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ActOUT!’s
2019 Summer Camps
are coming! 

Registration is open

Join us for the most exciting summer camps of the Waterloo Region!

What happening at actOUT!’s summer camps in 2019?

We are changing up our game this summer with exciting new programs, familiar friends and a return as the official summer camp of the Elora Music Festival!

(We may be adding an additional week of drama games and improv, if we can find space...more news later.)

Our goal is to provide your child(ren) with multiple opportunities to learn new concepts, develop new friendships and encourage personal growth in the area of theatrical arts.

We are taking over the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre for some special surprises this summer.

  • July 8-12 actOUT!’s drama camp Cartoon Heroes and Heroines returns this summer for ages 5-10

  • July 15-19 actOUT!’s first page-to-stage of the summer (a comedy) for ages 8-16

  • July 22-26 actOUT! returns to the Elora Festival for Seussical KIDS

  • Aug 5- 16 actOUT! mounts a two-week page-to-stage (a musical) for ages 8-16

 

Week One - July 8 -12 (Cartoon Heroes and Heroines) Ages 5-10

Register Through Camp Monster

  • Participant Age: Ages 5- 10

  • Dates: July 8 -12 

  • Location: Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre: 9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 2H4 (map)

  • Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Performance Friday at 4:00 PM

  • Before and aftercare available.

  • Cost: $250 (10% sibling discount for 2 or more family members) for the full week, all-day camp

  • Early Bird Registration until April 15: $240


 

Meanwhile somewhere deep in the heart of the city...

Our most popular drama camp returns for another summer!

From Saturday morning cartoons to comic book heroes and villains we put our drama on to recreate our favorite cartoon adventures and characters.

(Character building for drama is the special focus for the week.)


Week Two - July 15 -19 (Page to Stage - Summer Comedy) ages 8-16

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play 

By Werner Trieschmann

Register Through Camp Monster

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  • Participant Age: (Acting Ensemble Ages 8-16) (Technical Artists ages 12-17)

  • Dates: July 15 -19 

  • Location: Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre: 9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 2H4 (map)

  • Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Performance Friday at 4:00 PM

  • Cost: $250 (Member of the Acting Ensemble ages 8-16)

  • Cost: $225 (Technical Artist age 12-17)

  • (10% sibling discount for 2 or more family members) for the full week, all-day camp

  • Early Bird Registration until April 15: $240

  • Early drop-off at 8:00am for $5

  • Early drop off at 8:00am and Late pick-up until 5:00 PM for $15

ActOUT! some laughs in the theatre!

Hilariously funny! Perfect glimpse into the world of everything that can go wrong actually going wrong.

This summer, as we take over the KWLT, actOUT! is bringing a scripted comedy from page to stage in a week! Each of our ensemble of actors (register an actor/camper) will be guided through games and exercises, theatrical play, auditions, table reads, blocking, vocal & movement work, rehearsal, and production, all to produce a light summer comedy certain to keep audiences giggling in their seats long after the houselights come up. We are keeping our cast to a maximum of 20 actors ages 8-16. Early Bird Registration until April 15: $240

What a crazy piece of theatre!

In addition, for those not seeking the limelight of the stage but still bitten by the theatre bug, this summer we offer a new section for technical artists (register a technical artist/camper) . Our young technical artists will learn the ins and outs of stagecraft, prop building, costuming, stage management, etc. while still participating in some fun filled games and activities with the full cast. As some activities may involve management of activities, these roles are limited to only six participants ages 12-17 Early Bird Registration until April 15: $225

Synopsis

A very true-to-life account of a production at the start, its progress and finale. If you have ever been a part of any play, you will laugh out loud!

