Theatre Summer Camps

May 2, 2012 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts will offer several summer camps for youth through its Summer on Stage program. All camps will be held in the E. Melba Kirkpatrick Lab Theatre located in the McPherson Theatre building (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington). 


There are limited scholarships available to all camps based on family need. To register for camps, download the registration form and make checks payable to Cristen Susong, DBA Summer On Stage and mail to: Summer on Stage, Illinois Wesleyan University, PO Box 2900, Bloomington, IL 61702. 


According to Cristen Susong, recruitment coordinator for the School of Theatre Arts, the "mission of Summer on Stage is to provide a safe, nurturing and professional environment in which students can explore the dramatic arts. Theatre can teach creativity, problem solving, collaboration, public speaking, concentration, confidence, adaptability and promotes a curiosity to learn." 


Following is list of the camps and additional information:

Greenlight Camp

Camp for ages 5-7 (or entering K-2nd grade) 


Two-week session May 29-June 8 


9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


Cost $180 (includes camp T-shirt) 



Students will be introduced to theatre games, improvisation, stage movement, vocal production and will present a fully produced play at the end of the session for friends and family Friday, June 8 at 4 p.m. This is the perfect morning camp for kids who love to be dramatic or need to break out of their shell or express their creativity

Footlight Camp

Camp for ages 8-11 (or entering 3rd-5th grade) 


Two-week session May 29-June 8 (Tuesday after Memorial Day) 


1-4 p.m.


$180 (includes camp T-shirt) 



This camp will explore acting, improvisation, dance, voice, movement, team and confidence building activities. Camp will conclude with a public performance Friday, June 8 at 4 p.m. This is the perfect camp for your budding actor or actress.

Spotlight Camp

Camp for ages 12-15 (or entering 6th- 9th grade) 


Three-week session June 11-29 


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


$250 (includes camp T-shirt and snack each afternoon)

Students who love theatre will thrive in this intensive theatrical training camp. Acting, dance, singing and technical theatre classes will take up the morning. The afternoons will be filled with rehearsals for the final showcase performance Friday, June 29 at 4 p.m. Students will learn choreography, blocking, character development and begin to understand all that is required to "put on a show." This camp will promote teamwork and problem solving skills. There is no other opportunity like this available in our community during the summer. For the student ready for hard work and theatrical success.

* Session Added Due to High Demand *
Footlight Camp

Camp for ages 6-12 (or entering 1st-6th grade)

Two-week session July 23-Aug. 3.

1-4 p.m. 

$150 (reduced price excludes T-shirt)

This camp will explore acting, improvisation, dance, voice, movement, team and confidence building activities. Camp will conclude with a public performance on Friday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m.

For further information, contact Susong at (309) 533-9324, (309) 556-3944 or IWUsummeronstage@yahoo.com.

Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu