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SUMMER CAMPS in GAGE PARK

FUN IN THE SUN. THEATER IN THE PARK.

 

 

 

 

Helen Hocker Theater’s Summer Theater Camps goals for youth are:

  • To stress the value and importance of each individual
  • To seek the best in each individual and to guide them in their creative process
  • To provide a quality artistic experience
  • To provide top-notch learning in a fun environment

BROADWAY BOUND (Ages 4 & 5)

Do you have a budding talent in your house? Someone who sings, dances, acts or is full of energy, imagination, and creativity? Then this is the perfect opportunity for your little artist. Broadway Bound (ages 4&5) teaches basic acting, dance, and singing skills. Campers also use their creativity to explore props and costumes. Kids will present a short theatrical performance of a script adapted from children’s literature for parents and fans on the last day of camp! Each session features a different adapted script tied to our overall session theme, so enroll in more than one session for a whole summer of fun.

Snacks are provided daily
COST: $160 per session

Mornings

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION
All Sessions M-F 8-11am HHT Admin Building

FIRST STEPS TO BROADWAY (Ages 6 & 7)

Do you have a budding talent in your house? Someone who sings, dances, acts or just full of energy, imagination, and creativity? Then this is the perfect opportunity for your little artist. First Steps to Broadway (ages 6 & 7) teaches basic acting, dance, and singing skills. Campers also use their creativity to explore props and costumes. Kids will present a short theatrical performance of a script adapted from children’s literature for parents and fans on the last day of camp! Each session features a different adapted script tied to our overall session theme, so enroll in more than one session for a whole summer of fun!

Snacks are provided daily
COST: $160 per session.

Afternoons

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION
All Sessions M-F 12-3pm HHT Admin Building

 STAR-STRUCK PLAYERS (Ages 8 & 9)

These campers will explore different forms of theatre performance and expression during each of the sessions. They will work as a team to create a final showcase, tying in with the session theme, which may incorporate a variety of skills such as improvisation, puppetry, dance, singing/rap, mime, theatrical makeup, costuming, etc. Campers will share their showcase of creations and performance pieces with family and friends at the end of the session.

COST: $200 per session.

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO BRING:
A sack lunch, a water bottle, and a towel.
Names should be clearly marked on lunches and all personal belongings.
Water is available at the site.

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION
All Sessions M-F 8am-3pm Westlake Shelter

 

 PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (Ages 10 & 11)

Campers will experience all aspects of a production from idea to performance. Campers will work in teams to create original scripts related to the session theme. Then they will act in and provide technical support like costumes, set, and props for each other’s scripts. They will focus on play writing, characterization, dialogue and performance, while also learning about the technical aspects of staging a short play. Quality arts training with a chance to write, perform, and tech all rolled into one.

Campers will perform for family and friends the final two days of the session.

COST: $200 per session.

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO BRING:
A sack lunch, a water bottle, and a towel.
Names should be clearly marked on lunches and all personal belongings.
Water is available at the site.

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION
All Sessions M-F 8am-3pm Westlake Shelter

 

 BREAK-A-LEG PLAYERS (ages 12 & 13)

The Break-A-Leg Players camp is designed for young actors to focus on their performance skills, as well as hone their technical skills. Campers will audition, rehearse, and produce published scripts. The camp offers a combination of rehearsal and instruction to build campers’ audition skills, characterization, dance, and improv abilities. Campers may also help create set, props, and costumes and learn stage management basics. This class prepares campers to enter our Bath House Players at age 14. Two days of public performances will conclude the camp session. (Campers get two complimentary tickets and additional tickets are $3 each.)

COST: $200 per session.

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO BRING:
A sack lunch, including a water bottle and a towel.
Names should be clearly marked on lunches and all personal belongings.
Water is available at the site.

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION
All Sessions M-F 8am-3pm Westlake Shelter

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities
for Teens

BATH HOUSE PLAYERS (ages 14 – 18)

Come join our exciting youth production company that not only has a rich 40+ year history, but annually produces two full-length summer shows. The Bath House Players need energetic and creative youth ages 14-18 with varied talents -acting, singing, dancing and all facets of technical theater – who enjoy the arts and are dedicated to being part of a team. Both actors and technicians need to come to auditions to fill out an application. Actors will do a performance audition. Musical auditions need a prepared song with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Technical applicants will be interviewed and are encouraged to bring portfolios. There is no fee to participate in this program.

This summer, you’re invited to be a part of two spectacular productions:

These Shining Lives (Drama)

  • Audition: Saturday, June 2 | Noon – 4pm
  • Rehearsal: M – F, June 4 – June 22, 9am – 3pm
  • Show Run: June 22 – July 1  | 6 performances

Clue: The Musical (Musical)

  • Audition: Friday, June 1 from 9am – 4pm (Bring a sack lunch!)
  • Rehearsal: M – F, June 26 – July 20, 9am – 3pm
  • Show Run: July 20 – August 5  |  11 performances

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

We are pleased to announce that Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Foundation is providing funding for scholarships for Helen Hocker Theater Summer Camp 2018 enrollees who are eligible.  The application and guidelines are consistent with scholarship programs at other SCP+R youth camps.

Click the links below to download the application and income verification forms or pick them up at the Helen Hocker Theater administrative office located at 700 SW Zoo Pkwy, in lovely Gage Park.  Completed applications can be mailed or delivered to Helen Hocker Theatre administrative office or emailed to Lynda@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

3-WEEK SESSIONS

Session 1:  JUNE 4 – 22
THEME: “The Greatest Show on Earth!”
– A fun-filled celebration of circus and vaudeville.

Session 2:  JUNE 25 – JULY 13 (no camp July 4)
THEME: “Flights of Fantasy”
– Grab your wand, your light saber, or your unicorn reins and hold on tight.

Session 3:  JULY 16 – AUG 3
THEME: “Mystery in Gage Park”
– Putting together the clues that lead to great performances.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Our workshops/camps are three weeks long
  • There are five age groups of campers
    • Ages 4 – 7 are half day camps
    • Ages 8 – 13 are full day camps
  • Fee amounts are per session
    • Should you cancel your registration, HHT will retain a $25 processing fee
    • Cancellations within a week prior to the start date are non-refundable.
  • Each session will have a different theme which will tie in to the scripts performed, an All-Camp Day experience, and dress up participation days
  • Parents will receive an info packet on day one of camp plus weekly newsletters
  • Parents are expected to bring students to the appointed drop off location no more than fifteen minutes before start time.
  • Students must be picked up within fifteen minutes after the end of camp day. The third infraction will result in a $15 fee
  • Participants are not allowed to bring guests to camp.

BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

CONTACT US

If you have questions about enrollment or the 2018 HHT Scholarship forms, please call us or use the form below to submit your question / feedback. Thank you!

Address

700 SW Zoo Pkwy

Email

Lynda@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone

785.251.5990