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                          Where Creative Minds Play!

COURSE SELECTION FORM

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Period 1

Acting for the Camera

Matia Emsellem

Grades 6-11

Acting for the camera class is focused mainly on the differences between acting on stage and acting on film. We will look at different scenes from plays, movies, and television shows, stage them, and then record them. We will then watch the scenes and re-vamp them to make them more appropriate for the camera. We will talk about the differences in subtlety in these different forms of acting. We will also look at plays that have been turned into movies and vice versa, and use that as a platform to look at how differently the actors have to work when on camera.

Ceramics

Michele MacKenzie

Grades 7-11

Students will learn to create both functional vessels and ceramic sculpture. All major handbuilding techniques, as well as the use of the potter’s wheel, will be taught. Creative solutions to problems and personal vision will be stressed as we explore the medium of clay. All work will be kiln-fired and glazed.

Comedy Club  

Sharon Bisantz

Grades 7-11

The Office. 30Rock. Community. The Daily Show. Saturday Night Live. Before they made it on television, comedy writers and actors were making laughs at Chicago's Second City and Manhattan's Upright Citizen's Brigade. This summer, come study comedy writing and improvisation based on the world's most successful comedy institutions. See if you have what it takes to be the next Tina Fey, Will Farrell, Amy Poehler, Donald Glover or Steve Carrell. Join MSSA's 2013 Comedy Troupe!

Costume Design I 

Rachelle Vachon

Grades 6-11

Imagine designing costumes for Romeo and Juliet from three different periods, choosing your own fabrics, colors and style. This class guarantees you will have beautiful sketches, in color, of your own creations and the knowledge of how differently people dressed long ago. [No previous experience or drawing skills needed] Class limit 10

Costume Design II 

Rachelle Vachon 

Grades 7-11

Design a costume from the Elizabethan era. Create a color rendering of your design using a packet of established fabrics as your guide. Draft the patterns and build a period costume on your very own Barbie that will be provided. Requirements: Costume I (absolutely necessary), hand sewing skill or a strong desire to develop such skills.

Dance Company 

Katie Bartelson 

Grades 8-11

This class is for those dancers (male & female) who want to take a deeper look into technique and performance for concert. These students will get a hands-on approach into choreography, costuming, lighting and learn what goes into the creation of a dance concert. Final performance will be in the evening of show week in addition to Noontime Show and Festival Day. This is an audition based class.

Digital Photography (Advanced)

Nancy Roberts

Grades 7-11 

Students will learn how to take pictures, digital file management / Photoshop manipulation, and output to the Yearbook and MSSA newspaper. The technical aspects of photography covered will be the interplay of aperture and shutter speed along with lens effects and basic flash. Students will also learn how to tell a story with photos. Throughout the class students will be archiving their photographs systematically allowing efficient recall. Basics in color correction will be covered in Photoshop. The goal is for each photographer to develop creative exploration through photography.

Class limit 10

Greasepaint Kids   

Grace Woodford/John Eldridge  

Grades 4-5

I Believe in Make Believe

Every performer needs to start somewhere. At Greasepaint, we provide the community to do so with professional guidance and nurturing. On our way to creating a main-stage musical play, Greasepaint Kids learn the fundamentals of rehearsing and performing on stage: ensemble work, vocal technique, character exploration, responsibility, and performance process. But even a Greasepaint Kid will tell you that, more than anything, it is about having fun and making friends!

Guitar I    

Jimmy Roach  

All

Grab your guitar and get started learning to play one of the most versatile instruments in the world! Emphasis will be on making music from the start, and students will have fun playing simple fun tunes as well as learning enough chords to play countless songs. Make music playing individually, with partners and small groups, and as a whole ensemble. Learn music from tablature (a diagram of where to put your fingers) and ‘play-along’ CDs, as well as listening to a variety of styles. Class is designed for those with no prior experience playing the guitar, and those who want to review the basics. (Students must supply their own guitar).

Gymnastics (Advanced)

Sydney Callahan

Grades 7-11

Perfect your gymnastics skills and possibly learn some new tricks! At least 2 years of experience recommended!

