2019 Summer Theatre Programs
Summer with Theatre Aspen enhances creative impulses, strengthens collaborative skills, builds confidence, and MUCH more. It empowers students of all ages to meet life head-on wherever they go, and in whatever circumstances they find themselves, whether on stage, in the classroom, the workplace or beyond.
And on top of it all…it’s FUN!
Performance Programs: Musical Theatre Workshop (Grds 3-6) | Triple Threat Training (Grd 7-12) | Summer Conservatory (Grd 7-12) | The Miner Keys (Grd 9-12)
Scholarships - Theatre Aspen has never turned away a student for financial need.
*Grades are determined by the grade they will be entering at the end of the summer.
Theatre Aspen Summer Experience
At Theatre Aspen, young actors have the opportunity to explore all different areas of theatre while building their confidence, empathy, and ability to collaborate. Encouraging students to take risks, try something new, and use their unique voice, Theatre Aspen is a safe space for all students at all skill levels.
With industry professionals from Broadway and Regional theatres and Teaching Artists from top-flight national theatre programs, your child will receive training that is second to none, while preparing for a breakthrough in confidence and capability.
Our Summer Home
Once again our summer experiences will be held at the beautiful Aspen Community School campus in Woody Creek! (pictured below)
Optional Bus Transportation
For optimal convenience, you can have your student ride our bus to and from Aspen Community School for a nominal weekly fee. Just let us know when you register.
Hours That Accommodate Your Schedule!
Our regular program hours are 9am to 4pm. If you include optional bus transportation, we’ve got your work day covered with quality instruction and summer fun for your children.
Our summer experiences cover three to four areas of theatre during each program and include both structured and unstructured outdoor time, complementing the Roaring Fork Valley philosophy of living: Mind, Body, & Spirit.
We believe students can create great theatre. We also believe students should SEE great theatre! All Kindergarten through 6th Grade participants receive a voucher to redeem for one student ticket for The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, or Little Shop of Horrors at the Hurst Theatre. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired! See our website for complete details.
Juniors #1: Jitterbugs
Broadway and Hip Hop Dance | Drama Games | Design | Outdoor Team Time
The Jitterbug is contagious and the only cure is a double dose of dance! Learn two dance styles, Broadway and Hip Hop, and use drama games to help you express yourself through different types of performance. At the end of the week you’ll dance to “The Jitterbug” from The Wizard of Oz along with a pop hit in an end-of-week showcase for friends and family.
Juniors #2: It Came From Outer Space!
Singing | Design | Creative Drama | Outdoor Team Time
Blast off to a new galaxy, using your theatre and design skills to navigate the stars! Students will create their very own rocket ship and alien puppet, play drama games, and hone their vocal talents with familiar songs about the “final frontier.” Bring friends and family on an interstellar journey at the end-of-week showcase when you present an original story about your travels to faraway planets.
Juniors #3: Lions and Tigers and Bears
Design | Character Movement | Drama Games | Outdoor Team Time
Oh my! Whether talking with Dr. Dolittle or following the Yellow Brick Road, you won’t believe the creatures you will meet! Create a unique animal persona by exploring character development, playing fun movement games, and designing your very own animal mask. Present your character in an original movement piece performed to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” at the end of the week.
Juniors #4: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Singing | Design | Drama Games | Outdoor Team Time
Dates: July 8-12, 2019
Tuition: Only $330
Feeling creative? Let your imagination take you to new heights with this design-based class. Envision your own faraway lands, then use your artistic skills to bring them to life with theatrical backdrops, set pieces and more! This session culminates in a showcase where students will share their designs and creations, and perform the classic song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
Juniors #5: Munchkinland
Singing | Dance | Story Drama | Outdoor Team Time | Performance Opportunity
Just because you’re little doesn’t mean you can’t go on a BIG adventure! Our youngest performers have the opportunity to go from Munchkinland to merry old Oz in this class, participating in drama games while learning a song and dance from our upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. Close out the week with an original story set in Munchkinland.
