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, grades 2-12) Grade levels are defined as entering grades in Fall 2019.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018.
To be added to the notification list, send a blank email to summer@cranbrook.edu with subject: REMINDER

2019 FINAL PERFORMANCES
Junior Division (younger, generally grades 2-5) - DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS
Junior Division (older, generally grades 6-8) - SEUSSICAL JR
Senior Division (grades 9-12) - YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

We’re so excited to have you join us for the 103rd anniversary of Cranbrook’s Greek Theatre and 78th 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.

WORKSHOPS
Week 1 of CTS offers Junior Division campers exposure to a variety of theatre arts with hands on workshops in basic improvisation, 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 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!

IMPROV CAMP
NEW FOR 2019!! Week 8 of CTS offers Junior & Senior Division Campers exposure to theatrical improvisation; 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!

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.

AUDITION & PORTFOLIO
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 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!

IMPROV CAMP
NEW FOR 2019!! Week 8 of CTS offers Senior & Junior Division Campers exposure to theatrical improvisation; 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! 

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
Full-day campers swim twice a week 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 certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts. 2019 Update: Swimming is available all eight weeks of camp.

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies

Box Lunches are offered for an additional charge or campers may bring lunches from home. Lunch takes place on the St. Dunstan's campus. 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.

Extended Care, Transportation Service, and Swim Lessons
  • Extended Care offers activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym as early as 7AM and as late as 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. 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 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.
  • Swim Lessons are offered for Grades 1-5 as group lessons by the week after the camp day and last 35 minutes. Campers are picked up at Cranbrook's Williams Natatorium
  • These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose the 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.
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.

Staff, Training, and Accreditation
The camp includes a Director, Assistant Director, Instructors, and Counselors. Each group has counselors who remain with the campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. All staff are trained by the Director of Special and Summer Programs, the Camp Nurses, Public Safety, and other internal departments. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association to ensure the highest standards in safety, training, and programming. Staff are offered annual professional development and certification. The camp is also licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition: Full (8 Weeks) $2570, Half (3 Weeks) $1045, Partial (1 Week) $395
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35
  • Discounts: Early Enrollment by April 1 ($100/Full; $25/Half; use code WEB19), Additional Sessions ($40 each)
  • Includes: Lunch, AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Options: Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Transportation Service ($45/way/week), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (free)
For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu or (248) 645-3674.

DISNEY'S WINNIE THE POOH KIDS and SEUSSICAL JR are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK. www.tamswitmark.com

Dates, Times & Locations

Full Session
JR Workshops & SR Audition/Portfolio
And…Scene! Combo
Page to Stage
Improv Camp
June 17 - August 9, 2019


Half Sessions
And…Scene! Combo: June 24 - July 12, 2019
Page to Stage: July 15 - August 2, 2019

Partial Sessions
JR Workshops & SR Audition/Portfolio: June 17 - 21, 2019
And…Scene! W2: June 24 - 28, 2019
And…Scene! W3: July 1 - July 5, 2019
And…Scene! W4: July 8 - 12, 2019
Improv Camp: August 5 - 9, 2019

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
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Friday, July 5, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance

FINAL PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance

Contact Us

PO Box 801
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
(248) 645-3000