In this intensive, students will develop various acting techniques and the skills needed to perform on stage. Our days will be filled with theater games and exercises, ensemble building/teamwork activities, professional vocal techniques, and—of course—rehearsals! Students will be cast in a play that will be produced and rehearsed over the course of the two weeks and performed for an audience of family and friends at the end of the camp.
June 30 – July 13, 2024
Two week session
Friday, July 12, 2024
Junior Players Theatre
Evening, exact time TBD
14 – 17
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Each actor will be a star in this exhilarating, two-week program which gives personal focus to the actor’s techniques and skills needed to perform on stage. Our days will be filled with theater games and exercises, ensemble building/teamwork activities, professional vocal techniques, and of course, rehearsals! We will perform a rich, character-driven play with plenty of parts for all! You will audition, memorize lines, learn stage movement, and rehearse each day to hone your skills. The program will culminate in a full performance of our play with fun costumes, props, and sets. There may be opportunities for playing an instrument, singing, dancing, stage combat, and other individual talents you have, depending on the needs of the project.
“The Play’s the Thing” has something for everyone. If you’re new to acting or an old pro, we welcome you! The performance will be inclusive of all levels of experience and talents.
This is an exciting, two-week program for enthusiastic and motivated actors. Rehearsals take place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm. There will be evening rehearsals called as needed during the second week.
This is an open-admission program for all interested students, regardless of their level of experience (or lack thereof). Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting and performing for years. They do, however, need to be willing to project their voices and act onstage.
Students will be asked to send in a video of themselves doing a 1 minute Shakespeare monologue using vocal projection for the stage. Instructions for submitting the video will be sent closer to the start of the program.
Please note that this video will not impact your child’s admission to the program; this is an open-admission program for students of all skill levels. Rather, the video will be utilized to determine your child’s skill level and to help with casting decisions for the production the students will put on during the intensive.
Please also note that although this is an open admission program (no formal audition is required upon entry), students will have casting auditions at camp after working with faculty.
Water bottle (very important to stay hydrated)
A backpack or bag to carry your script and personal items to and from rehearsals
Closed-toed shoes/tennis shoes to rehearse in (no flip flops, sandals, or crocs)
Black/dark dress or skirt, or black/dark leggings, pants and/or jeans
Black dress, character, or jazz shoes, closed-toe dress shoes, or black sneakers
Comfortable clothes you can move in
Hair ties or clips for long hair
White tank tops/undershirts/tee shirts
This is an anticipated list of items needed for this theatre workshop. You may be required to bring additional items pertaining to the specific production. We will communicate with enrolled students on those needs prior to the program.
Johanna McKay has worked extensively with writers and composers to create original plays and musicals which she then directs, and has adapted and directed eleven of Shakespeare’s plays. Her adaptation of “As You Like It” was published by Playscripts, Inc. Johanna is the Curriculum Consultant on the Netflix show “Julie’s Greenroom” which teaches children about the arts. Johanna also teaches theater at Los Angeles City College and directs and teaches for P.S. Arts, a non-profit group that integrates the arts into underfunded public schools in the Los Angeles area. She spends her summers at Idyllwild Fine Arts Camp directing musicals, Shakespearean adaptations, and original plays generated by the students. She has also taught acting and improvisation at UCLA. Johanna has trained with The Groundlings, earned her B.F.A from The Theatre School, DePaul University, and her M.F.A. in theater, film and television from UCLA. Besides film and television, Johanna’s acting credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Dallas Theatre Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and The Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, California.
Judy Heneghan has acted, directed, written plays, and taught both acting and improv for more than 20 years. Judy’s musical credits include being the lead singer of R&B Band, Blue in the Face, in Ireland; she also has numerous musical theater credits. Judy has taught Improvisation Story Theatre in Ireland, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles (LA). She was a teaching artist at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Camp in New York. At Idyllwild Arts, Judy has taught Page to Stage, Improvisation Comedy, and Theatre of Myth. Alongside Johanna McKay, she has taught Shakespeare’s World and “The Play’s The Thing.” Judy co-wrote/created and performs as Olive in the long-running comedy musical The Martini & Olive Show, touring theaters and comedy clubs throughout the country.
Do you love Jewelry? Would you like to learn how to make your own? Well then join us at the “Jewelry Box”! Together we will explore and create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more.
Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form from around the globe. This master class from professional Puppeteer Tania Yager of Twisted Heart Puppetworks, teaches participants basics of construction, lighting, and performance and explores advanced shadow play for art and theater.
The Artist Discovery program allows children, ages 8 to 10, to continue their creative journey. Visual art, music, movement, and drama will be explored through creative play and structured activities that allow for learning all that the arts has to offer. Children may come for multiple weeks and gain new discoveries each session.