Performance Option: The following week, appear alongside our advanced Conservatory students on our professional stage while singing and dancing to a number in one or more performances of The Wizard of Oz. Students get to keep a costume piece. Students will come to a rehearsal of The Wizard of Oz during the week of July 22 (Date and Time TBD) to be put in to the show. They can appear in one or more of the 9 morning performances of the show over its two-week run. They will be chaperoned, coached, and encouraged through the entire process. Add the Performance Option during checkout to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
#6: The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle
Singing | Dance | Creative Drama | Outdoor Team Time | Performance Opportunity
Dr. Dolittle is the friendliest doctor around, and he needs your help! Come join him on his animal-saving adventures as you learn a song and dance from the classic musical, Dr. Dolittle. You’ll work on creating an original story and learn what it takes to be part of a team in this performance-based program!
Performance Option: Appear alongside the “big kids” while singing and dancing the following week in our Musical Theatre Workshop performance of Dr. Dolittle, Jr at the Black Box Theatre. Students get to keep a costume piece. Students will come to a dress rehearsal of Dr. Dolittle on Wednesday, July 31 to be put in to the show. They can appear in one or more of the 4 morning performances of the show over its run from August 1 through August 3. TheyThey will be chaperoned, coached, and encouraged through the entire process. Add the Performance Option during checkout to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
#7: Littlest Plant Shop
Singing | Puppetry | Design | Outdoor Team Time
You don’t need a green thumb to join us for this class, where plants and imaginations both have plenty of room to grow! Inspired by our mainstage musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, students will learn a song from the show and create their own talking outer space plant puppet! Share your creation with friends and family at our final showcase!
Broadway Bootcamp Jr.: Defying Gravity
Singing | Broadway Dance | Improv | Design
Description: Everyone deserves a chance to fly! Forget Aspen - let’s spend a week in Oz, where you’ll make new friends while learning songs from Wicked and other Broadway musicals. You’ll also dance, laugh out loud while practicing improv, and design a unique costume accessory for your character for the end-of-week showcase.
Movie Star Camp: EMMYs
Perform in a Movie | See yourself on the Big Screen
Session I: June 24-28, 2019; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, June 30
Session II: August 5-9; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, August 11
Your EMMY™-award awaits! Experience the fun of starring in a movie! Students in the EMMY class (Grades 3-6) will learn the art of on-camera acting, improvisational acting, and script-writing while starring in a short professionally-produced movie. Developed by a producer who has worked for Disney and Nickelodeon, the curriculum this summer focuses on non-verbal communication skills. Students develop these acting skills through fun, unique acting games and while rehearsing for their upcoming movie scenes. Then, on Sunday, students are treated to a VIP, red-carpet movie premiere with their family at the ISIS movie theater in Aspen to view the results. MOVIE STAR CAMP™ is designed to help young actors discover new skills while creating imaginative family movies!
For Musical Theatre Workshop - Dr. Dolittle, see Performance Programs
Broadway Bootcamp - Stage & Screen: Big Break
Scene Acting | Stage Combat | Physical Characterization | Acting for Film
Ever wondered how your favorite actors do what they do? Now is your chance to discover the storytelling skills of the stars. Give your audience an unforgettable performance through techniques the acting masters use, whether in dialogue, physical characterization, stage combat, or on-camera acting. A great opportunity for non-musical actors to shine, and essential for musical actors looking for an edge in their performance ability. Show off your skills at an end-of-week showcase, featuring scripted scenes and a 3 Stooges-style fight scene.
Broadway Bootcamp - Musical Theatre: The Guys and Dolls Experience
Broadway Dance | Improv | Voice
Inspired by our mainstage production of the beloved classic Guys and Dolls, this Broadway Bootcamp will give you training in singing and dancing to a medley of songs from the show, including “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and more. Get experience in improv and character work to round out your skillset. Perform for friends and family at the end-of-week showcase.
