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Cranbrook Theatre School

The Greek Theatre has served as the centerpiece of Cranbrook Theatre School for over 100 years; a beautiful full-sized replica of a classic outdoor Greek theater setting nestled in a mature pine forest. Our curriculum is designed to meet campers at their individual skill levels, working to cultivate confidence and nurture an understanding of the theatre arts through hands-on experience and exploration.

About the Camp

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(coed, entering grades 2-12 in Fall 2022)

General Information
Our curriculum is designed to meet campers at their individual skill levels, working to cultivate confidence and nurture an understanding of the theatre arts through hands-on experience and exploration. The Cranbrook Theatre School (CTS) staff is composed of working theatrical and educational professionals, many with multiple years serving CTS. These dedicated and devoted artists work to develop the same passion in the campers they teach. From Shakespeare to Swan Lake to Sondheim, we strive to instill in our campers a sense of understanding of the theatre arts and all they stand for; a safe and welcoming environment for people of all ages and backgrounds is indeed one of our top objectives.

A Day in the Life
Campers are fully engaged throughout the camp day.  While we generally spend time focusing on rehearsals and workshops, campers and staff also have the opportunity to participate in many activities including, but not limited to: walking tours of campus, field day activities, visits to Cranbrook Art Museum, visit to Cranbrook Institute of Science, talent shows, dance parties, popsicles/ice cream socials, and so much more! CTS has a long history of fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment.  We cultivate a positive learning experience for campers of all grade levels.  While learning about the theatre arts, campers are able to explore individuality, expressing themselves, and being kind to others.  Individual attention and encouragement from our staff are a top priority.  The friendships and memories that are made at camp last a lifetime!

Basic Daily Schedule
  • Drop-Off
  • Attendance, Warm-Ups, Ice Breakers, Activities
  • Workshop/Rehearsal
  • Snack
  • Workshop/Rehearsal
  • Lunch
  • Activity
  • Workshop/Rehearsal
  • Snack
  • Workshop/Rehearsal
  • Wrap-Up, Awards
  • Pick Up
On days when CTS attends the Natatorium for swimming, one section of “Workshop/Rehearsal” is replaced with swimming.

JUNIOR DIVISION (coed, grades 2-8)
The Greek Theatre provides the location for classes, rehearsals and performances with St. Dunstan’s Playhouse offering a second stage, rehearsal space and administrative headquarters for the school. The Junior Division is afforded a variety of curriculum options and offers excellent and competitive programming.

IMPROV & WORKSHOPS
Week 1 of CTS offers Junior Division campers exposure to a variety of theatre arts. Campers have the opportunity to focus on improv basics and theatre games. While utilizing such important concepts and listening, supporting, and teamwork, campers are encouraged to learn verbal and non-verbal expression, build body awareness, and boost self-confidence. Storytelling, acting, and comedy skills are surely enhanced! Campers will also cultivate a deeper understanding in areas such as storytelling, mask work, audition technique, character movement, dance, acting the song, costume design, and more. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and workshops are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

AND…SCENE!
And…Scene! offers the CTS Junior Division Camper training in classic theater skills as well as immersing campers in all aspects of developing a theatrical performance. Campers are divided by age into class groups that study, in depth, each of the three classic theatre disciplines (acting, dance, and voice). This class work is developed into “works in progress” which are then performed weekly during the evenings of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of camp. These evening showcase performances (free admission) have become highlights of the summer for our campers and their families.

PAGE TO STAGE
This program offers the CTS Junior Division Camper focused rehearsals for the final capstone productions, full length pieces from the American Musical Theatre canon, to be performed live on two evenings during week 7 of camp. All campers perform in final shows, and separate shows are chosen for both elementary and middle school age range. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in backstage jobs and scenic design where appropriate. Our final shows are fully costumed with sets and other technical elements and are truly exceptional!

2022 PAGE TO STAGE FINAL PERFORMANCES
  • Junior Division (younger, generally grades 2-5) - TBA
  • Junior Division (older, generally grades 6-8) - TBA
While CTS recommends campers participate in the full 8 weeks, half and partial sessions are available. See details on right/bottom.

SENIOR DIVISION (coed, grades 9-12)
While the CTS Senior Division indeed utilizes The Greek Theatre to provide a location for classes, rehearsals and performances, we also refer to the Kingswood Auditorium as “home base.” This excellent space nestled in the heart of the CEC campus has proven to be an exceptional place to explore and learn. CTS Senior Division Campers are afforded intensive one-on-one work with staff. Any specific requests for study are given priority whenever possible. The Senior Division is afforded a variety of curriculum options and offers excellent and competitive programming.

