Bay Street Summer Camps Come Alive

Bay Street Summer Camps Come Alive

Is your young one an aspiring thespian who needs to spend the summer months honing his or her acting and musical theater skills? Maybe they’re just overly theatrical and in need of a creative outlet? If either hypothetical describes your would-be summer camper, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is the place to look. They’ll be offering six weeklong camps in three different age groups throughout July and August—everything from puppeteering to Shakespeare. The theater will also be offering weeklong workshops in scene work, in which students will learn about acting, directing and designing (July 24–28, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.); and costume design, which culminates in an art show displaying student work (August 21–25, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) and several singleday Teen Master Classes. Get out there and break a leg this summer!

Ages 4–7
At Puppet Power Camp (July 24–28), youngsters will learn about, and play with, a variety of puppets. Campers will work with Goat on a Boat’s Liz Joyce to build their own puppets, sets and scenery in preparation for an original puppet show created for family and friends. Who wouldn’t be curious to see what a puppet show by 4- to 7-year-olds looks like?

At Play Makers Camp (August 14–18) campers will sing and dance their way through the week, participating in theater-based arts and crafts. Teacher Jessica Schwartz will guide campers through activities inspired by what goes into making a play. At the end, campers will be able to show off their shiny new skills to family and friends.

Ages 7–9
From July 17–21, My Life: The Musical gives campers the opportunity to create and perform their very own musical. They’ll develop ideas for an original script and learn songs and choreography, all culminating in a presentation on the Bay Street Theater’s main stage. Campers also receive instruction on acting, singing, dance and musical theater history.

Taught by Carolann DiPirro, a professional actor for over 30 years, whose credits include Saturday Night Live and The Sopranos, in the Remix Shakespeare camp (August 7–11) kids will have fun stretching their imaginations and exploring creative ways of expressing the popular themes and language of the Bard. In the end, campers will present original work for family and friends.

Ages 9–12

My Life: The Musical has two separate dates for older campers, July 10–14 and August 14–18. These weeklong camps have the same objectives for the younger kids as described above. This camp will be taught by Kristen Poulakis, who has co-owned and directed two musical theater companies, ACT Out East and the East End Children’s Theater Company at the Vail Leavitt Music Hall. As with the younger group, these campers will participate in creative theater games and improvisations designed to help develop communication skills and encourage them to expand their imaginative abilities.

Shakespeare Mini-Mainstage (August 21–25) will see campers embarking on a week long journey into Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. Bay Street campers will work with Carolann DiPerro to explore an abridged, kid-friendly version of the play, a full 418 years after it’s believed to have been written. Then they’ll put on their own production. Upon booking, and subject to availability, campers will receive two free tickets to Bay Street’s Mainstage production of As You Like It for themselves and a parent or guardian.

All weeklong camps meet from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Costs are $475 per child for one week; $850 for two weeks; and $1,000 for three weeks.

1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-0818, baystreet.org

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