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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 2021)

Registration
Registration opens Monday, November 30, 2020 at midnight. Account holders will be notified by email. New families should create an account to be notified when registration opens.

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 American Camp Association. As we progress through the pandemic and towards the summer season, we may alter, cancel, or replace certain aspects of camp. If we do, this web page will be updated and registrants will be notified by email. Depending on the severity of a change, we may offer registrants a full refund should the adjustment not suite their interest. Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect. You may view a summary of the policy in the Tuition & Fees section below or read the full policy in the Enrollment Agreement during the registration process.

2021 PAGE TO STAGE FINAL PERFORMANCES

Junior Division (younger, generally grades 2-5) - TBA
Junior Division (older, generally grades 6-8) - TBA
Senior Division (grades 9-12) - TBA

General Information

We’re so excited to have you join us for the 104th anniversary of Cranbrook’s Greek Theatre and 79th consecutive season of Cranbrook Theatre School (CTS)! We have an incredibly lush tradition of exciting exploration, learning, and performing here…and are so looking forward to collaborating with your young students this summer! A beautiful performance space nestled in a mature pine forest, the Greek Theatre (a beautiful full-sized replica of a classic outdoor Greek theatre) provides the location for classes, rehearsals, and performances throughout the summer.

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 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.

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!

CLASSICS
New for 2020! Week 8 of CTS offers Junior & Senior Division Campers exposure to “the classics;” campers will focus on one of the following: Shakespeare, Choral Singing, or Ballet & Movement. This intensive week gives the camper an opportunity to explore, in depth, one of the classic art forms dating back hundreds of years and helping to shape culture all over the world. This intensive work will be performed during the evening of Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm for parents and the community.

CLASSICS Shakespeare Intensive: "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow." Diving into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare! Among other great perks, campers will have the opportunity to utilize voice and movement work to transform into Shakespeare’s characters, learn and employ text analysis to unravel the beauty and truth of this text’s meaning, develop fundamental acting skills, and learn basic stage combat. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

CLASSICS Choral Intensive: Happiness is singing in a choir! Campers will receive instruction on proper (healthy!) breathing techniques, melody and rhythm, tone, and choral singing skills. Campers will learn songs and games related to singing. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers. Repertoire will be tailored to the size and experience of the ensemble(s). Sight reading is encouraged, as is some experience performing in a vocal ensemble.

CLASSICS Ballet & Movement Intensive: It has been said that “dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Campers, while encouraged to explore their own creativity, will learn proper technique and enjoy the expression of dance as an art form. There are few better ways to learn discipline at a young age than by participating in ballet. Fundamentals and terminology will be discussed and employed. CLASSICS Ballet & Movement also serves as a great way to keep current dancers involved in dance over the summer and help prepare them for the fall season. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

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!

CLASSICS
New for 2020!
Week 8 of CTS offers Junior & Senior Division Campers exposure to “the classics;” campers will focus on one of the following: Shakespeare, Choral Singing, or Ballet & Movement. This intensive week gives the camper an opportunity to explore, in depth, one of the classic art forms dating back hundreds of years and helping to shape culture all over the world. This intensive work will be performed during the evening of Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm for parents/family and the community.

CLASSICS Shakespeare Intensive:
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow." Diving into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare! Among other great perks, campers will have the opportunity to utilize voice and movement work to transform into Shakespeare’s characters, learn and employ text analysis to unravel the beauty and truth of this text’s meaning, develop fundamental acting skills, and learn basic stage combat. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

CLASSICS Choral Intensive:
Happiness is singing in a choir! Campers will receive instruction on proper (healthy!) breathing techniques, melody and rhythm, tone, and choral singing skills. Campers will learn songs and games related to singing. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers. Repertoire will be tailored to the size and experience of the ensemble(s). Sight reading is encouraged, as is some experience performing in a vocal ensemble.

CLASSICS Ballet & Movement Intensive:
It has been said that “dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Campers, while encouraged to explore their own creativity, will learn proper technique and enjoy the expression of dance as an art form. There are few better ways to learn discipline at a young age than by participating in ballet. Fundamentals and terminology will be discussed and employed. CLASSICS Ballet & Movement also serves as a great way to keep current dancers involved in dance over the summer and help prepare them for the fall season. Attention is paid to camper skill and experience level and groups are assigned to meet and challenge both newcomers and returning campers.

While CTS recommends campers participate in the full 8 weeks, half and partial sessions are available. See details on right/bottom.

BOTH DIVISIONS

Open Swim
Campers swim twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 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 include a full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies

Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunches are served at St. Dunstan's for the Junior Division and Kingswood Upper School for the Senior Division.

Available Options
Extended care, transportation service, and after camp activities are available. These 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 will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
 
Extended Care
Extended Care is available beginning at 7AM and ending at 6PM. 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), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.

After Camp Activities
After Camp Activities include group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding. Subject to change. Space is limited.

Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.

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 Pre-K through 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, one or more Assistant Directors, an 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): $2,590
    • Half Session (4 weeks): $1,420
    • Partial Session (1 week): $395
  • 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 off Full/Half sessions. Use code WEB21 until 4/1/21.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $40 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • 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: $45 per way per week
    • After Camp Activities: $75-$110
    • Camp Merchandise: $5-$15
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.

ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA KIDS, ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL, and ROALD DAHL'S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH TYA 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
FS: June 15 - August 7, 2020

Half Sessions
H1: IMPROV, YOU TRY, MMC: June 22 - July 10, 2020
H2: Page to Stage: July 13 - July 31, 2020

Partial Sessions
W1: THEATRE 101: June 15 - June 19, 2020
W2: IMPROV BASICS: June 22 - June 26, 2020
W3: YOU TRY: June 29 - July 3, 2020
W4: MMC: July 6 - July 10, 2020
W8: THE OLD WITH THE NEW: August 3 - August 7, 2020

Time
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location
Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School – Kingswood Auditorium,
St. Dunstan's Theatre, and Greek Theatre

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AND…SCENE! PERFORMANCES
W2: Thursday, June 25, 2020
W3: Thursday, July 2, 2020
W4: Thursday, July 9, 2020
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance

PAGE TO STAGE FINAL PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (Willy Wonka & Matilda)
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (Matilda & James/Peach)
Thursday, July 30, 2020 (James/Peach & Willy Wonka)
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance

CLASSICS PERFORMANCE
Thursday, August 6, 2020
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance