Camp IVRT In-Person Theatre Classes begin June 20
Get on stage with Camp IVRT! Inland Valley Repertory Theatre (IVRT) proudly announces in-person musical theatre summer camps. Students ages 7-13 will have a blast creating an original play with songs from hit Broadway musicals, making new friends, and working together in a positive, creative, and encouraging atmosphere.
"We find that students are able to find their voice, express themselves and meet friends with similar interests. The social-emotional learning that happens at Camp IVRT is just one wonderful part of what the students experience,” said Donna Marie Minano, Executive Director at IVRT.
Our successful Broadway musical theatre program is a skill-building powerhouse. Now in its 14th year, students have a blast playing improv games and learning audition skills such as memorizing a monologue, cold reading, developing a character, vocal technique, 16-bar song cuts and basic dance and movement. Sessions focus on different scenes and songs.
"The performing arts set students up for so many successful avenues of creativity,” said Minano. “Studies have shown that children who participate in the arts are more empathic and have better abilities to work together with others.”
Professional teaching artists and energetic high school student assistants work with students in-person and help them find their voice and express their feelings through music, drama, and movement. The activities and games at Camp IVRT help students learn patience, tolerance, discipline, and focus.
Performance camp is the culmination of the program, where students will write their own original plays and rehearse them with songs from hit Broadway musicals.
Camp IVRT will be held in-person at the Claremont Community School of Music and will follow Covid safety guidelines. In sessions one and two, students will learn the basics of acting, singing and movement in a positive, creative, and encouraging atmosphere. Each session will cover different songs and material, so families may sign up for both sessions.
The third session “Performance Camp” is a culmination of the skills learned in prior sessions. Students will work with a local playwright to write their own script, then audition, rehearse and perform their original plays with songs from Broadway musicals.
Improvisational games and exercises, in addition to singing and movement, are at the core of this camp. Students will also gain materials and skills to be able to audition at local theatres. A final demonstration recital is held on the last day of camp.
Session one (June 20-24) and two (June 27-July 1) are Monday through Friday from 9-2pm. Our “Performance Camp” runs for three weeks, from July 11-29. There are no classes the week of July 4th.
For class pricing and to sign up, visit our website at https://www.ivrt.org/camp-ivrt. Camp IVRT is designed to be inclusive, so that every child can have the opportunity to find their voice and express themselves. Thanks to funding from donors and foundations, we have several full and partial scholarships available.
About Camp IVRT:
Camp IVRT is an educational outreach program of the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre (IVRT) company. Camp IVRT was started by IVRT co-founder Donna Marie Minano, a faculty member at the Claremont Community School of Music and a music educator in Claremont. The goal of Camp IVRT is to provide training in acting, singing and dancing/movement to students who are interested in being involved in live theatre and stage acting. Students come away from the program with skills to be able to audition for one of the many theatre organizations in our area.
About Inland Valley Repertory Theatre:
Founded in 1990 by Claremont High School alum Frank Minano and his wife Donna Marie, IVRT is a critically acclaimed regional theater company, garnering widespread honors for its theatrical works. IVRT receives funding from the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the city of Claremont, and the Claremont Educational Foundation, as well as from corporate and individual donors. More information may be found on the website at https://www.ivrt.org/camp-ivrt or by calling (909) 720-7324.
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