Virtual Theatre Summer Camp 2020

CSC VIRTUAL THEATRE SUMMER CAMP 2020

This summer, CSC is bringing the Summer Camp experience into your own home.

CSC Virtual Theatre Summer Camp aims to take everything that is great about our regular Summer Camp experience and bring it right into your living room. Each one-week session will be a combination of online and offline activities designed to spark creativity, foster community and explore new and exciting ways to make theatre.

CSC VIRTUAL THEATRE SUMMER CAMP BENEFITS

• Fun and challenging physical and mental engagement through theatre based activities

• A structure aimed towards minimizing screen time and mass Zoom Room type classes

• Liberal amount of off-screen activities

• Fostering of personal connections, support and a sense of community among students

• Facilitation of creative collaboration

• Exploration of new and alternative avenues of theatrical creativity

WHAT WE PROVIDE

• Expert instruction from experienced theatre professionals

• All necessary scripts, worksheets and supplemental masterclass materials (delivered electronically)

• A high-quality recorded and shareable version of your student’s final performance project

• Technical assistance and guidance, including a pre-camp Zoom tutorial for those unfamiliar with the platform

• Final Performance Project- Throughout the week, students will work CSC Teaching Artists to create a Final Performance Project. We’ll be taking advantage of our online format to expand beyond traditional scene presentations to explore innovative and exciting new ways to engage with theatre and with Shakespeare- video projects, radio plays, even full blown movie trailers! On the last day of camp we’ll have an invited viewing party where students will share their projects with family and friends. In addition, each student will be provided with a high-quality recording of their project to watch and share whenever they like!

WHAT YOU NEED

• Internet connection

• Internet capable device for each student in household. There should a stable place to mount their screen (computer, tablet or phone) so they can participate in activities without having to hold onto their device.

• A space where students can stretch, move around, and make noise freely, with few limitations or distractions. The occasional family member passing through the room is fine, but it is important that pets, siblings or other distracting elements be kept away during camp hours so students can focus and create unselfconsciously.

• Specified materials for crafts projects

• General parental oversight during camp hours in case of emergencies. Only the TOTS program for 1st and 2nd Campers is tailored to our youngest campers, geared around interactive story-telling, has activities to be done with parents. It is a shortened day with shortened class periods catering to shortened attention spans. Otherwise you can use most of the time during camp to focus on other things at home or Work from Home!

2020 CSC VIRTUAL THEATRE SUMMER CAMP

At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Summer Camp is one of our absolute favorite times of the year. The passion, creativity and energy of the students and the loving and supportive community that they create is what CSC education is all about. And even though we may not be able to gather in person, that’s not going to stop us connecting and creating with all the students and Teaching Artists that we love! So we are happy to announce CSC’s new CSC VIRTUAL THEATRE SUMMER CAMP!

CSC Virtual Theatre Summer Camp aims to take everything that is great about our regular Summer Camp experience and bring it right into your living room. Each one-week session will be a combination of online and offline activities designed to spark creativity, foster community and explore new and exciting ways to make theatre. Students will engage physically, vocally and of course mentally in wide range of activities. Everything from learning accents to special effects make-up, to virtual stage combat (we’re still working out the details, but we’re going to make it happen) And we’ve based it all on suggestions from you- including built in lessons plans for reducing screen time! Over the past several weeks we’ve been talking with parents, teachers, and especially students about their online class experiences. We’ve received so much wonderful feedback about what works well and what does not, where online learning can excel, where it falls short, and lots of brilliant ideas for getting out from behind the screen. And through our month long online PROJECT38 Festival with local schools and students, we’ve been inspired by the hundreds of delightfully innovative ways students and teachers have been collaborating and creating great art. We’ve taken all of that and used it to craft a summer camp experience that will be rich, rewarding, and a whole lot of fun!

2020 Dates

Each age group will be offered for 2 weeks. Students are encouraged to do both weeks as new and exciting topics and activities will be offered at each week.

CSC TOTS
AGES: 1st-2nd Grades (completed)
SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri, 10:00-2:00

ELEMENTARY CAMP
AGES: 3rd-5th Grades (completed)
SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri, 10:00-3:00

Dates:
WEEK 1: JUNE 8-12, 2020
WEEK 2: JULY 6-10, 2020

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MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP
AGE: 6th-8th Grades (completed)
SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri, 10:00-3:00
Optional Viewing Party 3:15-5:00

Dates:
WEEK 1: JUNE 15-19, 2020
WEEK 2: JULY 13-17, 2020

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HIGH SCHOOL CAMP
AGE: 9th-12th Grades (completed)
SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri, 10:00-3:00
Optional Viewing Party 3:15-5:00

Dates:
WEEK 1: JUNE 22-26, 2020
WEEK 2: JULY 20-24, 2020

WHAT DOES A DAY OF CAMP-AT-HOME SUMMER CAMP ENTAIL?

Elementary, Middle, and High School Camps will follow a similar schedule to the below sample. See a sample TOTS schedule at the bottom of the page.

Camp days run from 10:00-3:00 with an optional guided “Viewing Party” from 3:15-5:00. Below is an example of the daily camp schedule.

10:00-10:30: A group warm up on Zoom, followed by theatre games specifically adapted to be played online (if you think Zip Zap Zop is fun, wait til you play Zip Zap Zoom!).

10:30-11:15: The Daily Theatre Challenge, a contest between teams of students that will require offline ingenuity and online collaboration. Students may be challenged to recreate famous scenes from Shakespeare using only a specific list of household items, or go on a scavenger hunt to find certain “Shakespearean” objects in their homes.
*MINIMIZED SCREEN TIME ACTIVITY

11:15-12:00: Activities and masterclasses led by your favorite CSC Teaching Artists in their areas of expertise- we’ll even have some special guests that could only be made possible by this Virtual format!

12:00-1:00: LUNCH BREAK at home

1:00-1:45: Makers’ Corner, Hands-on craft activity from building your own model set, to making your own stage blood, to creating your own Shakespeare-themed COVID mask!
*MINIMIZED SCREEN TIME ACTIVITY

1:45-2:45: Performance Project Rehearsal, CSC pros will guide small student groups in the creation of Shakespeare-inspired audio and video projects, movie trailers and more, which will be shared out at the end of the week.

2:45-3:00: End-of-Day Group Check-In

3:15-5:00: Optional Daily Viewing Party (for Middle and High School Camps). Following each camp day, students may “gather” virtually to watch a favorite piece of Shakespeare-centric entertainment (movie, recorded performance, TV show, etc) chosen by one of our teaching artists, who will also provide guided discussion. We have made this an optional part of the day to allow for what works best in your new normal family schedule in the afterschool/evening hours.

SAMPLE TOTS SCHEDULE (for 1st and 2nd Graders)

CSC TOTS is a camp tailored to our youngest campers, geared around interactive story-telling and activities to be done with parents. It is a shortened day with shortened class periods catering to shortened attention spans.

10:00-10:30Warm-up and games

10:30-11:00 Interactive Story Session, led by CSC Teaching Artist

11:00-11:30 Follow Up Story Activity 1. An individual, engaging activity based on the day’s story. Anything from illustrating your favorite part of the story to creating your Family Crest.
*A MINIMIZED SCREEN TIME ACTIVITY

11:30-12:00 Follow Up Story Activity 2

12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK (and optional nap time)

1:00-1:45 Theatre Crafts Project. Our Teaching Artists will guide exciting hands-on activities, from building paper towel tube swords, to making costumes from nothing, to constructing a model set!
*A MINIMIZED SCREEN TIME ACTIVITY

1:45-2:00 End-of-Day Check-In and group good bye!