2014 summer education programs for grades 1-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2014

MARIN THEATRE COMPANY OPENS ENROLLMENT FOR
2014 SUMMER PERFORMANCE CAMP AND
PROFESSIONAL ACTOR TRAINING PROGRAM

Three-week long summer theater programs for students entering grades 1-12
culminates in performances at MTC.
Runs June 30 – July 19, 2014

MILL VALLEY, CA— Enrollment is now open for Marin Theatre Company’s Summer Performance Camp for students entering grades 1–10 in the fall in the 2014 and Professional Actor Training Program for students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2014. Both experiential theater education programs run 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, June 30–July 19, 2014, at Ring Mountain Day School, 70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley; culminating in fully staged public performances on July 18 and 19 at MTC, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley.

Performance Camp is a three-week long day camp that features morning training sessions and afternoon rehearsals with professional theater artists. Campers will be divided into age-specific groups that take classes in character development, dance, singing, improvisation, master classes and more and also rehearse Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Final performances of the 60-minute musical adapted from the 1953 Disney animated film are fully produced with costumes, sets and props.

A popular summer program, MTC’s Summer Performance Camp regularly receives praise from participants – “This was the best experience of my life!” “This is the best camp ever!” – and parents – “My child loved the whole experience. It is such a positive theater camp. The productions are always impressive.”

New this year, the Professional Actor Training Program is a three-week intensive that features professional development workshops in the morning and afternoon rehearsals with professional theater artists. The program is designed to place the same expectations on students as would be placed on professional actors, as they navigate through the process of creating a play from auditions to rehearsal to final performances. Workshops will cover such topics as how to communicate with the director and stage manager, taking effective blocking notes and the role of the actor in the rehearsal process.

The high school-age Training Program will produce Once on this Island, a one-act musical based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy – often described as A Little Mermaid with a dash of Romeo and Juliet and set in the French Antilles.

FACTS & CALENDAR INFORMATION

WHAT
2014 Summer Performance Camp (grades 1-10)
2014 Professional Actor Training Program (grades 9-12)

WHEN
June 30 – July 19, 2014 (July 4 off)

Camp/Program schedule:
June 30 – July 19, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (extended care available)

Performance schedule:
Summer Performance Camp: July 18 – 19, between 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The performance schedule will be set by May 1. (July 18 starts as a normal camp day at 9:00 a.m. Campers will be able to watch each other’s performances. The day will end with a full camp family potluck.)

Professional Actor Training Program: July 18 – 19, at 7pm

WHERE

Camp/Program:
Ring Mountain Day School | 70 Lomita Drive | Mill Valley

Performances and technical rehearsals:
Marin Theatre Company | 397 Miller Avenue | Mill Valley

DETAILS
Summer Performance Camp: Three-week intensive summer day camp for students entering grades 1-10 in the fall, culminating with fully staged performances of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Marin Theatre Company’s program takes students through the process of creating a play, from auditions through rehearsal to performing in a full-scale production. Students will engage their imaginations, study theater and work together as an ensemble to put on a production during this exciting and comprehensive summer experience. Campers are divided into age specific groups that attend theater classes and rehearsals together.

Professional Actor Training Program: Three-week intensive for students entering grades 9-12, culminating in performances on Once on this Island in the Boyer Theater at Marin Theatre Company. Performers are immersed into the process of mounting a production like professional actors. Students will engage the skills that they have developed through their high school drama programs as they apply them in an advanced environment that raises the bar of expectation and challenges each actor to take their craft to the next level. As the program is structured after a professional rehearsal process, students will have one professional development workshop in the morning and the remainder of the day will be focused on rehearsal.

COST
$1,200 per child | Full and partial scholarships are available.

CONTACT
marintheatre.org/summer-camp/ | marintheatre.org/teen-summer-camp/
(415) 388-5200, ext. 3310 | education@marintheatre.org

ABOUT DISNEY’S PETER PAN JR.
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate Captain Hook! This production has great roles for every child from fairies to lost boys to pirates and mermaids. Join Marin Theatre Company in Neverland this summer!

ABOUT ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Once on This Island is the highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, fantastical gods guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

ABOUT MTC
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a five-show Theater Series for Young Audiences in partnership with the Bay Area Children's Theatre in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 6,000 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year. MTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

PRESS CONTACT
Sasha Hnatkovich, Communications Director
(415) 388-5200, ext. 3313 | sasha@marintheatre.org

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