Based on several disastrous theatrical experiences, All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play peels back a tattered curtain to examine the process of putting on a show that is less than good. A stuffy narrator (what bad play is complete without a stuffy narrator?) guides the audience through the whole sorry process. We go from the audition—where the director is more worried about roast beef than paying attention to the warm-up exercise, and the neurotic cast pretends to be bacon—to rehearsals—where a passive-aggressive stage manager gives everyone grief. There's also a special meeting of the Small Part Support Group and a production of Romeo and Juliet set in a Starbucks with costumes of potato sacks and bowler hats. This bad play within a play won't win any awards, but All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play will keep audiences in stitches.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


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Week Three - July 22 to July 26 (Seussical Kids - Elora Festival)

ActOUT will join world class artists and music at the Elora Festival for a 40th Anniversary Celebration in Song.

Register Through Elora Festival directly

  • Participant Age: Children who have completed Grades 2 to 8

  • Dates: Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 2019

  • Location: Elora Centre for the Arts: 75 Melville St, Elora (map)

  • Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Performance Friday at 4:00 PM

  • Cost: $250 (10% sibling discount for 2 or more family members) for the full week, all-day camp

  • Early drop-off at 8:00am for $5

  • Early drop off at 8:00am and Late pick-up until 5:00 PM for $15

  • For more information and how to register for Elora Festival Kids Camp, call 519-846-0331 or CLICK HERE to download a registration form.

 
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ActOUT! Seussical KIDS

For a second year, actOUT! is taking our summer camp on the road in a partnership with the Elora Music Festival. After last summer’s Willy Wonka KIDS we are returning to page-to-stage Seussical KIDS in a week!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Seussical KIDS is great fun for the whole family.

Children who have completed Grades 2 to 8 are invited to participate in this all-day camp where they will spend July 22 – 26 learning the musical, Seussical KIDS. Children spend their days singing, acting, designing, and other fun activities at the Elora Centre for the Arts. At the end of the week, children perform the musical for family, friends, and community as part of the Elora Festival summer schedule!

Please note: Registration is through the Elora Festival directly, not through Camp Monster, actOUT!’s registration system.

Seussical KIDS Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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Weeks Four/Five Aug 5-9 & 12-16 (Page to Stage- Two-Week Musical, ages 8-16)

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Annie Jr.

Register Through Camp Monster

  • Participant Age: (Acting Ensemble Ages 8-16) (Technical Artists ages 12-17)

  • Dates: Aug 5-9 & 12-16 (This is a two week long camp)

  • Location: Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre: 9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 2H4 (map)

  • Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Performances Friday at 4:00 PM & 6:30PM

  • Cost: $500 (Member of the Acting Ensemble ages 8-16)

  • Cost: $450 (Technical Artist age 12-17)

  • (10% sibling discount for 2 or more family members) for the full week, all-day camp

  • Early Bird Registration until April 15: $475

  • Earlyrly drop-off at 8:00am for $5

  • Early drop off at 8:00am and Late pick-up until 5:00 pm for $15

ActOUT! some singing and dancing in the theatre!

This summer, as we take over the KWLT, actOUT! is bringing a musical from page to stage in two fun filled weeks! Each of our ensemble of actors (register an actor/camper) will be guided through games and exercises, theatrical play, auditions, table reads, blocking, vocal & movement work, dance, rehearsal, and production, all to produce a musical certain to have audiences singing songs on the way home. We are keeping our cast to a maximum of 30 actors ages 8-16. Early Bird Registration until April 15: $475

In addition, for those not seeking the limelight of the stage but still bitten by the theatre bug, this summer we offer a new section for technical artists (register a technical artist/camper) . Our young technical artists will learn the ins and outs of stagecraft, prop building, costuming, stage management, etc. while still participating in some fun filled games and activities with the full cast. As some activities may involve management of activities, these roles are limited to only six participants ages 12-17 Early Bird Registration until April 15: $425

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

With plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles as well as ensemble parts for orphans, servants and tourists, Annie JR. is ideal summertime fun!


