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March Break Theatre Camp
 
March Break 2016 Theatre Camp Program

Looking to add a little fun and "drama" to March Break this year? Once again Act One is pleased to present its March Break Theatre Camp!

Open to children ages 6 to 13 years old, in 2016 the camp will run from Monday, March 14th to Friday, March 18th, from 9:00am in the morning until 4:30pm in the afternoon.

Act One's March Break camp takes place at two locations. On the Monday and Wednesday the camp takes place at Greenwood Community Centre in Greenwood (we provide bussing for the campers from the Act One school location). We do this to allow the campers the opportunity for outdoor activities (weather permitting). On the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the camp takes place at the actual Act One School location, as the campers prepare for their Friday Show performances.


Act One Summer Camp 2007 Brochure

March Break 2016
Theatre Camp
Manual Registration Form


On-Line Registration

March Break Theatre Camp Registration is now available on-line. Click below to access the form.


2013 March Break Camp Registration

Regular drop-off is between 8:30 and 9:00am, with pick-up between 4:30 and 5:00pm. To accommodate parents' and guardians' often hectic work schedules, Act One offers an early drop-off and late-pick program where campers can be dropped off at the school anytime from 7:30am and wait to be picked up as late as 6:00pm. Under the dedicated supervision of Act One's camp counsellors, these early and late sessions are not just "waiting room" services but become extensions of the camp day and ensure that campers are left in good hands and have an enjoyable time before and after regular camp hours.

Our March Break Theatre Camp session is planned with the objective of ensuring a balanced mix of fun and games along with creative and challenging activities, all within a theatrical and drama focus. Over the course of the week, campers will experience and enjoy a variety of theatre games, in both small and large group settings that will help them discover new aspects of drama as well as providing hours of memorable fun. We maintain a flexible camp program to allow staff to adjust the week's activities to the experience levels and interests of the participating campers; whether returning "veterans" or those attending for their first time. Throughout it all, our counsellors do not loose sight of the fact that March Break is meant to be enjoyed. Campers can anticipate many familiar and new games, creative challenges, performance opportunities and perhaps the occaisional snow ball fight or two with their counsellors..

March Break Question

Act One is committed to making the camp experience a memorable and rewarding one for all involved: counsellors, parents and most importantly, the campers. Our counsellors are well-versed and positioned to relate to campers both as instructors and as friends. Through the joys and challenges of theatre, they will encourage campers to expand their creativity and imagination, overcome existing fears and discover their own sense of self-confidence and awareness. In fact, a number of our current March Break counsellors are long-time, veteren theatre campers themselves, either with Act One or elsewhere.

They have an intimate knowledge and love of what a theatre camp program has to offer. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in both individual and group activities where they will experience both the value as well as the fun of both personal accomplishment and working as part of a team.

March Break 2016 Theatre Camp
General Camp Schedule

(Please note that with the exception of Wednesday's Pizza Lunch and the Friday, March 16th afternoon Camp Show , the scheduling for other events may be changed due to unanticipated circumstances, etc)

Monday,
March 14th
Morning:
  • Campers spend the day at Greenwood Community Centre in Greenwood Park
  • Getting to know everyone
  • Break into groups
  • Theatre Games
Lunch: Campers responsible for their own food and drinks
Afternoon
  • Break into groups
  • Games and actvities to present and review basic theatre and acting concepts
  • Counsellors lead their groups in a discussion regarding what the campers would like their camp play to be about.
  • Groups work on the outline of their plays
Tuesday,
March 15th
Morning:
  • Campers will spend the day at Act One School
  • More theatre games and activities
Lunch: Campers responsible for their own food and drinks
Afternoon
  • Campers break into their groups and continue to write and develop their plays.
  • Improvisation Break - Campers are introduced to basic concepts of Improvisation and participate in both general Improv games as well as specific Improv exercises to help them discover new possibilities for their plays
  • Campers continue to refine and expand their plays
Wednesday,
March 16th
Morning
  • Campers spend the day at Greenwood Community Centre in Greenwood Park
  • More theatre games and activities
Lunch: Pizza Lunch Day - Pizza, drinks and snacks will be provided
Afternoon
  • Break into groups to workshop and rehearse their group plays
  • Production Session - Campers are introduced to the production components of plays (ie. lighting, sound, propos and costumes, etc) and how they can enhance the performance.
  • Campers establish the production plans for their plays.
Thursday,
March 17th
Morning:
  • Campers will spend the day at Act One School
  • More theatre games and activities - both planned and camper-choice
Lunch: Campers responsible for their own food and drinks
Afternoon
  • Technical Session: Campers experiement with their production ideas in rehearsing their plays. They will learn how a regular play would incorporate these componets into the finished show.
  • Theatre Fun & Games: campers choice of their favorite games from the week.
  • Live rehearsals: Campers get to watch each others' plays and share feedback and ideas with each other.
Friday,
March 18th
Morning:
  • Campers will spend the day at Act One School
  • Groups have final opportunities to rehearse their plays with lighting, sound, costumes and set pieces
Lunch: Campers responsible for their own food and drinks
Afternoon
  • Break into groups for final dress rehearsal of group plays
  • March Break Camp Showcase 3:00-4:30pm
  • Each group will perform their play live on Act One's stage for family and friends (admission free / Complimentary refreshments provided)
  • Final good-byes.
  • Parents free to pick-up their children after show finish.
 

