Kaleidoscope Drama Camp
What: Professional theatrical educators from Compass Creative Dramatics (CCD) will take students through five days of rehearsals and workshops, culminating in two musical performances of Cinderella (Saves the World)!
Not only is the CCD residency taught by professional actors from the Chicago area, but the kids get an opportunity to perform on stage with them as well. Two actor/educators perform right next to the student actors, leading by example, and sharing the experience of live performance. They’re right there on -stage, offering support and helping your child shine. CCD provides all of the elements of the production—professionally designed and produced music, costumes, props, sets, and make-up—all to make this an unforgettable experience for your student!
When: June 13th-17th 9:30 am-3:30 pm (9:30 am-7:30 pm on Friday)
Who: any students in grades K-11; no experience required!
Students must have turned five on or before December 1st, 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: To keep the CCD educators safe and healthy and maintain the viability of the CCD traveling summer residency program, ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR FACE MASKS THROUGHOUT THE RESIDENCY (except during food and water breaks) unless they are fully vaccinated. Vaccinated students must provide proof of vaccination, with the second shot being dated on or before May 30th, 2022.
CCD reserves the right to also require vaccinated participants to wear face masks throughout the residency if the Covid situation in any of the areas where they operate changes between now and the time of the residency.
Where: Hirvonen Hall Gymnasium
417 Quincy in Hancock; the old Hancock High School building
The performance will take place in the auditorium.
Cost: $175 per student
Each enrolled sibling will receive a $20 discount.
Kaleidoscope students are eligible for scholarships and should contact Kaleidoscope staff for more information.
Performances: Friday, June 17th at 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 12 and under. Tickets will be available for purchase with cash or card at pick-up and drop-off throughout the week, as well as starting 45 minutes before the start of each performance. One free adult ticket is included with every registration!
What play will the students be doing?
During our week with Compass Creative Dramatics, our students will learn, play, and perform Cinderella (Saves the World!).
Plot synopsis: When the local superhero league announces it’s looking for new members, Cinderella is eager to try out so she can make the world a better place. The only problem is (unlike her lazy stepsisters) she wasn’t born with a superpower! But a group of friendly scientists have a few tricks up their sleeves, and with their assistance (plus the help of some curious kittens and a very mysterious group of elderly folk) Cinderella just might find a way to save the world!
Why should I enroll my child?
Your students will learn and grow throughout the week.
CCD encourages kids to expand their horizons by stretching their creativity muscles as they explore the dramatic arts by participating in a musical theatrical production of a classic children’s story.
The residency is a great opportunity to make new friends. Students are integrated during rehearsals, so your child will learn how to collaborate with students from a multitude of grades.
CCD programming encourages imagination and critical thinking, providing a safe environment in which kids can take healthy risks and explore their strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the week, our students learn about themselves and discover how to turn their limitations into assets.
All students, K-11th grade, are part of the play, a cooperative process that encourages empathy, trust and responsibility. The week culminates in the students’ full-length musical performance!
A Compass Creative Dramatics theater residency is the perfect place for your student to be an individual, valued part of a collaborative team.
How does the play get cast?
CCD educators meet the students on the first day of the residency, and within a few hours they will have auditioned them and cast them in their roles! Every child has an important role in the show. The educators are pros, and are great at assessing students’ strengths and assets quickly in auditions and casting them accordingly. Each child will have an opportunity to shine and grow during the week!
Should the students prepare anything for auditions?
Nope! CCD has a fantastic system that allows them to guide students through an easy step-by-step audition that allows them to observe the students’ comfort with basic lines, movement, and singing.
My child is shy. How will the theater residency help my child? Will they feel comfortable?
One of the strengths of the CCD team lies in assessing each child’s comfort levels and building from there. The program has been developed to give each student a support network on-stage and off. They work in groups and are supported on-stage by the other members of the cast, as well as by the two adult actor/educators who perform alongside them. This level of teamwork usually helps alleviate most students’ initial fears and concerns. It encourages the students both to feel safe and to grow throughout the week. While they don’t promise to erase all stage fright from the students, CCD has a great track record of helping shy kids find their voice and become more comfortable in their skin.
My child has never been in a play. Is that okay?
Absolutely! This program is designed to be customized and flexible to suit a wide variety of ages, experience levels, and talents. This is a great way for your child to have a fantastic week-long immersion in theater. CCD adjusts the teaching and guidance as well as the level of difficulty for each student, which means your child won’t feel left out or look out of place, even if this is their first time!
My child is a veteran of the stage. Is this program still right for them?
Since this program is designed to be customized and flexible to a wide variety of ages, experience, and talents, the educators are able to adjust the teaching and guidance as well as the level of difficulty for each student, which means even if you have a budding star on your hands, they’ll be glad to help nurture your child, challenge them to further growth, and give them another wonderful theatrical experience.
What if my child would like to be part of the play but doesn’t want to act?
While the majority of students will act in the play, we also offer five backstage technician slots. Students must be in 3rd grade or above in order to be a technician.
Student technicians will have the same camp schedule as the performing students and will participate in the auditions and all theater workshops. This allows the students in technician roles to explore all aspects of theater in a supportive, low-pressure environment and to build teamwork and rapport with their fellow students. They will work behind the scenes during rehearsals and in the performance, and may have responsibilities like running lights or sound, helping move scenery, or other tasks assigned by the CCD actor/educators to help keep the show running smoothly.
Please indicate on the registration form if your child would like to enroll as a technician and we will reach out to you via email to confirm which positions are available.
If my child is not available for the entire week or would need to miss a performance, can they still enroll in the program?
We understand that you and your child are both busy individuals and have other commitments.. However, because of the very collaborative nature of the program, students cannot be excused from rehearsals or performances.
May I stay and observe?
Definitely! CCD understands parents’ desire to be sure their student is well adjusted to a new environment and for guardians to get familiar and comfortable with the CCD staff. CCD has an open rehearsal policy. As long as your presence is not a distraction to the students, your student included, you are more than welcome to observe throughout the duration of our residency. However, please note that if at any time a CCD staff member deems your presence may be hindering the students’ ability to learn or focus, you will be asked to wait outside of the rehearsal space in a common area. More information about this and other residency policies can be found in the Student and Guardian Codes of Conduct, which are included in the registration form.
What does my family need to provide for the week?
For the whole week:
Pack a snack and a lunch for your child to bring with them daily. Please do not drop food off during the day. Food break timings will vary slightly day-to-day and we do not want to have a student miss out because a delivery hasn’t been made, or rehearsal to be disrupted with food deliveries.
A water bottle. It is very important that the students are able to stay well hydrated during rehearsal. Water fountains are available on-site for refilling water bottles.
Lightweight, comfortable clothes. We will be up and dancing and moving a lot and it is important that students dress accordingly. We also request for students’ safety that they only wear shoes with closed toes and heel. No flip-flops or sandals, please.
Paper grocery bag. We request that everyone bring a large brown paper grocery bag with their name and character name written on them. This will be their storage bag for when they are not in costume on Friday.
A set of base clothes: neutral-colored t-shirt/tank top and shorts and closed toe/heel shoes. Though we provide the costumes, we do request that your student have a specific outfit to wear under their costume that is solid and neutral-colored (i.e. no pictures, writing, polka dots, etc.). Please do not wear this outfit to rehearsal. Have this be a separate outfit that is brought with them in their grocery bag.