High School Drama Camp: Performance & Behind the Scenes Sections

Ages 14-19

2023 Show: TBA

Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.
Our Drama Camp now has two sections: Performance and Behind the Scenes! Learn more about each section below!
 
 HS Drama Camp: Performance Section is for those who would like to perform in the TBA 2023 Play. Students should register for this section to secure their audition and then see the audition information below. This section requires an audition in order to participate. Following the auditions, tuition will be charges for those cast. 
 

HS Drama Camp: Behind the Scenes Section will give students the opportunity to work on all the technical, backstage, and design elements. Campers will work with the directing team to take the production from design to the stage. Campers will meet with the directing team at a “Pre-Production Meeting” to begin collaborating on design for sets, costumes, props, and lights. The week of camp will be spent building and assembling all these elements, before transitioning to crew roles for the actual show. During the production, Behind the Scenes campers will serve as running crew, stage management, lighting crew, costumes crew, and more! This camp will give you a unique opportunity to work on the technical aspects of a production from their inception to their execution. Don’t miss out on building your portfolio as a theater technician, and getting a chance to work on this classic of the American Theater! To be involved in this camp, register for the Behind the Scenes Section!

2022 Show: Our Town

Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.
 
Our regular Drama Camp will run concurrent with a new “Behind the Scenes” Camp that will focus on tech theatre, stagecraft, etc. The “techies” will spend the week working on sets, costumes, props, lights, etc. for Our Town, while the Drama Camp students rehearse the show.

2022 Show: Our Town

Described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.
 
Our regular Drama Camp will run concurrent with a new “Behind the Scenes” Camp that will focus on tech theatre, stagecraft, etc. The “techies” will spend the week working on sets, costumes, props, lights, etc. for Our Town, while the Drama Camp students rehearse the show.

Auditions

Register for this camp if you are planning to audition for Our Town. You must audition and be cast to attend this camp. After casting, you will be charged the full amount of the camp – $325.

Students interested in Behind the Scenes camp should simply register for that camp.

Audition Information:
Auditions will occur on June 2, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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Students who choose to audition will need to complete the following:

  • Sign up for auditions HERE
  • Prepare a performance of one of the selected monologues FOUND HERE
  • Complete the audition form FOUND HERE

Callbacks will occur from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th at the First Act Studios. Those students invited to callbacks will receive more information.

Audition Tips

  • First Act Theatre Arts does require the monologues to be memorized. 
  • Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible! You can find a copy of the script online. 
  • Be confident — even if you have never done this before. But also be humble!
  • Make bold choices — you need to show us your stuff. Don’t just stand and read. Begin by introducing yourself and your audition pieces. We realize that virtually everyone is doing the same pieces, but it is good practice to do the introduction the right way.
  • Don’t look at the camera when you are auditioning. It is not your scene partner. Pick a spot just next to the camera on which to focus.
  • You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.


Have fun!! Remember that God is always with you!!!

Character Breakdown

Stage Manager – The all-knowing narrator who may be speaking for the author. The Stage Manger literally sets the stage, describes the action and introduces the actors. Steps in and out of the action as other characters: a minister, a drug store owner, a neighbor lady passing by.

Emily Webb – Goes from age 16 to 20; sincere and innocent.She has the strongest love of life and enthusiasm.

Mr. Charles Webb – Age between 30 and 55 or so. He is highly educated and is the editor and owner of the only local newspaper. Has a strong connection with his daughter.

Mrs. Myrtle Webb – Age between 30 and 55 or so.

Wally Webb – Young boy age 11 to 13.

George Gibbs – Goes from age 16 to 20. He is an idealist and a romantic. He strongly and sincerely desires to be the best person he can be for the love of his life.

Dr. Frank Gibbs – Between 30 and 55 or so. He is a doctor and family man. Romantic and in love with his wife.

Mrs. Julia Gibbs – Age between 30 and 55 or so. Mother of George & Rebecca. Strong love for her family. A romantic who dreams of visiting Paris. Strong connection with her son.

Rebecca Gibbs – Young girl age 11 to 13. Has a strong sense of energy and wonder about the world. Amazed at the stars and the earth’s place in the galaxy.

Joe Crowell – Age 14 or so. Delivers the newspapers and sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town.

Howie Newsome – Age 14 or so. Delivers the milk, leading the horse and wagon. Sets up important sense of friendliness among the neighbors of the small town.

Simon Stimson – Leader of the church choir, but has deep problems.

Constable Warren – The town constable.

Mrs. Soames – Sings in the choir and loves to spread gossip.