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. Our 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 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.
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. Swimming is included in this division.
Campers have the opportunity of taking the first week of Cranbrook Theatre School as a stand alone introductory course in theatre arts. This week will offer 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 will be 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. Final show selections are made based on staff determination of pieces best suited to showcase students and are not announced until the first week of Page to Stage (2nd 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 will also perform Monday Nights and a final capstone production at the Greek Theatre, but will work and rehearse at Kingswood Auditorium. All Senior Division campers will be expected to attend all six weeks of this intensive program. Senior do have the following options:
Campers who study with us full day will have options for more intensive one on one work available to them. After enjoying a provided lunch they will 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 will have a Shakespeare monologue, one or two contrasting contemporary pieces, an audition song, and short dance if requested. Scene work, voice, and dance work will seek to polish existing skills. Full day seniors will 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 will be 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.
Campers will be 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. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited.