Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Summer Camp Registration Time-Northlight Performing Arts Camp #summercamps

Northlight Theatre announces
the Summer 2013
Northlight Performing Arts Camp

Hey parents, there's no rest for the resourceful.   It's that time of year again...time to suss out summer camps for your littles.   If you have a ham in the family, consider Northlight Performing Arts Camp, for your aspiring thespian in grades 3-10.

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, is offering its acclaimed Summer 2013 theatre camps for grades 3–10. Northlight's Performing Arts Camp combines professional theatre training with timeless summer camp traditions and a public end-of-session showcase performed on the professional stage.

Northlight's education programming is built on the belief that self-expression, creative thought and confidence are the keys to well-being. Northlight believes the arts teach these skills by encouraging reflective thought, discipline and collaboration.

Northlight’s philosophy is to recognize each child as an individual. Their teaching professionals are committed to sharing their love of theatre in a safe, age-appropriate setting and to helping students build a lifelong appreciation for theatre and the arts.

Northlight Performing Arts Camp has sessions for Junior Campers (Grades 3-6) and Senior Campers (Grades 7-10).

Camp highlights include:
• Field trips and performances from top Chicago theatres each session
• Workshops with guest artists from other area theatres, including Steppenwolf, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Redmoon, Lookingglass and Northlight
• Core classes shape the skills of Junior Campers and advance the skills of Senior Campers in acting, improvisation, singing, movement and backstage technique.  The electives introduce Junior Campers to mask work, playwriting and musical theatre.  Among the electives for Senior Campers are advanced improvisation, Shakespeare and stage make-up.
• Weekly (Junior Camp) or bi-weekly (Senior Camp) Friday afternoon trips to the Skokie Water Park.

Session 1 runs June 17 – July 12, 2013 (no Camp July 4, Camp show July 11); Session 2 runs July 16 – August 9, 2013 (no Camp July 15, Camp show August 8).

Drop off times for the camp are between 9:00-9:30am; pick up times are between 3:00-3:30pm.

Northlight has added a new, one-week session, Adventures in Playmaking for grades 2-6.  The session runs August 12–August 16, 2013.

Northlight Performing Arts Camp will take place at Northlight Theatre housed in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts located at 9501 Skokie Blvd. Classes and rehearsals take place on the Northlight stage, work rooms, and Rice rehearsal room.  Keeping with Northlight's tradition, students will rehearse, perform and explore on our professional Northlight Theatre stage. During tech week, the fourth week of each session, students spend half the day in technical rehearsals on the Northlight stage, adding lights, sound and costumes to the showcases. The other half of the day is spent in Northlight's Rice Rehearsal Room to play theatre games, brush-up staging and prepare for Thursday night's showcase for friends and family.

One session: $895 before March 15; $925 after March 15
Two sessions or siblings: $1,770 before March 15; $1,830 after March 15
One week Adventures in Playmaking session: $250

All Northlight Performing Arts Camp need-based scholarships are first come, first serve.  Scholarship applications will be available at mid-January.  

Contact Amanda Jane Dunne at or 847.324.1608 for registration.  For more information visit Northlight’s website at

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for Summer 2013 is NOW AVAILABLE for all returning Camp families for $885/Session – register online or contact Performing Arts Camp Director Amanda Jane Dunne by email or calling 847.324.1608.  Regular registration begins January 15.

Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences, reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.

Now in its 38th season, the organization has mounted nearly 200 productions, including over 40 world premieres.  Northlight has earned 151 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 28 Awards.  As one of the area’s premier theatre companies, Northlight is a regional magnet for critical and professional acclaim, as well as talent of the highest quality.

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