NOTE: CCCT is committed to the health and safety of its campers and the camp staff. We are closely monitoring the recommendations and orders of the CDC and Contra Costa County Health Office in the operation of its 2021 Drama Camps. Masks are required for participation in all CCCT activities.
In our full-day, one-week, in-person sessions, CCCT’s Advanced Camp (“A Camp” for short) is geared for the young actor age 13-16 who wants to begin building skills for high school theatre and beyond. With an emphasis on play, both onstage and off, campers switch between workshopping scenes from published plays and learning the basic tenets of improvised theatre.
Session size is limited to 14 students.
2021 Session Dates:
Session 1: Jun 14-18, 9 am to 3:30 pm –
Session 2: Jun 21-25, 9 am to 3:30 pm –
Session 3: Jun 28-Jul 2, 9 am to 3:30 pm –
Session 4: Jul 5-9, 9 am to 3:30 pm – cancelled
Session 5: Jul 12-16, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Session 6: Jul 19-23, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Session 7: Jul 26-30, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Session 8: Aug 2-6, 9 am to 3:30 pm – cancelled
Session 9: Aug 9-13, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Every camper receives the following:
- A CCCT 2021 Drama Camp T-shirt
- Theatre training
- Individualized Attention
- A special award
Cost is $475 per session. Tuition is due at the time of enrollment to ensure your child’s spot in the program. We cannot hold slots without payment. Registrations are non-refundable.
Every camper must come prepared with a one–two minute monologue to be presented on the first day of camp. This can be a poem, standard monologue or a passage from a book; NO jokes, improvised or self-written materials, please. This audition will help us assess your comfort level on stage and your strengths as an actor. Everyone will have a scene to do for the final performance. The earlier we can get to know you, the sooner we can cast you in an appropriate scene.
We encourage you to look at this as it provides excellent information regarding auditioning and selecting materials, etc.
Every day of camp is important.
Much of the work we will be doing is dependent on having fellow actors present and ready to work. Every day is started with warm ups—physical, vocal, and mental. It is very important to be on time so that you can prepare for the rest of the day’s activities.
Any absences will not only limit your understanding of the next day’s activities, but also will be letting down other campers. Please try to not schedule any other appointments during your session of camp. If you are ill, please have your parents call in the morning before camp has started.
The first day of camp
Parents are welcome to stay for the first hour of camp, when we will be describing the activities of the two weeks and warming up. We request that parents leave before the audition process begins.
Lunch & Snack
Every Camper must bring a lunch daily. There will not be a refrigerator or microwave available.
Please wear clothes appropriate for movement every day. This means nothing too loose or too tight and that skirts may not always be appropriate for class. There will be times when we will work up a sweat, feel free to bring a change of clothes for after the movement section. Shoes should cover both toes and heels (i.e. no flip-flops). Campers with longer hair will need to wear their hair off the face, or bring hair bands, etc. to pull hair back. Please do not wear large or dangling jewelry.
Warm-ups will begin at 9:00 a.m. and they will last for 30 minutes. They will include a physical warm up, a vocal warm up that will teach you a series of articulation phrases, and focus games that will build on the previous days’ exercises.
We will be using a series of different types of movement exercises designed specifically for the actor. This is not a dance class. We will be using improvisation-based movement that will open up your range as an actor to create characters and express emotions.
Acting and character building
We will work on creating characters using exercises that rely on imagination and imitation of the world around you. We may also study some basic acting concepts. At-home preparation and class presentation will be a large part of this subject area.
Most afternoons will be dedicated to working on scenes. We will begin with text analysis and build toward blocking and character choices. All campers will work on a two or three person scene from a published play. Casting the scenes will be based on the most appropriate camper for the part.
We will learn about the basic rules of improvisation and use improvisation as a tool to learn more about acting. Also, we’ll try out some different improv game ‘formats’ and play them regularly.
The final performance will take place at 4:30 pm on CCCT’s stage on the last Friday of camp. The performance will include the prepared scenes as well as a sampling of exercises we have worked on throughout the week.