(Please note: For the holiday week of August 5-10 we will have a camp day on the Monday, but expect several campers to be away with family,missing activities this day will not harm casting potential nor the overall rehearsal time of the production. This day will be mostly theatre games, get to know you activities and vocal exercises. We understand if and actor needs to miss this day.)

Annie JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com



Sample Program Days (Subject to change)

Day One - Meet-Me Monday!


Let’s get to know each other through fun, play and games.

  • 9:00am arrival and arrival games

  • 9:15am Camper introductions - Introduction games

  • 9:30am Get to know you games

  • 10:00am Get into groups by age

  • 10:20am Morning break

  • 10:30am Theatre games, scripts, vocal practice, movement work, etc.

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 12.30pm Return to groups/practice & start any required props/crafts

  • 1.30pm Movement/Dance/Choreography

  • 2:00pm Afternoon break

  • 2:15pm Free Play

  • 3.30pm Theatre activities in characterization, vocal practice, movement work, etc

  • 3:45pm Bring all groups together for large theatre game

  • 4:00pm Pick-ups

Day Three- Wacky Wednesday!

Come as your favourite actor, character or with fun costume and hairdo!

  • 9:00am Arrival and arrival games

  • 9:15am Vocal warm-ups and vocal games

  • 9:30am Warm-ups/games/discuss homework/costume parade

  • 9:45am Get into groups theatre activities and games

  • 10:45am Morning snack

  • 11:00am Character work / singing / crafts / prop construction

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 12.30pm Rehearse/ perform for each other

  • 2:15pm Afternoon snack

  • 2.30pm Let the games begin!

  • 3.15pm Share performances with other age groups - homework in action!

  • 3:45pm Clean up & review theatre etiquette

  • 4:00pm Pick-ups


 Locations

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre 9 Princess St. East Waterloo, Ontario (map)

  • ELORA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS 75 Melville Street, Elora, Ontario N0B 1S0 (map)

Please note: Neither venue is  the location for inquiries or registration.  Please contact us info@actoutkw.com for registration/inquiries only.

Safety First

At actOUT! we believe in fun and games, but never without a thought to safety. Our program is designed with safety and security of the children in our care in mind. 

  • All games and activities are age appropriate and designed with the assurance of safe practices. Nobody wants drama with their drama.

  • All of actOUT!'s program staff, instructors, leaders and volunteers must go through rigorous checks and training including a Police Vulnerable Sector Safety Check.

  • ActOUT's instructors and staff are all regularly certified in first aid.


Things for campers to bring daily: 

  • An enthusiastic self and creative mind

  • Nut-free lunch/snacks

  • Water bottles

  • Comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement

  • Clean indoor footwear/dance shoes (no outdoor, flip flops, boots or slip on shoes please). Please, label all belongings to avoid mix ups.

  • A sun hat and sunscreen (in case we take a break from the theatre to visit a local park or schoolground

Please leave toys, electronic equipment, trading cards and other valuable items at home, actOUT! is not responsible for lost, broken or stolen items.

Program Rules

Program rules will be clearly outlined to the participants and they also get an opportunity to share what will help them have a great week with us but these rules always apply:

  1. Touch only what belongs to you.

  2. Do not stray from group

  3. Keep hands and feet to yourself

  4. Speak nicely to others. Respect leaders, volunteers and other campers

  5. Listen to your leaders.

  6. Always ask to go to the washroom.

ActOUT! has consistent consequences and a Behaviour Checklist Form that will be filled in for any camper that does not contribute to the well being of the group. This form is used when needed to keep parents/guardians informed of instances when your child has received a consequence for inappropriate behaviour. Your support is appreciated by having a follow up conversation with your child. Confidentiality is vitally important to actOUT! and instructors and leaders are instructed to keep forms in a secure location and are not to share information with anyone outside the program setting.

As a summer camp and not a day care facility, we expect all of our campers to be toilet trained and to not require assistance in this area. We do not have the staff to assist with bathroom needs.

 

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