Illustration 

Donna Dawson

All

A drawing class for students with some drawing experience. Possible themes may include (but not limited to) children's books, Poster Art, observation of animals at play. A variety of media will be used. Students will be encouraged to incorporate poetry, verse and / or text with a chosen piece of work.

Jewelry Making

Kelly Lopez

All

In this class we will start with basic earring, necklace, and bracelet techniques and move into more complex projects including wire jewelry, seed bead stitching and bead making. This class is geared towards new jewelry designers, but will have projects for all levels!

Lighting & Sound Design 

Evan Kelly 

Grades 7-11

Explore both the artistic and technical side of theatre electrics. This class will focus on the why behind lighting and sound as well as the how. Students will work together on bringing to life the lighting and sound effects for the final week productions, as well as run the Noontime shows. There will be some work at heights, and close toed shoes (toe and heel

enclosed) are required.

Musical Theatre Scene 

Annalee Warrensford  

All

Take part in all aspect of musical theatre: the singing, the dancing and the acting – all within a scene! Scenes from different musicals will be chosen and performed with the dialogue, song and choreography. Performances: Noontime Show and Festival Day.

Musical Theatre Scene 

Annalee Warrensford  

All

Take part in all aspect of musical theatre: the singing, the dancing and the acting – all within a scene! Scenes from different musicals will be chosen and performed with the dialogue, song and choreography. Performances: Noontime Show and Festival Day.

Puppets (3 weeks ONLY) 

Alyson Brown

All

Puppetry has made a comeback in contemporary theatre with shows such as The Lion King, Shrek and War Horse. Have you ever made a hand puppet, shadow puppet or marionette? In this class, students will create various types of puppets and present a puppet show at the end of the summer session. After all, puppets are great, hands down!

Rockapella

Kate Burns

Grades 9-11

An ensemble-based singing group, which will perform popular styles acapella music during the camp session. Past material has included The Doors, Billy Joel, Queen, Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Alanis Morrissette. Previous singing experience is recommended but not required. Performances: Noontime Shows and on Festival Day.

Limited by Instructor

Scenic Painting 

Page Evett 

All

Anyone can paint….really! Dive into a class that will take you from the basics of stroke-work and color mixing to using all of the tools of the trade, wood-grains, sprayers and more. Learn confidence as a painter and the come join us painting the sets for the productions. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe and heel enclosed) must be worn. Bring an old shirt to wear over your clothes

Sculpture

Jan Chapin

All

Explore the world of 3 dimensional art. What is negative space? Using a variety of materials including but not limited to clay, recycled goods and fabric we will be creating a world of sculpture.

Swim Lessons

Sarah Hardin 

All

Red Cross swim instruction. Campers will be tested during the first week of camp for placement in the appropriate level. The Staff has certification for all levels.

Woodworking

 Jeffrey Bartsch 

All

Do you want to build, sculpt, or carve? Do you like to use tools? Do you want to learn how? Would you like to make a table, a bird house, a chair, a chest, a ladder for your treehouse (or something that you have only imagined until now). How about a totem pole? Or a sculpture? All classes are open to any skill level, any age. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 8

World Music

Paul Benzaquin

All

The goal of this fun hands-on music making class will be to perform rhythmically exciting music from around the world. Working as a group, we’ll explore rhythms and melodies from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and other regions. Using wooden xylophones, all types of drums and percussion, keyboards, guitars and any other instruments played by members of the group, we’ll practice and perform tunes guaranteed to get the audience smiling and up on their feet!

Period 2

Act II Players (Periods 2 and 3) 

Annalee Warrensford/Kate Burns

Grades 6-8

SHREK: The Musical!

Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Digital Photo 

Nancy Roberts

All

Learn the art of photo in the digital age. This class will cover all the basics of photo from framing and composition to downloading, editing and printing. Campers may bring their own equipment.

Games 

Kara Fadden

All

Kickball, four square, wiffle ball, capture the flag, soccer and more! Come enjoy your favorite games and maybe learn some new ones!

Hip Hop – Dance  

Katie Bartelson

Grades 7-11

Get ready to get your funk on and explore the latest and coolest hip hop moves in this class!

Improv & Theatre Company 

Grace Woodford/Matia Emsellem

Grades 7-11

You may have seen “Whose Line is it Anyway” on TV. Improv is fun, but it does take a lot of work, energy and concentration in order to create entertaining, interesting theatre for an audience. We’ll work with short game-type forms as well longer forms of Improv. How do you create believable characters and make interesting scenes for you and the audience? Take this class and find out. We will put on an Improv show that will include both short (Dating Show, for example) and longer forms of Improvisation (Movie styles).

Jazz – Dance 

Ryan Casey 

Grades 4-6

Sonya Tayeh, Mia Michaels, Bob Fosse and Travis Wall are just a few big names today in contemporary jazz dance. Come learn this fun and unique style that brings together energetic, expressive movement with today’s most exciting music. Bring in your favorite music and let’s dance to it!

Make-Up 

 Kelly Lopez

 Grades 6-11

You will earn to create, design and apply make-up for the stage or just for fun, covering techniques from aging, glamour, fantasy, to the most outlandish special effects. Campers in this class have the opportunity to do make-up for evening stage productions during the final week of MSSA. [$Pre-requisite Lab Fee: $25.00 for performance make-up kit]

MSSA TV/Video Production 

Nina Araujo  

All

Would you like to be on TV at MSSA? Create your own TV show for this summer? Walk around with a camera and find stories for the news? How about come up with awesome ads, or your own music video? How about covering a story in Paris without leaving MSSA using our state-of-the-art green screen studio? Then, this class needs you! We will have a good time and everyone gets to bring home a DVD with all TV segments at the end of camp.

Class limit 10

News Flash!

Molly Eberle 

All

Wassup around camp? It’s up to you to uncover the latest news and report it in the camp newspaper. Write! Observe! Inform! Snoop! Entertain! Come be a reporter for Backstage Beat, sports, CIT surveys, exclusive interviews, opinion pieces, movie reviews, and much more. Work independently or team up to write an article with a friend. At the end of each week, your terrific newspaper is distributed at camp and uploaded to the MSSA web site for all to enjoy.

Paperworks 

Jan Chapin   

All

Explore the exciting possibilities of paper. Paper maché, book construction, origami, and collage are a few of the endless creative objects we can make with paper. In this exciting class we will experiment with various paper making techniques as well as collage, image transfer, and recycled materials to create your own one-of-a- kind books. Different book binding techniques will be taught such as Japanese stitch, Accordion, and Coptic binding. You will be able to create a variety of books for multiple uses. Class limit 10

Proscenium Players (Periods 2 and 3)  

Sharon Bisantz  

Grades 9-11

The Big Eleven by MSSA Alumnus Stephen LaConte

To a junior in high school, getting into the right college is a matter of life or death. Welcome to the chaotic world of nine juniors who are about to make the most important decision of their lives...or so they're told. Between crazed counselors, SATs, pressuring parents, and the infamous college tour, these students must learn to survive and succeed at a high school where competition reigns and acceptance to an Ivy League school is the ultimate goal.

Circle of Fire by MSSA Alumni Max and Kate Bisantz

Rock School 

Tom Grandprey 

All

A study and illustration of various Rock/Blues songs of the 50s to the present; the relationship and roles of instruments in different settings. Technique development, scale usage, improvisation, and exercises. A knowledge of rhythms, notes, chords and key signatures is required.

Set Design

Page Evett 

Grades 6-11

Why do we use the sets we use in production? How do we create the world of the play? In this class we will be designing, building and painting, set pieces and props for the summer productions. Learn to use construction tools as we work with wood, fabric, metal, glue and any odd things you might find in a hardware store. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe and heel enclosed) must be worn.

