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4-Week Camps (ages 6-9)

HALF-DAY Mudlarkians (Ages 8-9)

Explore the world of theater with four (or eight) weeks of fun, games, and imagination. Campers will learn the basics of character, movement, and improvisation. Each four-week session concludes with a 20-minute showcase devised by the campers. 

Time: 9am-12pm
Participation Fee: $475

Session 1: June 5-29             (showcase Thursday, June 28th)
Session 2: June 11-July 6      (showcase Friday, July 6th)
Session 3: July 2-27             (showcase Thursday, July 26th)
Session 4: July 9-August 3   (showcase Thursday, August 2nd)

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JUNIOR MUDLARKIANS (Ages 6-7)

Activities strike the perfect balance between arts enrichment and silly summer fun. Each session concludes with a ten-minute performance showcasing the voice and movement skills we’ve been learning.

Time: 9am-12pm
Participation Fee: $475

Session 1: June 5-29 (showcase Friday, June 29)
Session 2: July 9 – August 3 (showcase Friday, August 3)

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FULL-DAY Mudlarkians (Ages 8-9)

Explore the world of theater with four (or eight) weeks of fun, games, and imagination. Campers will learn the basics of character, movement, and improvisation. Each four-week session concludes with a 20-minute showcase devised by the campers. In the afternoon, we play with the behind-the-scenes aspects of theater, including costumes, props, and set creation, in addition to your favorite theater games.


Time: 9am-4pm
Participation Fee: $865


Session 1: June 5-29             (showcase Thursday, June 28th)
Session 2: June 11-July 6      (showcase Friday, July 6th)
Session 3: July 2-27             (showcase Thursday, July 26th)
Session 4: July 9-August 3   (showcase Thursday, August 2nd)

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Characters & Costumes (Ages 8-9)

Spend two weeks creating the wackiest, zaniest, and WILDEST characters you can dream up with your fellow campers. Every character gets a costume, and every costume gets a character! Join us for this new camp experience unlike any other!


Time: 9am-12pm
Date: June 11-22
Participation Fee: $260


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3 Week Camps (AGES 10-14)

Three-Week Production: Devised
Experience the drama, thrill and challenge of creating a full-length production in only fifteen rehearsals! The first week will be spent creating the script as an ensemble; the next two weeks are spent rehearsing the show. Everyone gets cast who signs up, but enrollment is capped at 16.
Dates: July 16 - August 3
(performances Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4; 6pm)
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $375

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Costume Design
An exciting introduction to the costume design process. Campers
learn sewing, sketching, and rendering as they work with staff to
imagine, design, and execute the costumes for Three-Week
Production: Shakespeare. 

Dates: June 11-29
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $395

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Three-Week Production: Shakespeare
Experience the drama, thrill, and challenge of getting a full-length play on its feet in a mere fifteen rehearsals—and a Shakespeare play at that! Anyone who signs up gets a part, but enrollment is capped at 16.
Dates: June 11-29
(performances Friday, June 29 & Saturday, June 30; 6pm)
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $375

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Sketch Comedy
Campers get one week to devise material for a one-hour sketch show, counselors get a weekend to write it, and we all get two weeks to rehearse it. The result is Evanston’s funniest sketch show, five years running.
Dates: July 2-20
(performances July 20, 21 & 22)
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $375

Enrollment in this camp is by permission only.  Email michael@mudlarktheater.org to inquire.  

2 WEEK CAMPS (AGES 10-14)

Playwriting: Original
Write your own original short play, then cast it, direct it (as a staged reading), and perform it with your fellow writers. First-time playwrights need not fear; we’ll use an array of games and exercises to get your creative juices flowing! 
One Session:
July 23 – August 3 PM (showcase Friday, August 3rd)
Fee: $260

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Mudlark's News Network
News flash! In this camp, you’ll have two weeks to conceive, practice and perform a fake news show, in the style of Weekend Update, Onion News, and The Daily Show.
One Session:
June 11-22; 1-4pm
(showcase Friday, June 22; 6pm)

