21 January 2015

You might think it is in your best interest to offer a production of a big Broadway show at your camp, but the reality is that might not be the most effective option for you.     If you have found yourself in a situation where campers are missing other activities as they prepare for the show, or your drama specialist is aggravated about unexpected trips and campers not being able to memorize lines, you might want to consider performance types that are easier to execute and equally as enjoyable.

Here are the criteria we use to determine whether a full-scale production is the best option for you:

  • The kids in the play are at camp and able to rehearse for at least 3 1/2 weeks.
  • The Drama Specialist will have at least an hour a day of rehearsal time with the entire cast.
  • There are at least 10 kids who will sign up for the play.
  • There is additional staff available to help with music, dance, scenery, and stage management.

If you did not select yes to all of the above, an effective full-scale production might not be ideal. Don't worry!  There are some excellent options you can utilize to create special performances.  

Comedy Showcase- A mix of improvisation, skits, and pre-approved stand up.

Choose Your Own Adventure- A performance with characters and dialogue created by the campers.

Variety Show- A mix of songs from musicals, scenes and monologues, and glee-like dance numbers and performances.

mainstages offers scripts and program templates for shows that will work for your camp. 

Get more details in our free camp theater report:  5 Simple Steps to Offer an Impactful Theater Program at Your Camp!