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Camp Brochure

Summer 2019

SUMMER CAMPS REGISTRATION is live!

With over 60 different camp options, there is literally something for everyone at Mudlark this summer!
Scholarships are available.

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BEFORE-CARE

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ATTENTION:

First week of camp schedule has been changed due to the two snow days we experienced in District 65.
See details below for the change of schedule.

ALSO NOTE:

The schedule change is ONLY happening for Week One. Weeks 2 - 10 will remain unchanged.

week one schedule change (6-9 year-old camps)

NEW DATES:

Thursday, June 6th – Saturday, June 8th

PLEASE NOTE: Camp goes through Saturday.

NEW HOURS:

9am - 12:30pm (Half-Day Mudlarkians & Jr. Mudlarkians)

9am - 4:30pm (Full-Day Mudlarkians)

week one schedule change (10-14 year-old camps)

NEW DATES:

Thursday, June 6th – Saturday, June 8th

PLEASE NOTE: Camp goes through Saturday.

NEW HOURS:

*Week one of camp no longer has afternoon camps, only Morning camps

9am  – 2pm (Morning camps end at 2pm, not 12pm)

2 – 4pm OPTIONAL AFTER-CARE OPTION (only offered Thursday/Friday)

After-Care is offered at the low price of $25. 
It’s only offered for Week one on Thu/Fri.


If you want to utilize the After-Care option, please sign up HERE. 

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. 
NOTE: All Mudlarkian showcases take place at 6:00pm at 1417 Hinman Ave.
*For Session 1, please read above section regarding the schedule change in week one.

Time: 9am-12pm
Participation Fee: $495

Session 1: June 6-28            (showcase Thursday, June 27th)
Session 2: June 10-July 5      (showcase Wednesday, July 3th) NOTE: No camp on July 4th, but there WILL be camp on July 5
Session 3: July 1-26             (showcase Thursday, July 25th)
Session 4: July 8-August 2   (showcase Thursday, August 1st)

REGISTER HERE!



 


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.
NOTE: All Jr. Mudlarkian showcases take place at 11:30am at 1417 Hinman Ave.
*For Session 1, please read above section regarding the schedule change in week one.

Time: 9am-12pm
Participation Fee: $495

Session 1: June 6-28 (showcase Friday, June 28)
Session 2: June 24 - July 19 (Showcase Friday, July 19)
Session 3: July 8 – August 2 (showcase Friday, August 2)

REGISTER HERE!

FULL-DAY Mudlarkians (Ages 8-9)

Explore the world of theater with four 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. Your child will have so much fun, they’ll want to sign up for a second session!
NOTE: All Mudlarkian showcases take place at 6:00pm at 1417 Hinman Ave.
*For Session 1, please read above section regarding the schedule change in week one.

Time: 9am-4pm
Participation Fee: $885

Session 1: June 6-28            (showcase Thursday, June 27th)
Session 2: June 10-July 5      (showcase Wednesday, July 3th) NOTE: No camp on July 4th, but there WILL be camp on July 5
Session 3: July 1-26             (showcase Thursday, July 25th)
Session 4: July 8-August 2   (showcase Thursday, August 1st)

REGISTER HERE!

 

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 a camp experience unlike any other!
NOTE: The final showcase takes place on August 2 at 11:30am at 1417 Hinman Ave.


Time: 9am-12pm
Date: July 22 - August 2
Participation Fee: $275

REGISTER HERE!
 

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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.
*Since this camp has performances at the end, ONLY SIGN UP if you know you can attend the majority of the camp. One (or two) absences is fine, but any more than that and it gets difficult to integrate the camper into the play.
Dates: July 8-26
Performances: July 26 & 27; 7:00pm
July 28; 3:00pm

Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $385

REGISTER HERE!


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 10-28
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $400

REGISTER HERE!





Smash Hit Musical

Discover the magic of what a musical can be! Campers will devise a new SMASH HIT jukebox musical with songs that run the genre spectrum.
*Please read above section regarding the schedule for week one of camp (June 6-8), as it is different than the rest of the weeks.
Dates: June 6 - 21
Showcase: June 21; 6:00pm
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $385

REGISTER HERE!

Mudlark's News Network
News flash! In this camp, you’ll have three weeks to conceive, practice and perform a fake news show, in the style of Weekend Update, Onion News, and The Daily Show.
Dates: July 22 - August 9
Showcases: August 9 & 10; 6:30pm
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $385

REGISTER HERE!

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.
*Since this camp has performances at the end, ONLY SIGN UP if you know you can attend the majority of the camp. One (or two) absences is fine, but any more than that and it gets difficult to integrate the camper into the play.
Dates: June 10-28
Performances: June 28 & 29; 6:30pm
June 30; 3:00pm

Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $385

REGISTER HERE!



