Theater in a Box

June 10 - 21, 2024

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WRITE, CREATE, DIRECT, AND PERFORM!

In this half-day camp for younger elementary school students, kids can do it all - write, create, direct, and perform a story on the small stage using our theater in a box!
 
We will begin by exploring the important parts of a story, like conflict, plot, and setting.  The group then will dive into how plays work by using dialogue and stage directions to provide a map to the work of the play. Next, students will prepare scripts and create puppet characters using provided materials.
 
Participants receive a special box to serve as their "stage."  They then will stage their play and debut their work at an end-of-camp sharing.
 
Each day, we will sprinkle in theater and character exploration activities designed to stimulate creativity, in addition to the building of students' stories and staging of the plays.  Students are welcome to continue developing their projects outside of camp, but no outside work is required.  Supplies and time to create will be provided, along with a small mid-morning snack.
 
 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEATER IN A BOX CAMP

SESSION DATES AND HOURS
There will be two sessions of Theater in a Box divided by grade level. 
 
Grades 3-4   LIMITED AVAILABILITY - REGISTER SOON!
Session 1: June 10-14; 9 AM - 12 PM daily
 
Grades 1-2 - SOLD OUT
Session 2: June 17-21; 9 AM - 12 PM daily
 
Hours:  9 AM - 12 PM daily. 
Students may be dropped off in the morning between 8:45-9 AM. Students will be dismissed in the order signed out between 12 PM and 12:10 PM
 
Location:  Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
 
Final Showcase of Work: Friday, 11 AM - 12 PM.  A link to each student's performance video will be sent home after the performance.
FEES
Theater in a Box Camp carries a registration fee of $150, which includes a mid-morning snack.
 
Pay in full at time of registration or in four equal installments. (Payment plans only available for registrations received prior to March 10, 2024. Call Lynnae at 515-246-2360 if assistance is needed setting up a payment plan.)
SCHOLARSHIPS
We want to make sure that camp is accessible to all.
 
IMPORTANT: Please submit a scholarship application BEFORE registration opens to the public. 
  • A spot will be held for you until the scholarship committee can review applications. 
  • If you register AFTER public registration opens, your application will be reviewed if a spot becomes available.
 
Please complete the online SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION if financial assistance is needed to allow your student to participate. 
 
The following information is needed to complete the application form: 
  • Your contact information
  • Your average monthly household income
  • A Statement of Interest (preferably written by the student, and then UPLOADED as a PDF or Word document, OR, TYPED directly into the form). 
 
Scholarship funding is based on need and time of request and is awarded on a case-by-case basis.
 
Submitting this form does not guarantee a scholarship or a spot in any camp.
  
Questions: Contact Lynnae Lathrop at LynnaeL@DMPA.org.
 
NOTE: If you attended camp last summer on a School-to-Stage scholarship after being nominated by your school, please contact Miss Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org.
ATTENDANCE POLICY
Due to the half-day format, any absence may make it more difficult for students to complete their projects in time for the final showcase.
 
Please clear your student's schedule of any appointments or conflicts for your selected week of camp.
 
Be sure to communicate with camp staff if an emergency arises.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Your participation is very important to the overall success of your selected camp, but we understand that summer plans sometimes change. In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit notice of your camp cancellation to LynnaeL@DMPA.org or call 515-246-2360 to leave a message.
  • All refunds are subject to a $40 cancellation fee.
  • Written notice of cancellation must be received four weeks prior to the first date of the camp in order for a refund (minus the cancellation fee) to be issued.
  • If a cancellation is submitted less than four weeks prior to the camp start date, a refund minus the cancellation fee will only be issued if we are able to secure a new registration to fill the vacated spot.
  • Should camp be cancelled by DMPA, a full refund will be given.
Questions? Please contact our summer camp coordinator Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org or leave a message at 515-246-2360.
SESSION FULL? GET ON THE WAIT LIST!
Our camp sessions often fill up quickly.
 
If your preferred session is full, please add your name and contact information to our wait list by clicking HERE and indicate your student's age and which session(s) you are interested in attending.
 
We will contact you if a space becomes available.

REGISTRATION DAY TIPS

Tip 1: Use this list of registration questions to prepare the needed information for registration day. Camps fill quickly, and you will want all the required information ready to go.
 
Tip 2:  Follow ALL the directions carefully, being sure to select the CORRECT WEEK for your student's AGE GROUP.

QUESTIONS?

For questions about camp content or structure, or if needing registration assistance, contact our camp manager Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org or leave a message at 515-246-2360. 

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