Summer Theatre Camp for Kids grades 5-12
We are ready to move forward with plans for Dreamcatcher Junior! Based on the New Jersey State health guidelines, day camps will be allowed to open in person on July 6. Things will be different, no doubt, but we will retain the same creative and collaborative spirit the program is built upon.
In planning for Dreamcatcher Junior, it is our primary priority to keep our students and teachers safe while providing a lively and joyful experience. As guidance from the state becomes more specific, we will adapt our practices to comply.
We will be holding 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. From 1-3, students will meet online as a group and in smaller work groups as they brainstorm and create their original script.
Unfortunately, gathering families to watch an in-person final performance will not be possible at the end of July. Our final presentation will be a video, written, produced and created by the DRT JR ensemble and debuted on the evening of July 24 at 7 pm.
As a baseline, our guidelines for our in-person morning session include:
Maintaining small group size
Keeping six feet or more between participants
Taking some activities outdoors, weather permitting
Requiring students and staff to wear masks unless otherwise indicated
No masks will be required outdoors with distancing in place
More than six feet distance will be required when singing if masks are off
Taking temperatures of all participants daily; anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be sent home
Cutting dance classes, though perhaps other specialty workshops will replace them
Limiting sharing of supplies
Using the theatre (now air conditioned!) rather than the lobby when indoors, so safe distance can be maintained
Staggering bathroom use to prevent lines
Prohibiting use of water fountains
Providing hand sanitizer
Disinfecting high touch points at beginning and end of day
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.
Check out photos of recent summers!
Schedule: Summer 2020
Dates: July 6-24, 2020
The three weeks of the program must be taken in their entirety.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm
Final performance: Friday, July 24, 7pm
Alumni Pricing: $800
(For returning 2019 students registering before March 31, 2020)
Early Bird: $850
(For all other students registering before April 15, 2020)
(after April 15, 2020)
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.
New this summer:
Rocket Improv will offer a week-long all-improv camp immediately following DRT JR! A $25 discount off the Rocket Improv price will be offered to DRT JR participants.
Dates: July 27 -- July 31st
Time: 9:00AM — 3:00PM
Showcase: July 31, 7:00PM — 8:00PM
Where: The Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ 07901
Fee: $385 ($360 for DRT JR students)