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Take your kids to summer camp at Michigan Actors Studio

Kids' camp opens at MAS next week!
Kids' camp opens at MAS next week!Courtesy of Michigan Actors Studio

This summer, why not give your kids an experience that will help them build confidence, learn presentations skills, and develop some of the basic habits leadership habits that come from better socialization. No, this isn’t a business camp – it’s much more fun. And creative. It’s theater camp, and Michigan Actors Studio (MAS) offers a variety of classes to meet the needs of most youths.

MAS is well known to area professionals who appreciate that it is a State of Michigan Registered Trade School. MAS is also home to Detroit’s professional ComedySportz improv troupe. But don’t be intimidated. For the bootcamp classes, kids are not required to have any previous acting experience. And they’ll leave with a solid grounding in the basics. Of course, the cool thing about MAS is that instruction is always conducted by working professionals – people who know from experience what works and what doesn’t, and who can relate to the jitters, joys and general exuberance that goes with the theater/film experience.

Here are some options for programs that begin next week – the headers are links that will let you register online.

ACTORS BOOTCAMP FOR KIDS

Ages 8 – 12

Help your child develop confidence and social skills while having fun in this bootcamp-style week of training. Kids of all experience levels are welcome for a week of immersion in acting, culminating in a final workshop performance for family and friends.

WHEN: Monday July 14, 2014 - Friday July 18, 2014. 10:30am - 2:00pm

COST: $250

INSTRUCTOR: Jules De Ward – Ms. De Ward has an MA from the University of Michigan in Theatre. She has worked with kids of all ages for 20 years. She has started programs (KidsShakespeare! in the Park in Royal Oak), run programs (Head of the Junior Division of Cranbrook Theatre School), and choreographed and directed over 30 children’s plays and musicals. She enjoys the challenge of self-improvement for each and every child. She likes working with children at all levels from beginner to professional. She provides a safe and fun working environment for her classes and the child learns to work both as an individual performer and as an ensemble. Jules has a passion for working with younger students; her patience and praise are a testament to her success.

ACTORS BOOTCAMP FOR TEENS

Ages 13 – 17

It’s a fun but intense acting bootcamp-style week of training and rehearsing. Teens of all experience levels are welcome for a week of immersion in acting, culminating in a final workshop performance.

WHEN: Monday July 21, 2014 - Friday July 25, 2014. 10:30am - 2:00pm

COST: $250

INSTRUCTOR: Jules DeWard (see above)

AUDITIONING FOR STAGE AND FILM—YOUTH

Ages 10 – 16

Actors audition. That's their job. And luck has nothing to do with it. This specialized program gives young actors the tools they need to succeed in auditions. Actor/director Barton Bund takes students inside the casting process. Learn preparation techniques that work, and gain the confidence and poise you need to jump start your career. Get in front of the camera. And nail it.

During this week-long session, students will learn:

  • How to prepare monologues
  • How to cold-read challenging film scripts
  • Auditioning for both stage and screen
  • The practical realities of working in the industry

WHEN: Monday July 28, 2014--Friday August 1, 2014 10:30am - 2:00pm

COST: $250

INSTRUCTOR: Barton Bund – Mr. Bund is the Founding Artistic Director of the Blackbird Theatre. Directing credits include the Blackbird's "Women in Love," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Tempest," "Twelfth Night," "Patty Hearst," "Hamlet," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "How the Other Half Loves." Barton has been a director and instructor for the Ann Arbor public schools for over ten years, as well as resident playwright at Mosaic Youth Theatre. Recently, Bart directed Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus in "The Maker of Illusions." He lives in Ann Arbor with his family and menagerie.