IMPROV & WORKSHOPS with AUDITION & PORTFOLIO
Like the Junior Division, Week 1 of CTS offers Senior Division campers exposure to a variety of theatre arts. Campers have the opportunity to focus on improv basics and utilize such important concepts as listening, supporting, and teamwork. Campers are encouraged to learn verbal and non-verbal expression, build body awareness, and boost self-confidence. Storytelling, acting, and comedy skills are surely enhanced! Campers will also cultivate a deeper understanding in areas such as storytelling, character movement, dance, acting the song, and more. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and workshops are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

In addition, Week 1 of CTS offers Senior Division campers exposure to training in audition techniques. Campers learn performance readiness skills, practice the process and understanding of the art of the audition, and strengthen techniques in acting, dancing, and singing. Campers are encouraged explore and select at least one of each of the following for their portfolio:
  • Contemporary Monologue
  • Dramatic Monologue
  • Contemporary Musical Theatre Vocal Audition Cut
  • Classical Musical Theatre Vocal Audition Cut
  • Audition Dance Sequence
  • Professional Headshot
AND…SCENE!
And…Scene! offers the CTS Senior Division Camper training in classic theater skills as well as immersing campers in all aspects of developing a theatrical performance. Campers study, in depth, each of the three classic theatre disciplines (acting, dance, and voice). This class work is developed into “works in progress” which are then performed weekly during the evenings of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of camp. These evening showcase performances (free admission) have become highlights of the summer for our campers and their families. Campers also have the opportunity to refine and perform their selections from “Audition/Portfolio” session during this time.

PAGE TO STAGE
This program offers the CTS Senior Division Camper focused rehearsals for the final capstone productions, full length pieces from the American Musical Theatre canon, to be performed live on two evenings during week 7 of camp. All campers perform in final shows. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in backstage jobs and scenic design where appropriate, and are given stage management duties for the Junior Division productions. Our final shows are fully costumed with sets and other technical elements and are truly exceptional!

2022 PAGE TO STAGE FINAL PERFORMANCE
  • Senior Division (grades 9-12) - TBA
While CTS recommends campers participate in the full 8 weeks, half and partial sessions are available. See details on right/bottom.

BOTH DIVISIONS

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization that caters to Cranbrook Schools during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. 

Open Swim
Campers swim at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium. Swim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff includes a full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

COVID-19 Update
At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland Country Health Division and the American Camp Association. Proof of vaccination or initial testing will be required. Additional testing for unvaccinated campers will be required if attending non-consecutive sessions. Indoor mask-wearing will be determined closer to camp. 

Available Options
The following options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care. Logistical information for these additional options are provided in the Parent Welcome Packet emailed to registrants closer to the start of camp.
 
Extended Care
Extended Care is available beginning at 7 AM and ending at 6 PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Campers enjoy activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym. Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick-up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.

Transportation Service

Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), and Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM). Times and locations are subject to change. Campers who are not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.

After Camp Activities
After Camp Activities include Chess and Coding. Space is limited. These activities are located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused from camp each day. Pick-up is at Brookside.

Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, and updated group lists. Daily camp photos are posted on a secure website for you to see each day. Enhanced options include saving favorite photos, facial recognition with push notifications when a photo of your child is uploaded, posting to social media, emailing a photo to family, customizing photo gifts, and ordering high-resolution digital downloads or prints.

Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Cranbrook Educational Community, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and PreK-12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year.

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps operate under Cranbrook Schools in a dedicated department named Special and Summer Programs. This year-round department focuses solely on summer camps, after-school programs, school rentals, and the school store. The dedicated full-time staff in the department spend the entire year preparing for camp. During the summer, over 1,800 campers from 20 states and nine countries come to Cranbrook for their summer experience. The campus, its facilities, the highly skilled and committed service departments such as Cranbrook's 24/7 security department, and all of
Cranbrook's employees, residential faculty, and guests create a wonderful environment for children to learn and have fun. 

Each camp includes a dedicated Director, Assistant Director, Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with their campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
 
 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition
    • Full Session (8 weeks): $2,730
    • AND…SCENE! Combo (3 weeks): $1,105
    • PAGE TO STAGE (4 weeks): $1,490
    • Partial Session (1 week): $415
  • Fees
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
    • Rush Enrollment Fee: $35 per session within 21 days of session start date
    • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date
  • Discounts
    • Early Enrollment Discount: $100/$50/$25 off Full/Half sessions. Use code EARLY22 until 4/1/22.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $30 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • Financial Aid
    • Aid is available based on calculated need and availability of funds.
    • Awards range 0-50% of tuition and 0-100% of Extended Care; Excludes fees and other options.
    • Awards are funded by Cranbrook and other camp families.
    • To donate, visit our donation page.
    • To apply, complete the Parents' Financial Statement. Use SSS Code 9339.
  • Tuition Includes
    • Lunch
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Camp T-shirt
  • Options Available:
    • Morning Extended Care: $75 per week
    • Afternoon Extended Care: $95 per week
    • Transportation Service: $50 per way per week
    • After Camp Activities: $125
    • Camp Merchandise
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.

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

Dates, Times & Locations

Full Session
Half Sessions
  1. AND…SCENE! Combo: June 27 – July 15, 2022
  2. PAGE TO STAGE: July 18 – August 12, 2022
Partial Sessions
  1. IMPROV & WORKSHOPS / AUDITION & PORTFOLIO (SR): June 20 – June 24, 2022
  2. AND…SCENE (1): June 27 – July 1, 2022
  3. AND…SCENE (2): July 4 – July 8, 2022
  4. AND…SCENE (3): July 11 – July 15, 2022
Time
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location

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AND…SCENE! PERFORMANCES
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance
  • Week 2: Thursday, June 30, 2022
  • Week 3: Thursday, July 7, 2022
  • Week 4: Thursday, July 14, 2022
PAGE TO STAGE FINAL PERFORMANCES
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance
  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022
  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022