Our March Break Theatre Camp session is capped at a maximum 30 campers. Act One has found this to be a good balance between allowing the fun of a large group and the desire to give every camper adequate individual attention and performance opportunity and ensuring proper supervision.


To accomplish this, we divide the March Break campers into age appropriate groups (ie. 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13) of a maximum of 10 campers per group. A counsellor is then assigned to each group, yielding a maximum 1:10 staff to camper ratio, and taking responsibility for the campers in their group.

Throughout the week various theme days may be highlighted. Designed to foster participation and imagination, these are used as the foundation for campers to help communicate who they are themselves as well as to discover, understand and appreciate the similarities and differences between themselves and their fellow campers.


Like with our summer camps, we realize that camp can't be all fun and games. Sometimes you have to eat! In recognition of this fact, Wednesday, March 16th is Pizza Day. Students are invited to pick from a range of pizza choices and drinks and these are then delivered to the camp. It is our hope that this serves as a fun mid-point from which campers can reflect back on what they've accomplished the past couple of days and to look forward to Thursday and Fridays events.

While half the week is dedicated to drama games and other fun theatre activities, our camp is also designed to help foster performance confidence and experience in a fun and inclusive manner. For part of each camp day, each group will spend time with their counsellor conceiving ideas for their own unique short play. Under the supervision of their counsellor, each group will then spend Monday and Tuesday developing and writing their production. Wednesday and Thursday will provide them with opportunities to workshop and rehearse it. Friday morning is reserved for final dress and technical rehearsal and then Friday afternoon, each group will perform their play on Act One's fully-equipped performance stage.

Family and friends are invited, indeed encouraged, to come and help the campers celebrate what they have created and experienced over the week. Not only will it be a fun event but it provides a unique opportunity for parents and guardians to meet and talk with the camp counsellors if they have any questions and share experiences with fellow parents.

Each play will be between 15 and 25 minutes in length (it all depends on how ambitious the campers want to be!). The show will begin at 3:00pm and usually finishes between 4:30 and 5:00pm. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments are provided.

Following the show, parents are free to take their children home or if the campers wish, to let them enjoy the final few hours and last bus ride back to the school, where they can be picked up later after saying their final good-byes to counsellors and fellow campers alike.


March Break 2016 Theatre Camp - Details

Act One strives to do everything possible to keep its programs accessible and affordable. We are pleased to announce that our camp fees remain unchanged from 2015.

Camp Session Info:

Session
Length
Dates
Fee
March Break
5 Days

March 14 through March 18

$210 + 13% HST


Available Discount Options:

  • 5% referral discount for each new camper [1] referred to the camp by or accompanying an existing March Break camper. This 5% applies to both the referring and newly referred camper.
  • 5% discount for multiple members of the same family (ie. 2nd and/or 3rd family member would each receive an additional 5% discount)
  • 5% discount for current or previous year Act One students or 2015 summer campers
  • 5% discount for returning campers from 2015 March Break camp

    Special Notes:
    1. A new camper is defined as someone who has not attended Act One's classes or camps in the previous 3 years (ie.2013-2015)
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Camp Location Info:

On Monday and Wednesday, the Camp is located at Greenwood Community Centre in Greenwood Park (just north of Pickering). On the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the camp takes place at the Act One School location to allow the campers to prepare for their Friday performances.

Greenwood Park is located slightly north of Pickering near Hwy 7 and Westney Rd.

Parents are asked to drop their children off directly at the camp location.

Early drop-off from 7:30 to 8:30am and late pick-up from 5:00 to 6:00pm is available from the location the camp is on that particular day (ie Don beer Arena on Mon to Wed, and Act one Thurs to Fri).

Other March Break Theatre Camp Info:

Campers are responsible for provision of the following items:

  1. Their own lunch and snacks each day (with the exception of the Wednesday, March 18th Pizza Day).
  2. Appropriate Winter Outdoor clothing (if outdoor activities are chosen by the campers on one or more of the camp days - parents will be advised in advance)
  3. Water and any other drinks (Water is available at the school for $0.50/bottle)
  4. Spare sweater or t-shirt, etc.
  5. Various miscellaneous materials as may be requested by the camper's counsellor.
     
Camp Staff:
 



Auriele Diotte
Camp Director

Auriele is thrilled to be "camping out" again at Act One. She was a Camp Counsellor this past summer and is currently an instructor at the school. She has continued to pursue acting ever since high school, which then lead her to Redeemer University College located in Ancaster. She was involved with many productions such as South Pacific, Drama At Inish, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, and others while studying Theatre Performance, History and French. She is a recent graduate, and now holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has also been apart of the Oshawa Durham Region Métis Council for almost 5 years as a dancer with the Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers and has been the Youth Representative for the past 2 years. Auriele loves working with children and youth and she is excited to share her passion and love for the performing arts with them, as well as make sure they have a great time!

Sonja Niedermaier
Camp Counsellor

Info caming soon.............

TBA
Camp Counsellor

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TBA
Camp Counsellor

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Counsellors-in-Training (CITs):

  • Meaghan Mastinsek
  • Jade Davidson
  • TBA
     
 
     
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