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One Acts AM 2017 Grades 5-8

July 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Meets daily July 24-28  This camp is for kids entering 5th-8th grades. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 9am- 12pm each day. In collaboration with a local professional playwright, you’ll use the essential tools of playwriting (like plot, action, character and dialogue) to build a one act play from the ground up. Visit a local theater and participate in actor’s exercises to experience the collaborative alchemy that can make writing for theater feel like magic.

Build a play you can take from the page to the stage.

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During the last half-hour of camp on Friday, family and friends are invited to The Cabin for lemonade and a public reading of student writing.

Foci for Student Learning:

  • Critical reading of plays to learn about craft
  • Investigation of storytelling
  • Investigation of theater craft
  • Taking risks, working with the body and presence
  • Sensory detail and specificity
  • Character and dialogue
  • Setting and scene
  • Stakes/pressure/conflict
  • Writing a one-act play
  • Revising like playwrights

Essential Questions Students Will Investigate:

  • How is a play different than other kinds of writing? Poetry, fiction, movies, etc
  • What does a play do?
  • What does a play contain?
  • How can our life experiences influence the plays we make and vice-versa?
  • Why is “playwright” spelled this way? How does this inform the way we think about play-making?
  • What is the fundamental awareness a playwright needs to have?
  • What tools do we need to make the plays we want to see?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How do we attend to our responsibility to make stories that will be alive, played with bodies on the stage?

Our ticketing system charges a $4.50 convenience fee for each camp purchased online. To avoid this fee, register by phone: 208-331-8000.


July 24, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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