Musical Theatre Summer Camp 2014: Guys and Dolls, Jr.


Camp Ages

Summer musical theatre camp is open to those entering grades 2-8. 


Camp Dates

Session I: June 16-July 13, 2014

Session II: July 15-August 10, 2014


Parent Info Session

We ask that  families new to camp attend a mandatory meeting to learn about our camp.  We will be in touch directly about the  date of this info session.


Structure of Camp

In addition to rehearsing the musical onstage, students will attend daily rotations in small groups, where they will learn about different aspects of theatre. These areas include acting, dance, music, costume design, scenic design, and special projects. We also invite guest artists to teach special workshops. For example, in the past we have offered a very popular stage combat class, a dialects class, a clowning class, and a dramaturgy class.


In addition to our emphasis on theatre, we focus on another co-curricular goal during camp.



Summer staff is comprised of both PVTC year-round staff and a selection of highly skilled teaching artists who have extensive experience teaching children. Additionally, responsible high school and college students serve as interns for a full camp session and are selected through a competitive application and interview process.


Volunteer Opportunities

Portola Valley Children’s Theatre Conservatory encourages families to share in the creativity and fun of a production.  During the summer program, each family is expected to sign up for at least one volunteer opportunity that assist us either through personal time or supplies.  Your help allows for our summer staff to be fully available to our students for any last-minute questions.  A sign-up sheet with job descriptions will be emailed out prior to camp.  



Audition & Callback Process

We want auditions to be a fun, comfortable process for all students. We will begin auditions with games and warm-ups to help put students at ease and focus them for their audition.


Group auditions are held in hour-long time slots, divided by age. Performers will learn a dance combination at the beginning of our audition. They will then have the chance to read a few lines for their first-choice character. All actors are asked to prepare a song, either from the show or something simple, like “Happy Birthday.” Details about material that should be used will be provided at the parent meeting.


If we need to see an actor a second time, they will be asked to attend callbacks. Callbacks provide the casting team with an opportunity to watch actors play more intensively with their characters and see how different actors work together. Not all actors will be called back, but all actors are guaranteed a fun, challenging part in the play.


Auditions will be held in May. Watch your email for specific dates.


Tickets & Seating

At auditions, you received an envelope for ticket orders. After discussing the ticketing process with both Session I and Session II families, the merits of online vs. paper ordering, and the challenge of making sure everyone has an equal opportunity to purchase tickets, we have come up with a new ticketing system for this year. Please note that every camper is limited to 8 tickets to start. Once every family has had a chance to order tickets, if there are extras available, we will offer more tickets to those who want them. Please ask Stacie if you have questions. 



Once casting phone calls have been made, you will receive an email with information about costume basics for your child’s character. Each camper is asked to provide basics like shoes, shirts, pants, etc. Costumes should come to camp LABELED with your child’s name on the first day.


If you have any 1940’s style accessories, like hats, hair pieces, student-sized coats or dresses, jewelry, etc., and you’re willing to let PVTC us it for the summer, go ahead and bring that, too. Any items that you want returned should be clearly labeled with your family’s name on them.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

945 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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