Day Camps


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 2018.

Junior Division (younger, generally grades 2-5) - DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS
Junior Division (older, generally grades 6-8) - DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR

The Cranbrook Theatre School staff is composed of working theatrical and educational professionals, many with multiple years with Cranbrook Theatre School. These dedicated and devoted artists work to develop the same passion in the campers they teach.

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.

Campers have the opportunity of taking the first week of Cranbrook Theatre School as a stand alone introductory course in theatre arts. This week offers the camper 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.

From Page To Stage
Cranbrook Theatre School offers 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 on a weekly basis each of the three classic theatre disciplines of acting, dance, and voice. This class work is developed into “works in progress” which are then performed Monday evenings of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th weeks of camp. These Monday Night Performances become highlights of the summer for our campers and their families.

The second half of the day is focused on rehearsals for the final capstone production - a full length piece from the American Musical Theatre canon to be performed two evenings the last week of camp. All campers perform in final shows, and a separate show is chosen for both elementary and middle school age range. Campers also participate in backstage jobs and scenic design for both Monday Night Performances and the final shows.

The Senior Division also performs during Monday Nights and a final capstone production at the Greek Theatre, but work and rehearse primarily at Kingswood Auditorium. All Senior Division campers are expected to attend all six weeks of this intensive program. Senior have the following options:

Full Day
Campers who study with us full day have more intensive one-on-one work available to them. After lunch they work on skills as well as one-on-one with staff on solo audition pieces. At the completion of the program each full day campers have a Shakespeare monologue, one or two contrasting contemporary pieces, an audition song, and short dance if requested. Scene work, voice, and dance work seek to polish existing skills. Full day seniors also participate hands on in the design and building of sets for all of the shows, and be given stage managerial duties for the Junior productions. Any specific requests for study are given priority whenever possible.

Half Day Intensive
In recognition of the busy schedules of today's young adults, we offer a half day attendance as an option. The campers' morning would be focused on both rehearsal of the capstone production as well as workshops in more advanced theatre work such as Alexander Technique, acting theory from Uta Hagen to David Mamet, Improvisation Technique, approaches to Shakespeare, dialect work, Dance, Stage Combat, Breath and the Voice, and more.
Technical Theatre
Campers are taught the basics of scenic, sound, lighting, and costume design and given hands on an application of their own design efforts at the Kingswood Auditorium. Further hands on experience is gained through the building and running of both Junior and Senior final shows as designed by our technical advisor as well as providing basic set and costuming for Monday Night shows.


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. 2018 Update: Swimming is available all six 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, Bus 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.
  • Bus 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 bused 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 Bus 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: Jr & Sr & Tech Full (6 Weeks) $1645, Jr Page to Stage only (5 Weeks) $1310, Jr Workshops only (1 Week) $365, Sr Half Day (6 Weeks) $990
  • Fees: Rush Enrollment if within 21 days prior to start of session $35 (one time per camper per season)
  • Discounts: $50 each additional session (auto)
  • Includes: AM/PM Snacks, Camp T-shirt
  • Options: Box Lunch ($30/week), Extended Care ($75/week AM, $95/week PM), Bus Service ($90/week or $45/week one-way), Swim Lessons ($75/week), Monthly Payment Plan (free)
Note: Option prices are prorated for the week of July 2 since camp is closed on July 4.

For more information on the Schools’ camps, request information or contact Special and Summer Programs at or (248) 645-3674.

DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR, and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Dates, Times & Locations

Session Dates
Full Session: June 25 - August 3, 2018*
Workshops Only: June 25 - June 29, 2018
Page to Stage Only: July 2 - August 3, 2018*

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

St. Dunstan's Theatre


Session Dates

June 25 - August 3, 2018*

Full Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Half Day: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Technical Theatre: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School – Kingswood


Monday, July 9, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
7:00 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Thursday, August 2, 2018
7:30 PM; Greek Theatre; Free Admittance


*No camp Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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