Summer Theatre Camp, July and August 2016

Wakefield Summer Theatre Camp

“I like the ephemeral thing about theatre, every performance is like a ghost– it’s there and then it’s gone.” –Maggie Smith

Wakefield Summer Theatre Camp is an exciting two-week program that will give students an opportunity to ignite their imaginations, challenge their intellects and build confidence. Theatre requires collaboration between a group of people who all bring a unique point of view and a variety of skills to the collective table. Participants of the Theatre Camp will work with celebrated professional theatre artist Sarah McVie in a supportive, focused and fun atmosphere.

Following on the heels of seven successful years of the Summer Film Camp, the Summer Theatre Camp offers participants experience in an artistic medium that capitalizes on a Aliveness! Sarah will teach participants how to mine their rich imagination, unique intellect and the world around them to craft compelling theatrical moments.

Students will create characters, improvise scenes, perform dialogue, dance, move, sing, chant, speak poetry and learn skills in clowning, mask making, voice, movement, speech, stage combat and acting. The camps will culminate in a live performance for an audience!

Summer Theatre Camp runs twice during the summer over two sessions, as follows:

Session One: July 18-22 and July 25-29 (ages 11 to 13)

Session Two: August 8-12 and August 15-19 (ages 12 to 15+)

It takes place Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a one-hour lunch break, at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche in Wakefield, Quebec.

What Happens at Summer Theatre Camp?

Summer Theatre Camp participants will be encouraged to find their own niche, to take on aspects of theatre that they enjoy and are challenged by. Participants will discover where their particular interests in theatre and drama lie. They will write scripts, act, and learn the basics of set design, sound, lights, costumes and makeup. They will direct and perform. They will be taken through the entire process of mounting a production.

Not everyone wants to be on stage, but everyone has creative ideas. Participants’ individual talents, along with teamwork, will contribute to fun and productive days at camp, resulting in thoughtful artistic stage productions at the end-of-camp performance.

Who Are the Staff?

Sarah McVieWe have just hired a fantastic camp director – Sarah McVie – a seasoned theatre professional with lots of camp experience. Sarah will lead activities and guide campers in their learning and engagement in the art. See detailed profile here.

There will be 2 assistant counsellors/stage managers, also with a theatrical training background.

Karuna Vellino – Camp Counsellor

Karuna is an actor/ creator/ artist from Ottawa Ontario. She is a recent graduate of Canterbury High Schools drama program and is so exited to be working at the Wakefeild Theatre Camp this summer. Karunas passion for theatre began when she was 9 years old and she attended her first summer drama camp with Salamander Theatre. Since the moment 9 year old Karuna walked onto the grounds of the Billings Estate and started her first day at Shakespeare Camp she has been in love with theatre. She has continued to attend summer theatre camps, has studied drama at her local performing arts high school and was able to create shows for the Ottawa Fringe Festival and The Sears Ontario Drama Festival. Next year Karuna will be continuing to pursue her passion for theatre, studying acting at Studio 58’s professional theatre training program in Vancouver.


Abby Skene – Camp Counsellor

Abby is an actor/dancer/creator from Ottawa and is very excited to be working at Wakefield Summer Theatre Camps this summer. Abby is a recent graduate of the Dramatic Arts program at Canterbury High School where she was a part of many productions including assistant directing the school musical “Shrek”. She loves clown, mask, improv, and working with kids. Abby has taught dance and acting for three years at The Loft School of Art and Dance and has been passionate about theatre since her parents put her in her first musical theatre class when she was four years old. Next year Abby is attending Queen’s University for Concurrent Education with a BA in Drama in the hopes of becoming a drama teacher. She is looking forward to meeting all the students this summer and helping them explore the exciting world of theatre


Theatre professionals will be brought in to hold special workshops in such areas as clowning, set design and construction, sound, lights, mask making, music composition for theatre, makeup or … or … or ….

Sarah will wait to see what the participants are interested in learning or have a special talent for, before she decides which experts she is bringing in.

Session Outline:

Week One – Theatre Skills

Participants will explore drama with fun and challenging exercises that build skills in communication, observation, improvisation, movement and voice. Story telling, public speaking, character acting, scene analysis, mask making, theatre design and script writing will all be introduced and pursued depending on the interests of each participant.

Week Two – Putting on a show

This week we will bring together all elements of production (costumes, props, sets, sound, lighting, projections etc.) and continue shaping the show we will present for our family and friends at the end of camp!

How to Register for Summer Theatre Camp

Registration is through the Centre Wakefield La Pêche. You can pay in person at the Centre

Camp 1 – July 18 to 29: Register Camp 2 – August 8 to 19 Register

Camp Fee: $475 for 2 weeks

Minimum # of participants : 18 Maximum # of participants : 24

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