Welcome to summer camp 2024

BIG NEWS! OUR NEW REgistration system is active! Get to know how it works here and learn how to create an account.

We are excited to welcome you to the historic Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for this year’s summer camps!

  • Students will perform on the main stage on their final day of camp!
  • Students are placed into small groups according to their age when they arrive for camp.
  • FRIEND REQUESTS ARE LIMITED TO ONE FRIEND ONLY AND MUST BE MUTUAL!

Please watch our Summer Camp Orientation Video:

Camp sizes are very limited!

Limited scholarships are available.

Please click below to be directed to our scholarship page.

“Thank you to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, the School of GRCT, and especially the phenomenal and hilarious Eirann Betka-Pope, for the Saturday Sketch Comedy classes! Max had the best time, and we are so ready to sign up for more classes this summer!!”

DYAN YODER

“…she now realizes that she can advocate for herself. Life lessons also happen at Civic Theatre! Thanks so much!”

MARCIA BOYCE

I truly feel like you all have done a wonderful job of balancing safety with the very human drive toward creativity and expression.

MILIANA JOHNSON

Early-Explorer

Early Explorers

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 30

For students age 4 through students who have COMPLETED Kindergarten by June 2024.  Students must be age 4 before the first day of camp.

Join us for a week of summer fun!  Our youngest campers are divided into groups by age where they learn a script written JUST for them!  Our summer faculty and fantastic teacher assistants guide students as they explore acting, singing, dancing, costumes & props, and prepare for a performance on the Meijer Majestic Stage on their final day of camp!

Friend requests for Early Explorers are limited to ONE FRIEND ONLY and must be mutual

Session A: August 12 – August 16 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Onstage Performance: Friday, 10:30am

Session B: August 12 – August 16 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 2:30pm

Tuition:  $115

  • Please bring a snack and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
Creative-Quest

Creative quest

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 30

For students who have completed grades 1 or 2 by June 2024.

Summer days are action-packed as our Creative Quest Campers seek out adventures in the arts!  Students are divided into groups by age, and rotate through daily workshops in acting, singing, dancing, props & costumes – all guided by our experienced theatre faculty and fantastic teacher assistants.  After a fun audition on the first day, every camper gets a part to play in a script written specifically for their age group, and performed on the Meijer Majestic stage on the last day of camp!

Friend requests for Creative Quest are limited to ONE FRIEND ONLY and must be mutual

Session A: June 10 – June 14 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 12:00pm

Session B: July 15 – July 19 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 12:00pm

Tuition:  $200

  • Please bring a snack and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.

Creative Quest – Session A – Camp is Full. Please call to be put on wait list.

Creative Quest – Session B – Camp is Full. Please call to be put on wait list.

Dramatic-Discovery

Dramatic Discovery

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 30

For students who have completed grades 3 through 6 by June 2024.

Campers will love making discoveries in every aspect of theatre from acting, singing & dancing, to props, costumes, and scenery! Students are divided into groups by age, and audition for a part in a script written just for them – everyone is cast, and everyone gets their own lines although the roles vary in size just like in a real theatre production. Experienced theatre faculty nurture and guide students as they reach dramatic new heights and prepare for a performance on the Meijer Majestic stage on the final day of camp!

Friend requests for Dramatic Discovery are limited to ONE FRIEND ONLY and must be mutual

Session A: June 17 – June 21 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Onstage performance is Friday, 2:00pm

Session B: June 24 – June 28 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Onstage performance is Friday, 2:00pm

Session C: July 29 – Aug 2 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Onstage performance is Friday, 2:00pm

Session D: August 5 – August 9 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Onstage performance is Friday, 2:00pm

Tuition:  $250

  • Please bring a snack, lunch and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.

Dramatic Discovery – Session A – Camp is Full.  Please call to be put on wait list.

Dramatic Discovery – Session B – Camp is Full.  Please call to be put on wait list.

Dramatic Discovery – Session C – Camp is Full.  Please call to be put on wait list.

Dramatic Discovery – Session D – Camp is Full.  Please call to be put on wait list.

One-Act-Musical

ONE ACT MUSICAL – Mean Girls, Jr

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 23

For students who have completed grades 7 through 12 by June 2024

In one action-packed week, students will audition, rehearse, and perform this 60-minute version of the award-winning Broadway musical Mean Girls, Jr. on the Meijer Majestic Stage! Guided by theatre professionals, all students who register are cast and gain experience both onstage and off.  This camp is an excellent opportunity for both beginners and veteran performers to experience what it’s like to be part of a fully produced musical at Civic!

This show is rated PG for content.

MANDATORY PARENT AND STUDENT ORIENTATION SATURDAY, JULY 6 – 10:00AM to 1:00PM

One Session: Saturday – Saturday,  July 6 – July 13
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
(Includes mandatory parent/student orientation)
Sunday: OFF
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Onstage Performance: Saturday, July 13 – 6:00pm

Tuition:  $275

  • Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
  • Onstage performance is Saturday at 6:00pm
  • Limited to 30 students

CAMP IS FULL. PLEASE CALL TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST.

