55 Creative Block
10:00-10:40 Free Swim
10:40-10:50 Snack
10:50-12:20 Creative Blocks 1 & 2
12:20-12:45 Lunch
12:55-2:25 Creative Blocks 3 & 4
2:25-2:35 Snack
2:35-3:15 Skateboarding
3:20-3:50 Gymnastics
3:50-4:00 Afternoon Meeting
4:00-4:30 Pick-Up

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Program Team