Summer Theatre Camp for Kids grades 5-12
July 5-23, 2021
We can't wait for Dreamcatcher Junior! We're going to be paying attention to the directives of the state and the progress of the vaccine, but we're absolutely ON for Summer 2021!
In planning for Dreamcatcher Junior, it is our primary priority to keep our students and teachers safe while providing a lively and joyful experience. We will be holding a full day of the program, from 9-3.
Later this spring we will know whether we will be in person all day, or whether we will hold a hybrid in-person/virtual day, with the hours of 9-12 held together in Summit, followed by an hour-long lunch and travel break. Then from 1-3, students would meet online as a group and in smaller work groups as they brainstorm and create their original script.
It is our hope that our final presentation will be live, either indoors or outdoors, on the evening of July 23 at 7 pm.
In a few months, we'll know more about the protocols and practices we need to employ to keep everyone safe when we gather, so our website will be updated at that time.
Dreamcatcher Junior is a three-week theatre experience in Summit, NJ. It combines building skills through study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects with the opportunity for students to create and perform their own play.
At DRT JR, we believe in having fun while developing real skills under the guidance of professionals. DRT JR is an enjoyable way for students in grades 5 through 12 to explore their interest in the performing arts during their summer vacation. Students receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the support needed to achieve their personal goals.
In the first week, the ensemble begins to come together through classes and workshops in acting, improv, playwriting, singing and movement. These and other skills will be explored as the group builds the foundation for their creative process.
The second week focuses on the development and writing of an original play, which will also include music and movement. Students have the opportunity to shape their own characters and performances, which might include new subjects explored in the first week such as stage combat and physical comedy.
In the third week, the cast and their director, musical director and choreographer hone and refine their original work in preparation for its presentation on the final evening of the program.
Schedule: Summer 2021
Dates: July 5-23, 2021
The three weeks of the program must be taken in their entirety.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm
Final performance: Friday, July 23, 7pm
Alumni Pricing: $800
(For returning 2020 students registering before March 31, 2021)
Early Bird: $850
(For all other students registering before April 15, 2021)
(after April 15, 2021)
All tuition payments must be received by June 30. After this date, please contact us for availability.
Withdrawal and Refunds:
Should you find it necessary to withdraw your child, the following refund schedule will apply:
Withdrawal on or before May 1 80% refund
Withdrawal May 1 - June 15 50% refund
No refund for withdrawal after June 30.
$30 is charged for any returned checks.
Check out photos of recent summers!
Students study acting technique in week 1.
In scene study, students analyze scripts and develop characters.
Stage combat is one our most popular specialty classes in week 1.
Clowning is sometimes another specialty in week 1.
Students work on vocal technique in week 2.
In weeks 2, 3 & 4 students get individual coaching in individual sessions with vocal instructors.
In week 2 students learn choreography and how to perform as an ensemble.
All singers, from the experienced to the novice, learn valuable techniques in voice class while having a great time!
Weeks 1 and 2 end with a workshop performance that highlights the skills that were learned each week.
Kids are encouraged to perform solos or in groups.
At lunchtime students are free to spread out and relax in the air-conditioned theater or outside on the grounds.
There are plenty of peaceful shaded places for kids to enjoy their lunch.
Students are sometimes grouped by age and experience.
Our non-competitive atmosphere fosters friendship and camaraderie.
In weeks 3 & 4, students create from scratch their own Dreamcatcher Junior show.
Dreamcatcher Junior is developed, rehearsed and performed by the students on the last night of the STC.
Also this summer:
We're partnering with Rocket Improv to offer an all-improv camp immediately following DRT JR!
For more information: