Our 2022 summer camp produced J’s and the Giant Peach, with campers helping make sets and costumes as well as performing.
Theater Arts Camp
The musical for summer 2023 will be Suessucal the Musical adapted from the musical of the same name.
Theater and music are inseparable at Aurora School and in our popular summer camp. As is the tradition at Aurora’s Theater Arts Camp, we adapt our performance to be age appropriate and accommodate every camper. Some of our secrets to making this happen are simplifying some of the characters’ lines, and having multiple actors playing the same character. These actor changes make the performance and camp so much fun! No one is left out; it is a priority that all of our campers have the opportunity to be in the performance.
It’s not all about acting though . . . our diverse team brings so many talents that campers have the chance to participate in many parts of the production. In addition to acting, all campers have the opportunity to work on building musical instruments, set design, costume design, choreography and singing. There are even some special projects in works. Every camper has a role in the play. If a camper is not comfortable performing in front of people, we offer behind-the-scenes parts, such as set changers, curtain managers or sound effects specialists.
Younger Campers – Entering 2nd Grade and Younger SESSION FULL
Campers are divided into age groups with age appropriate activities. Younger campers are part of the chorus and are assigned smaller roles if interested. They also help with set and costume design, at an age appropriate level. Children are introduced to a variety of theater activities, including playing instruments, singing, dancing and movement, all in the context of the acting experience. All campers have the opportunity to be in the performance.
Older Campers – Entering 3rd Grade and Older SESSION FULL
Campers are divided into age groups with age appropriate activities. Older campers help design costumes, build sets, assist in directing younger campers, and audition for the main roles if they are interested. Campers are introduced to a variety of theater activities, including playing instruments, singing, dancing and movement, all in the context of the acting experience. All campers have the opportunity to be in the performance.
Open to campers entering grades K-6 and Counselors in Training entering grades 7-12.
4.5 Week Session:
July 5 – August 4, 2023
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Live Performances: Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3 in the evenings, families will be limited to 4 seats each, all subject to change depending on current health guidance
SAVE $100 BEFORE FEB 1
Extended Care Options
Before Care from 8:30 am – 9:00 am is included in cost
After Care until 5:00 pm is $150 per week (pre-registration required)
Counselors in Training (CITs) – Entering 7th Grade and Older
Our Counselors in Training (CIT) program is very popular for those campers who have outgrown the traditional camper age, but who still love our Theater Camp and want to contribute. CITs work with the CIT Director to support the production, campers, and adult staff in many ways, all the while learning the skills and techniques needed to become full-fledged counselors. CITs work in the woodshop, help with costumes and set design, and help with songs, music, and acting. During the performance CITs either work backstage or help with the younger camper groups. Due to the growth and popularity of this program over the years, all CITs are required to attend the full 4 week session. We have three different tiers for CITs, based on their age and experience.
Counselors in Training 1: just graduated campers going into 7th or 8th grade
Cost: $500 for a 4 week session
Maximum of 5 spots available SESSION FULL
Counselors in Training 2: seasoned CITs entering 9th – 11th grade
Cost: $400 for a 4 week session
Maximum of 5 spots available
Junior Counselors: perfectly seasoned and fully cooked CITs entering 11th or 12th grade
Application required. Contact Camp Director, Josh Johnson if interested.
Cost: Volunteer Position
Maximum of 4 spots available
The Fine Print
Extended care is offered beginning at 8:30 am each day and again from the end of camp until 5:00 pm. Morning care is included with the cost of camp. Afternoon care runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The cost is $150 per week. We offer a 15 minute grace period after camp ends at no charge. You must pre-register for afternoon care.
You may choose to pay for your camp tuition either in full at the time of registration or with a monthly payment plan. Payment in full may be made via an electronic check withdrawal (e-check) or credit card. The monthly payment plan requires an automatic withdrawal from a bank account or credit card to be set up at registration. We will divide your payments into equal amounts for each month, charged on the 15th of each month, ending on June 15th. While your monthly payment amounts will be consistent, they will vary depending on when you register and the number of months left until June. Full details are on the registration site. Please feel free to email any questions to the camp director, Josh Johnson or call him at (510) 428-2606 x 208.
Your camp tuition is refundable minus a non-refundable deposit of $100 up until 6 weeks before a session begins. At the 6 week mark your tuition becomes non-refundable.
Partial financial aid is available for students of Aurora School only. Aurora families must apply for aid before registering by contacting the camp director before the April 1 deadline.