Fee: $260

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Musical Theater
Get your Broadway fix by rehearsing and performing numbers from classic musicals! Camp will culminate with a fully choreographed show where each camper gets a moment to shine.
Two Sessions:

1) June 11-22; 9am-12pm (showcase Friday, June 22; 6pm)
2) July 16-27; 1-4pm (showcase Friday, July 27; 6pm)

Fee: $260

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1 Week Camps (AGES 10-14)

Acting Studio 2
Take the next step in your acting training! In this camp, we tackle monologues. Experience the thrill of engaging with great speeches from plays both comedic and tragic—and captivating an audience with nothing except your voice and body.
Two sessions:
1)  June 11-15; 9am-12pm
2) July 23-27; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Accents & Dialects
Try on your favorite accents and dialects from around the world, including British, Italian and New York! Trust us, this one is going to get silly. 
Two sessions:
1) June 5-8; 9am-12pm
2) July 30 – August 3; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Fantasy Makeup
Ever wonder how actors turn into hobbits, aliens and monsters in film and on stage? In this camp you will learn exciting makeup techniques, which you'll use to transform each other into fantastic creatures...and even become one yourself!
Two sessions:
1)  June 11-15; 1-4pm
2) July 9-13; 9am-12pm
3) July 23-27; 9am-12pm

Fee: $165

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Improv!
Create surprising and hilarious scenes with your fellow campers as you learn the basics of improvisation, including listening, giving gifts, accepting and building, and trusting your own brilliant, spontaneous imagination!
Five sessions:
1) June 5-8; 1-4pm
2) June 18-22; 9am-12pm
3) June 25-29; 1-4pm
4) July 23-27; 1-4pm
5) July 30 – August 3; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Make a Giant Puppet
Go big or go bigger! Participants in this camp will work together to design and build one or more gigantic, fantastical puppets using a mix of recycled materials, found objects, and crafting supplies. The class culminates in a brief, festival-style performance that brings the enormous creations to life using movement, music, and more!
One Session:
June 18-22; 1-4pm
Fee: $165

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Mock Audition
Auditioning is an art. Here at Mudlark we want to help you become the very best at it that you can be. Learn from two experts what it takes to have a good audition and wow the people in the room.
One Session
August 6-10; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Physical Comedy
Clowning is serious business in this camp, where you will learn how to improvise as larger-than-life characters, perform partner acrobatics, and execute slapstick with perfect timing.
Three sections:
1) June 5-8; 9am-12pm
2) June 25-29; 9am-12pm
3) July 30 – August 3; 1-4pm

Fee: $130

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Playwriting: Adaptation
Adapt anything. Seriously! Books, board games, favorite song lyrics, poems, the back of a cereal box. If you can imagine it, we’ll help you turn it into theater in this one-of-a-kind camp experience.
One Session:
July 9-13; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Puppet Workshop
Explore the 3,000 year-old art form of puppetry! Learn how to craft and create original puppets, bringing the most everyday objects to life. 
One Session:
June 11-15; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Shadow Theater
Join us for a week of fun with shadows! Through the magic of projection, we’ll transform paper cutouts, everyday objects, and our bodies into a 2-D world of fantasy and adventure.
One Session:
July 16-20; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Sound Design
Turn up the volume on your theater experience!. Learn the basics of composing, match music with mood and text, and use sound effects to bring MYTHICAL BEASTS ALIVE ON STAGE. For music lovers and sonic novices alike! 
One Session:
July 30 - August 3; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Stage Combat 1
A (safe) crash course in the basics of hand-to-hand stage combat, culminating in a presentation of staged battles. 
Three sessions:
Session 1: June 5-8; 9am-12pm
Session 2: June 18-22; 1-4pm
Session 3: July 16-20; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Stage Combat 3
What happens when you put three feet of steel into an actor’s hand?  Come find out!  This camp is physically challenging.  Stage Combat 2 or special permission required. For ages 12+ or by permission.
One Session: 
Session 1: July 9-13; 9am-12pm
Fee: $165

