DreamWrights is in a period of transition and its lineup of summer camps reflects the innovation and change as well. New classes have been added to the mix to include hip hop, digital photography and movie making, wacky summer Olympics, and poetry reading, writing, and reciting with York’s very own Poet Laureate! DreamWrights will continue to offer its most popular camps which include Broadway Week, ballroom dancing, and three Disney musical productions.
“This year we’re excited to offer Aladdin, Cinderella, and 101 Dalmatians Disney Kids Camps,” says Ann Davis, Executive Director of DreamWrights. “This will be our first year offering three of these camps.” Since the Disney licensed camps have been very popular and successful, DreamWrights has expanded to offering more this year than in the past.
Even though there is a significant cost to license the Disney camps, DreamWrights does not pass this additional cost on to the campers. DreamWrights does, however, honor the high quality of the Disney brand by keeping the student to teacher ratio low, allowing every camper the opportunity to be highly engaged throughout the week. Davis points out, “DreamWrights limits its enrollment for the Disney camps and for all of our camps to ensure lots of hands-on participation and exploration for all participants. This is what keeps many of our campers coming back.” These three Disney camps culminate with a final production that is open to the public. DreamWrights hopes to recoup some of the cost of the licensing through ticket sales of these shows.
In addition to the beloved Disney musical camps, DreamWrights is offering several other mini musicals for the 3-5 and the 5 – 8 age groups. “Since we limit the minimum age for auditions to 7, we find that many kids who want to get started in theatre earlier really enjoy and thrive at our summer camps,” says Davis. “Many look forward to the first show for which they can audition after turning 7 and they attribute their success to the experiences they had at summer camp.” Not only that but they also learn the ropes at DreamWrights, becoming part of the family and putting them at ease when audition time rolls around.
Another summer favorite is the Create a Play camp. Led by DreamWrights’ Playwright-in-Residence, Diane Crews, during this week long camp, an original script will be inspired and created by the campers. From auditions to rehearsals to the final production of the original play, campers will learn blocking, lines, as well as create characters, set, and costumes. “No two Create a Play camps are ever the same and the creativity that comes out of the campers is always delightful!” exclaims Crews. “I look forward to what they’ll come up with every year!”
DreamWrights’ summer camps are offered in full and half day options. They kick off the week of June 20 and run for eight weeks. For a full summer camp schedule or to register, please contact DreamWrights Center for Community Arts at 717-848-8623 or online at www.dreamwrights.org.