One-Act-Play

ONE ACT PLAY – Afternoon at the Seaside

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 23

For students who have completed grades 7-12 by June 2024.

In one exciting, fast-paced week, students will audition, rehearse, and perform Afternoon at the Seaside on the Meijer Majestic Stage!  During a whimsical day by the sea in a British resort, an emerald necklace has been stolen and the Inspector has to investigate an extraordinary mix of characters.  Like all Agatha Christie works, she will keep you guessing until the last minute and no character is ever only what they appear. Guided by theatre professionals, all students who register are cast and gain experience both onstage and off.  This camp is an excellent opportunity for both beginners and veteran performers to experience what it’s like to be part of a fully produced musical at Civic!

MANDATORY PARENT AND STUDENT ORIENTATION SATURDAY, JULY 6 – 10:00AM to 12:00PM

One Session: Saturday – Friday,  July 6 – July 12
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
(Included mandatory parent/student orientation)
Sunday: OFF
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 6:00pm

Tuition:  $275

  • Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
  • Onstage performance is Friday at 6:00pm
  • Limited to 12 students

CAMP IS FULL. PLEASE CALL TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST.

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Production Track for Summer One Acts
NEW – 2 Week Camp

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 23

For students who have completed grades 7 through 12 by June 2024.

Over the course of two weeks, students interested in the production side of performance will participate in crew training with the Volunteer Coordinator of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, study and collaborate with professional designers in sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound, and work on one or both of the One Acts being performed by their peers at the end of week 2! This camp is a fantastic opportunity for those who have never been behind the scenes and for those who are veteran volunteers in the production world!

MANDATORY PARENT AND STUDENT ORIENTATION SATURDAY, JULY 6 – 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Week 1 – Classes: Monday – Friday,  June 24 – June 28, 10am – 3:30pm
Week 2 – Production: Saturday – Saturday,  July 6 – July 13, 10am
Saturday, July 6: 10:00am – 1:00pm Crew Training(Includes mandatory parent/student orientation)
Sunday: OFF
Monday – Thursday: 10:00am -4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 6:00pm and Saturday, 6:00pm

Tuition:  $350

  • Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
  • Onstage performances are Friday and Saturday at 6:00pm
  • Limited to 12 students
CAMP IS FULL. PLEASE CALL TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST.
Camp-in-Concert

CAMP IN CONCERT: Broadway, JR Review: Raise Your VOice

Registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 23

For students who have completed grades 7-12 by June 2024.

Join us for our Camp In Concert, a musical revue featuring songs from across MTI’s Broadway Junior collection! This camp is a perfect fit for students who love to sing and perform and will focus on healthy vocal technique, using the voice and body to create a character, basic movement and musical theatre dance techniques, and much more! Camp in Concert will culminate in a revue of some of your favorite musical theatre songs, including, but not limited to Agony, Step in Time, Right Before Your Eyes, Part of Your World, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat, Good Morning and so many more on the Meijer Majestic stage at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre!

MANDATORY PARENT AND STUDENT ORIENTATION SATURDAY, JULY 13 – 11:00AM to 1:00PM

One Session: Saturday – Friday,  July 13 – July 19
Saturday: 11:00am – 1:00pm
(Included mandatory parent/student orientation)
Sunday: OFF
Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Onstage Performance: Friday, 6:00pm

Tuition:  $225

  • Please bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot are required. No sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
  • Onstage performance is Friday at 6:00pm
  • Limited to 30 students
CAMP IS FULL. PLEASE CALL TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST.

TUITION FOR ALL CAMPERS INCLUDES:

  • A Summer Stars T-shirt!
  • The opportunity to perform on a professional stage!
  • A comprehensive theatre arts curriculum taught in a fun, nurturing environment!
  • A highly experienced faculty of theatre professionals!
  • Access to the resources of one of the top Community Theatres in the country!
  • Lifelong memories and new friends!

HOW TO REGISTER:

One Act Camps, Production Track and Camp in Concert
Online registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 23rd at www.grct.org/summer-programs.

Early Explorers, Creative Quest and Dramatic Discovery
Online registration begins at 7:00am on Tuesday, January 30th at www.grct.org/summer-programs.

Mail in registration forms can be found here or you can contact our offices directly at 616-222-6653 beginning January 30.  Payment is due at time of registration.

Friend requests for Early Explorers, Creative Quest and Dramatic Discovery are limited to ONE FRIEND ONLY.

Registration for each camp closes one week before the camp begins.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Applications are online here. Scholarship applications can be submitted any time and are subject to available camp spots.

SUMMER CAMP REFUND POLICY:

In the event that the Theatre must cancel a camp due to low enrollment, a full refund is issued.

If a student requests a withdrawal, on or before each individual camp registration deadline, a full refund less a $10 drop fee is issued.  Withdrawals between each individual camp registration deadline and the first day of camp are refunded at %75 less a $10 drop fee.  No refund the day camp starts.

VISION STATEMENT:

We are committed to excellence through a comprehensive arts education program which builds confidence, fosters collaboration and inspires creativity.