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Web Shorts
If you enjoy improv, sketch comedy and writing your own jokes then this camp is for you!  Write, rehearse and film short comedy sketches for the web. 
Two Sessions:
1) July 9-13; 9am-12pm
2) July 30 – August 3; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Acting Studio 1
Sharpen your acting skills with games and techniques that help you use your voice, mind, and body to express yourself onstage. Great training for the hungry actor!
Four sessions:
1) June 5-8; 1-4pm
2) June 25-29; 9am-12pm
3) July 9-13; 9am-12pm
4) July 16-20; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Acting Studio 3
If you want a challenging, rigorous and rewarding acting experience, this camp is for you! Learn advanced techniques that the pros use as you inhabit complex characters from great plays.
*For ages 12+ or by permission
One Session:
July 16-20; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Director's Lab
Ever wanted to direct? Well, this camp will teach you the basics of staging plays and working with actors. Every camper will direct a scene and get the chance to sculpt what the audience sees! Due to the level of involvement this camp requires, it is only open to ages 13 and up, or by permission.
One Session:
July 23-27; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Guerrilla Theater
Hey, get off the stage! In this camp, we go beyond traditional performance and take theater out into the world. Surprise and entertain strangers with public spectacle, interactive performance, and flash-mobs (in the form of song, dance, or timed events), all in the context of safe, supervised public spaces.
One Session:
July 16-20; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Beginner Longform Improv
Longform is the art of making up whole plays as you go along. Learn the techniques used by professional improvisers as you and your fellow campers form a strong, supportive team. 
Two sessions:
1) July 9-13; 1-4pm
2) August 6-10; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Advanced Longform Improv
Longform is the art of making up whole plays as you go along. Learn the techniques used by professional improvisers as you and your fellow campers form a strong, supportive team.
This camp is by permission only.
Email education@mudlarktheater if you're interested.
One session:
June 5-8; 9am-12pm
Fee: $130

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Musical Improv
Not only is the improvised musical a real thing, it’s one of the funniest forms of improvisation there is! You don’t have to be a great singer to have a great time in this camp, where improvised scenes suddenly burst into improvised songs. By the end of the week, we’ll be making up entire short musicals on the spot!
Two Sessions:
1)  June 18-22; 1-4pm
2) July 23-27; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Movement for the Actor
Have you watched the way actors move onstage and been fascinated? Ever seen an ensemble of performers transform and do something amazing? This camp will teach you to go beyond what you thought you were capable of with explorations into human juggling, sharing weight and flocking!
Two Sessions:
1) June 18-22; 9am-12pm
2) August 6-10; 1-4pm

Fee: $130

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Production Lab
Ever wonder how the technical aspects of theater happen? In this camp, you’ll go behind the scenes to design elements of Mudlark’s Three-Week Production: Shakespeare. You’ll craft props, create sound FX and more!  
One Session:
June 18-22; 9am-12pm
Fee: $165

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Shakespeare Alive!
Using engaging theater games and physical exploration of Shakespeare’s rich poetry, you’ll see even though he’s dead, his work is very much alive!
One Session:
June 25-29; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Slam Theater
Want to learn to do what the cast of "I.D." did last season? Using hip hop, historical figures, current events, or just your own feelings as source material, you will create and rehearse performance poetry. This camp culminates in a showcase where slam poetry theater will rock the house!
FAIR WARNING: This camp involves creative writing.
One Session:
June 11-15; 1-4pm
Fee: $130

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Song Parody
Do you enjoy changing the lyrics to well-known pop songs to make them funnier? Well, now there’s a camp for that!  Join the chorus and create side-grabbingly hysterical versions of your favorite songs!  
Two sections:
1) June 25-29: 9am-12pm
2) July 16-20; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Stage Combat 2
Take your theatrical combat skills further as stage knives and found weapons are incorporated. Stage Combat 1 or other prior stage combat experience required. 
Two sections:
Session 1: June 25-29; 1-4pm
Session 2: July 23-27; 9am-12pm

Fee: $130

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Stand Up
Create your own one-of-a-kind stand up routine in this camp,
where we’ll help you turn your thoughts, gripes, and real-life stories
into a funny five-minute set. 
Two Sections:

1) June 11-15; 9am-12pm
2) July 9-13; 1-4pm

Fee: $130

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