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, seven years running.
Dates: July 1-19
Performances: July 19-21; 8:00pm

Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $385

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


Broadway Musical
Explore the Broadway canon from classic to contemporary! Build upon your musical theater skills and begin to master them as you rehearse an epic final showcase.
Dates: July 15 - August 2
Showcases: August 2; 6:00pm
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $385

REGISTER HERE!

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! 
Dates: June 17-28
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $275

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Design Lab (NEW!)
The magic of theater is not possible without the work that happens behind the scenes. In this camp you’ll learn about the major areas of design; Lights, Sound, Costumes, and props. Not only that, the Design Lab campers will partake in cross-camp collaboration, and be in charge of completely designing The Three-Week Production: Devised.
Dates: July 15-26
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $275

REGISTER HERE!


Acting Studio 3
NOW TWO WEEKS LONG! 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.
*Acting Studio 1 & 2 or special permission required
Dates: July 8-19
Time: 9am-12pm
Fee: $275

REGISTER HERE!

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 10-14; 1-4pm
2) July 8-12; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!



Audition Workshop
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 5-9; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


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!
Three sessions:
1)  June 6-8; 9am-2pm (camp ends at 2pm, not 12pm)
2) July 8-12; 9am-12pm
3) July 29 – August 2; 1-4pm

Fee: $170

REGISTER HERE!



League of Adventure
Do you enjoy rolling dice to do damage? Do you enjoy talking in strange voices and playing characters that are holy avengers? Or evil warlocks? The League of Adventure is a role-playing camp that focuses on character building and choice. That…and fighting massive monsters, of course!
One Session:
July 8-12; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!




Longform Improv 1
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. 
One Session:
August 5-9; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


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 24-28; 1-4pm
Fee: $170

REGISTER HERE!


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.
Two sections:
1) July 15-19; 1-4pm
2) July 29 – August 2; 9am-12pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 


Puppet Show (NEW CAMP!)
Think “Jim Henson and The Muppets,” and you’ll be getting close to what this camp’s about. In our newest installment of puppet camps, you will learn the magic of the hand-in-mouth technique, which you’ll use as you create your own show with puppets!
One Session:
August 5-9; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

 
REGISTER HERE!

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 17-21; 9am-12pm
Fee: $170

REGISTER HERE!



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 8-12; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!




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 10-14; 1-4pm
2) July 22-26; 9am-12pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


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 TO LIFE ON STAGE. For music lovers and sonic novices alike! 
One Session:
July 29 - August 2; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!



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 sessions:
1) June 10-14; 9am-12pm
2) June 24-28; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 

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) July 15-19; 9am-12pm
2) July 29 - August 2; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!



Storytelling (NEW CAMP!)
Have you ever listened to “The Moth” on WBEZ? Ever heard a story told so perfectly it inspired you? In this camp you’ll learn the art of storytelling and how impactful it can be. Learn to masterfully weave a tale of incredible proportions, both on the paper and in performance. This camp will have a final showcase. FAIR WARNING: This camp involves creative writing.
One Session:
July 22-26; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!

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 young actor!
Three sessions:
1) June 10-14; 9am-12pm
2) June 24-28; 9am-12pm
3) July 15-19; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!

 

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 17-21; 9am-12pm
2) July 8-12; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!

 

Improv!
Create surprising and hilarious scenes with your fellow campers as you learn the basics of improvisation; listening, giving gifts, accepting and building, and trusting your own brilliant, spontaneous imagination!
Four sessions:
1) June 6-8; 9am-2pm (camp ends at 2pm, not 12pm)
2) June 17-21; 9am-12pm
3) June 24-28; 1-4pm
4) July 15-19; 9am-12pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


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:
June 10-14; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


Longform Improv 2
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.
*Longform Improv 1 or special permission required
One session:
July 29 – August 2; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


Mockumentary (NEW CAMP!)
In this brand new camp, we will be exploring how to film a mockumentary. Characters that are larger than life will make appearances, world experts will study the strangest topics and we will capture it all on film! In only one week you will film your very own mockumentary!
One Session:
August 5-9; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


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 24-28; 9am-12pm
2) July 22-26; 1-4pm

Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 

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 22-26; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!



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 10-14; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 

 

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 24-28; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 

Slam Theater
Learn about the creative process used to create the hit show “I.D.” 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 17-21; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!
 

Stage Combat 1
A (safe) crash course in the basics of hand-to-hand stage combat, culminating in a presentation of staged battles. 
Two sessions:
1) June 6-8; 9am-2pm (camp ends at 2pm, not 12pm)
2) June 17-21; 1-4pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!


Stage Combat 3
What happens when you put three feet of steel into an actor’s hand?  Come find out!  We will learn how to safely tell the story of a SWORD FIGHT on stage. This camp is physically challenging.  Stage Combat 2 or special permission required.
*Stage Combat 2 or special permission required
One Session: 
July 8-12; 9am-12pm
Fee: $170

REGISTER HERE!


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) June 17-21; 1-4pm
2) July 29 - August 2; 9am-12pm
Fee: $140

REGISTER HERE!