Summer Camp

Theatre Education Program (TEP)

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts’ Theatre Education program Summer Theatre Intensive is an immersive theatre program. It is designed to give all students, novices and seasoned performers alike, the opportunity to participate in the theatre experience. The mission of our program is to surround our students with a creative, collaborative atmosphere that fosters their self-esteem and communication skills.

Important Information

  • Summer Theatre Intensive 2020 is held daily Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm for 3 weeks.
  • Session 1 – July 13 – July 31, 2020 (Showcase, August 1, 2020, 10:00am)
  • Session 2 – August 3 – August 21, 2020 (Showcase, August 22, 2020, 10:00am)
  • All students will take part in a showcase at the end of each 3 week session
  • We accept youth ages 7 – 18
  • First time enrolles in our TEP Program must pay a $40.00 administration fee
  • All classes will meet at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
  • Enrollment is limited to 50 youth per session
  • No transportation or food is provided by the TEP Program. Youth must be transported to and from the theatre by either a parent or guardian, or an authorized individual of the enrollee. All students should bring their own bag lunch and snacks. No youth will be permitted to leave the facility at any time. (i.e. they can not go around the corner for pizza or ice cream)

Running our program this summer will be MARIE DANVERS. Marie is best known for her starring turn as Christine in the Broadway and National Touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, having worked with the late producer/director Hal Price. She has sung all over the world as Maria in West Side Story, and Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom at Paper Mill Playhouse. She acted in House and Garden at the Manhattan Theatre Club and as a guest star on As The World Turns. Regional starring credits include: Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, Company, The Mikado, Brigadoon, Lend Me a Tenor, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Nunsense. In concert, she has been a soloist with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She holds an Associates Degree in Acting, a B.F.A. in Dance, and an M.F.A in Dramaturgy. For over ten years Marie has taught at several Long Island Colleges and Universities, and has spent many years working with children and young adults in a variety of summer programs.

Session 1: July 13 – July 31, 2020
3 week program Monday – Friday
9am – 3pm (Age 7 – 18)

“Everything Old Is New Again”

This session will be divided into two time periods – the old and the new. The first half will explore the musicals from the 1930’s through the Golden Age of Musicals. Some of the shows we will feature will be Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story and Music Man. The second half will focus on the 1970’s to the present: Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, Mean Girls and Hamilton to name a few. The class curriculum will directly connect these time periods from Cold Porter to Andrew Lloyd Weber, from Leonard Bernstein to Lin-Manuel Miranda, so that the students can get a better understanding of how musical theatre has grown through the years through song and dance.

Showcase: Saturday, August 1, 2020 – 10:00am

Cost per youth:
$1,050 ($950 Members)
Due to cost restrictions, there will be no trip to NYC to see a Broadway show.

*Reduced Rates are available on a sliding-scale. Application and proof of income via your Federal Tax Return must be submitted at time of enrollment with full payment of amount due.

Session 2: August 3 – August 21, 2020
3 week program Monday – Friday
9am – 3pm (Age 7 – 18)

“Musicals of the 21st Century”

In this session of the summer 2020, we will explore the last 20 years of the Great American Musical as we get ready to launch into the new decade. The students will focus on shows like Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, In the Heights, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown to name a few. We will explore the vocal and dance stylings of the 21st Century, from pop singing to hip hop dancing (plus a little tap thrown in for good measure). From ensemble pieces like “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (Hairspray), “You Will Be Found” (Dear Evan Hansen) and “Wait For Me” (Hadestown), we will concentrate on the importance of working as an ensemble, while providing moments for each camper to shine.

Showcase: Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 – 10:00 am

Cost per youth:
$1,050 ($950 Members)
Due to cost restrictions, there will be no trip to NYC to see a Broadway show.

*Reduced Rates are available on a sliding-scale. Application and proof of income via your Federal Tax Return must be submitted at time of enrollment with full payment of amount due.

Program Details

This is an intensive theatre program. The bulk of the camp session will be spent rehearsing the showcase or on topics related to the showcase. (No sports or recreation breaks.)

Students will spend part of some days in classes including dance, voice for musical theatre, and acting technique/improvisation. These classes will focus on general technique for musical theatre, with an emphasis on audition preparation and technique. It is our goal for every student to become a successful auditioner and to have the correct materials and knowledge to be able to do so. Topics relating to the showcase will also be discussed and presented on most days in a full group setting. Students will be grouped into technique classes by school grade level.

The showcase will include full group numbers, small group numbers, and possibly a limited number of solos and/or duets. After students are comfortable
and prepared there will be a very low-stress audition process to both evaluate the level at which the students are for class work and to place them into group numbers for the showcase. Any solos and/or duets will be decided on the basis of classwork.

TEP Registration Rules

  • All classes must be paid in full at time of registration
  • NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON ** (see below)
  • Missed classes cannot be made up
  • Discount for Members as noted
  • 5% Discount for siblings registered in the same session
  • $40 One-Time Administration Fee for new students

**Enrollment in our Summer Theatre Intensive Program is limited. When a child is enrolled and payment is made in full-their space in the program is guaranteed. If for any reason a child must withdraw – NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED. If a child must withdraw, CREDIT ONLY toward future purchases at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is available.**

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