March Break Camp
Information coming soon!
Summer Drama Camp
“I loved EVERYTHING!” Josh, Aged 9, Summer 2011
The summer program at Market Hall is in its 13th year and we are thrilled to offer some familiar themes, as well as a new “My First Movie’ week. Our camps are high energy, action packed adventures that encourage children to develop new skills and have fun in a supported and authentic theatre environment. We encourage children to participate in the way that feels best for them, enabling them to stretch creatively and use their imaginations. We round off the week with a performance for friends and family.
Market Hall is a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of downtown Peterborough, with a 35 year history as a performing arts venue.
The Hall recently reopened after a $9 million renovation which has restored the exterior façade, installed 2 new elevators, improved the entranceway and retrofitted a first class theatre on the second storey.
It is a flexible configuration well suited to our summer program, offering a large open floor space, raked theatre seating, professional lighting and sound equipment, lots of daylight through a magnificent bank of 12 feet windows and a very efficient air conditioning system.
Our camp directors are all professional teachers and artists with many years experience directing summer camps and they are assisted by a full-time teaching assistant who is present throughout the day.
Cost for each camp is $170. All Camps will be held at the newly renovated Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte Street
2012 Summer Programs
I’m Making This Up As I Go
With Andrew Root
Ages 8-12: July 2 - July 6
Are you good at thinking on your feet? Do you want to be? "I'm Making This Up As I Go!" is a week-long crash course on improvised comedy; we'll literally be making it up as we go along! You'll learn about the history of improv, using techniques and characters that have been around since the days of Commedia dell'Arte, the original Italian improv troupes! In just one week, you'll develop the skills of good improv, create a unique, original scene, and perform it for family and friends, all while flying by the seat of your pants! Improv is an exciting and fun theatre tradition that anyone can pick up. Just keep saying "yes" and be ready to laugh!
Fabulous Green Roof Theatre
With Dan Fewings
July 9 – July 13 and July 30 – Aug 3
What a way to kick start the summer! Dan Fewings' experience and enthusiasm will make sure that this weeklong camp is a highlight of the summer. As participants work towards a Friday afternoon performance of their own creative work, they will gain valuable skills along the way. The Fabulous Green Roof Children’s Theatre workshops have established a tradition of excellence working with children in a theatrically creative context, enabling children to explore their own imagination using theatre games, writing, music, movement and masks. Every week is unique, as it’s the kid’s ideas and interests that drive the show ….and you will be amazed at what Dan helps your child achieve in a week.
Market Hall Idols Live!
With Andrew Finlan
Ages 8 - 16
July 16 - July 20
July 23 - July 27
Whether you have dreamed of being in a musical, the host of your own variety show, or a stand up comedian, this camp is for you. Using dramatic techniques such as movement, dance, script writing, monologues, clowning, improvisation and group dynamic games, this camp will explore the exciting theme of entertainment. Come out and boost your confidence while making some friends along the way.
Creative Arts Camp
With Andrew Bigg
Ages 5 -7: August 6 – August 10
Ages 8-12: August 13 – August 17
A world of creativity opens up to your child in these exciting and busy camps. Campers will create and act in scenes and skits, make puppets and costumes, sing and dance and prepare for our big show on the Market Hall stage for family and friends on Friday afternoon. Imagination takes the lead in this fun packed week of arts and theatrical performance. Wear comfy clothing and be prepared to have fun!
Musical Theatre Camp
With Shannon Stanlick
Ages 8 - 13: August 20 – August 24
*Acting *Singing *Dancing. It’s the “triple threat” of the performing arts world. At the Shakin’ with Shannon Musical Theatre Camp, acting, singing and dancing are combined on the centre stage. Campers will receive daily acting, singing and dance training. They will also take part in a variety of choreographed and directed musical theatre numbers. Each day, rehearsal and training will be intertwined with exciting camp games, activities and crafts. Campers will also have the opportunity to choreograph and direct their very own musical theatre number too. The week culminates with the children staring in a magnificent musical theatre showcase that exhibits their newfound multiple talents.
My First Movie
With Brian Mitolo
Ages 10+: August 27 – August 31
“My First Movie” is drama camp with a twist! Young people can have their first experience creating and performing in the short movies they make during their week at Market Hall. Writing, directing and acting skills are explored through fun games and story-making activities. Even if you’ve never picked up a camera before - or if you want to develop your skills - you’ll be amazed at what you can do in a week at movie camp. Lights! Camera! Action! A Friday afternoon screening of your movie will premiere on the big screen at the new Market Hall and you’ll have a DVD to keep of your movie debut.
about the instructors
Andrew Root is an English and Drama teacher who earned his chops at Laurentian University in Sudbury as a founding member of the LU Children's Improv Troupe, performing unscripted scenes in elementary schools and farmer's markets. After graduation, he moved to Paris, France where he acted in several student films at the American University of Paris, and studied mime with the students of L'Ecole Jacques LeCoq. He returned to Peterborough to get his teaching degree at Trent University, then hopped The Pond again to teach in an English classroom just outside Cambridge, England. Now he's back in Canada and happily involved in community theatre. He's thrilled to be working without a script!
Andrew Bigg has taught Drama, Visual Arts and English in the PCVS Integrated Arts Program for 14 years. He was an instructor for every year of the Interact Children’s Summer Arts Experience in Peterborough and taught four summers at the King Street Arts Centre in Millbrook Summer Arts Camp. This is his fifth year at Market Hall camps. He has taken kids “Behind the Curtain of Sleep,” on a microscopic adventure and done some scary stuff with dragons! He delights in creating huge puppets and dramatic tales and looks forward to more great creative fun this summer!
Dan Fewings has worked in children’s theatre since his graduation from Theatre Studies at Niagara College Theatre School in the 1970s. He has worked extensively as a clown, a musician, and is currently in his 26th year of teaching. He teaches Drama, Musical Theatre and guitar at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School. For over 20 years now Dan has directed his camp to hundreds of kids. In addition to helping students develop their confidence and performance abilities, The Fabulous Green Roof Theatre Workshops challenge students to be kind to themselves and others and to have fun while focusing on the common goal of putting a great ensemble show together. “Essentially” says Fewings, “we become a small theatre troupe in a week”.
Andrew Finlan is the Vice Principal at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School. He is a former curriculum consultant for the Peterborough Separate School Board and a former drama teacher at Holy Cross Secondary School. Andrew was a board representative for the highly successful ‘Youth 4 Youth’ concert in support of the Youth Emergency Shelter. He has directed and performed in many local productions. This is Andrew’s ninth year at Market Hall Drama Camps.
Shannon Stanlick is a Market Hall camp alumnus who has just completed her third year at Brock University. Shannon is a member of the Brock University Dance Team, and has taught at Peterborough’s Move N’ Groove studio for many years. The recipient of the dramatic arts award for 4 consecutive years at her high school, Shannon has also been involved in numerous local musical theatre productions. Energetic, enthusiastic, and extremely talented, we are so pleased to welcome Shannon back for her seventh summer season at Market Hall.
Brian Mitolo is a local writer and filmmaker and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Summer program. His “my first movie” camps for kids have been a local summer hit since 2000. Brian is accomplished filmmakers with a passion for helping young people develop their ideas into stories. With a sense of humour, and by encouraging your child’s uniquely personal sense of self-expression, Brian engages your kids to learn together as they create memorable short films.