Movie Star Camp: OSCARs
Perform in a Movie | Write and Create a Movie With Your Class | See yourself on the Big Screen
Session I: June 17-21; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, June 23
Session II: August 5-9; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, August 11
Get ready to craft an OSCAR™-worthy performance! Students in the OSCAR class (Grades 7 and up) will learn the art of on-camera acting, improvisational acting, and script-writing while starring in a short professionally-produced movie. In addition, the OSCAR class is given an opportunity to write, storyboard, and direct their own class movie. Developed by a producer who worked for Disney and Nickelodeon, the curriculum this summer focuses on non-verbal communication skills. Throughout rehearsals, students will practice finding conflict in their scenes which will add intensity and believability to their movie performances. Then, on Sunday, students are treated to a VIP red-carpet movie premiere along with their family at the ISIS movie theater in Aspen to view the results. MOVIE STAR CAMP™ is designed to help young actors discover new skills while creating imaginative family movies!
Musical Theatre Workshop: Dr. Dolittle
Workshops in Singing, Dance and Design | Rehearse and Perform a Musical
Dr. Dolittle is a slightly wacky, but ever-so-kind doctor who can talk to animals. His quest to help these creatures leads him on a perilous journey, but in the end he comes face to face with the oldest and wisest creature on earth - the Great Pink Sea Snail. Come along on this adventure to make friends and put your acting, singing, and dancing skills to the test as you help tell this timeless tale based on the stories of Hugh Lofting.
RETURNING THIS YEAR: In addition to fully-staged performances in the Black Box Theatre, classes include acting, singing, dance, and design to boost your abilities and confidence.
ALL NEW!: Triple Threat Training: Breakthrough
Advanced Workshops With Broadway Pros | Cabaret Performance
By audition only.
Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Performance: Saturday, June 22, 10:30am
Tuition: Broadway-veteran training for only $595
This is the next level! Theatre Aspen’s Director-in-Residence, Elise Kinnon (The Wizard of Oz, choreographer for Little Shop of Horrors), leads a team of Broadway veterans who will bring out the best in you as you work for a breakthrough in your performance ability. You’ll take workshops, masterclasses, and rehearse for an exclusive showcase on the Hurst Theatre stage in this one-week intensive from artists at the top of their game.
AUDITION SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
Come back here soon to learn more about the Broadway instructors.
Summer Conservatory: The Wizard Of Oz
Professional Training by Industry Pros | Rehearse and perform on the Theatre Aspen Main Stage
By audition only.
Dates: July 1 - August 4
Performances (11, plus an Invited Dress Rehearsal): From July 25 through August 4 (See TA calendar for dates/times)
Times: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
Participation is competitive and by audition only. Submit a video audition for acceptance to the program starting March 1. Casting auditions will take place Saturday, June 29.
The Miner Keys - Theatre Aspen’s Premiere Show Choir
Advanced Training and Public and Private Performances
By audition only.
June 24-29, 2019, plus performances throughout the summer
Come join Theatre Aspen’s premiere valley-wide show choir! The Miner Keys are 9th-12th graders who are committed to “Glee”-ful excellence and to learning the art of vocal and physical performance through cabaret and show choir. They can rock a mic solo, as well as hold tight harmonies and sing a capella. On top of that, they can MOVE!
Every member of The Miner Keys will receive instruction in choral technique, as well as solo singing and movement performance coaching. What’s more, you will rock out at numerous performances at civic events (4th of July, etc), Theatre Aspen functions (our annual Summer Splash event, Season Cabarets, and more), as well as private parties. It is a great way to gain self-confidence, self-discipline, aesthetic appreciation and even physical fitness, all while having a BLAST! See The Miner Keys page for audition info and performance dates and times.
Theatre Aspen offers Sibling and Multi-Class Discounts on many of our programs!
Cancellation Policy: Before May 1 - full refund less a 5% fee. More than two weeks prior to session start date - 50% refund. Less than two weeks prior to session start date - no refund.