Silver Clay 

Michele Mackenzie 

Grades 7-11

Use ceramic techniques to create pendants, earrings, and rings out of Precious Metal Silver Clay. This exciting new material transforms into 99% pure silver after kiln firing. You will learn a variety of techniques for forming fine jewelry including stone setting. You will be making wearable mini sculptures in real silver! This is as close to magic as it gets. Lab Fee: $50.00 Class limit 10

Swim Lessons  

Sarah Hardin

All

Red Cross swim instruction. Campers will be tested during the first week of camp for placement in the appropriate level. The Staff has certification for all levels.

Watercolor 

Donna Dawson

All

This class will experiment with traditional and nontraditional techniques within the watercolor medium. Plein air painting (outdoor/ landscapes) will be included with this class. Open to all ages and experiences. Class limit 10

Woodworking 

Jeffrey Bartsch 

All

Do you want to build, sculpt, or carve? Do you like to use tools? Do you want to learn how? Would you like to make a table, a bird house, a chair, a chest, a ladder for your treehouse (or something that you have only imagined until now). How about a totem pole? Or a sculpture? All classes are open to any skill level, any age. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 8

Period 3

Act II Players (Periods 2 and 3)   

Annalee Warrensford/Kate Burns 

 Grades 6-8

SHREK: The Musical!

Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

Backstage Magic   

Kelly Lopez/Page Evett 

All

Learn all the secrets about what really happens backstage and how the magic is made. Students will work on special effects, set dressings and props (properties - this means anything that is hand-held onstage) as class projects and for the shows!

Build Your Portfolio: Drawing into Painting

Michele MacKenzie

Grades 8-11

Students will use acrylic paints to create paintings ranging from realism to abstraction. We will work from observation, sketches, and imagination, and use both traditional and experimental techniques to explore this medium to its fullest. In-depth instruction in painting techniques will be a foundation of this class. The work of all students will be professionally photographed for inclusion in their portfolios.

Drawing 

Jan Chapin

All

Develop your drawing skills; learn new ways to express what you see before you by exploring various materials and techniques. Work from still life arrangements, the figure and landscapes. Mediums include graphite, charcoal, conte crayon and soft pastel.

Gymnastics – Intermediate

Sydney Callahan 

All

Improve your gymnastics ability and learn some new skills! At least 1 year of experience recommended!

Jazz – Dance 

Katie Bartelson

Grades 4-6

Sonya Tayeh, Mia Michaels, Bob Fosse and Travis Wall are just a few big names today in contemporary jazz dance. Come learn this fun and unique style that brings together energetic, expressive movement with today’s most exciting music. Bring in your favorite music and let’s dance to it!

Jazz/Rhythm & Blues 

Paul Benzaquin/Tom Grandprey 

All

An exploration into the various Jazz styles and the artists who created and developed them. Dixieland. Swing. Bebop. Cool. Classic. Fusion. We will develop your sight reading and improvisation skills.

Photo Documentary and Yearbook

Nancy Roberts

Grades 7-11

Be a part of the exciting world of publishing and help bring the MSSA yearbook to life! Create and gather photographs, reviews, drawings, cartoons, poems, lyrics, short stories, and anything else that will create a memorable yearbook of an unforgettable summer.

Print Making

Donna Dawson

All

A variety of traditional and innovative printmaking techniques will be explore. Block printing, etching, and monoprints are planned.

Proscenium Players (Periods 2 and 3)  

Sharon Bisantz 

Grades 9-11

The Big Eleven by MSSA Alumnus Stephen LaConte

To a junior in high school, getting into the right college is a matter of life or death. Welcome to the chaotic world of nine juniors who are about to make the most important decision of their lives...or so they're told. Between crazed counselors, SATs, pressuring parents, and the infamous college tour, these students must learn to survive and succeed at a high school where competition reigns and acceptance to an Ivy League school is the ultimate goal.

Circle of Fire by MSSA Alumni Max and Kate Bisantz

Quilt Art 

Molly Eberle 

All

So many tempting fabrics, so many intriguing possibilities! Learn quilt block designs, strip piecing, fabric characteristics, and machine piecing. Using several standard quilt block patterns, explore color combinations and designs. Projects include 12 x 12 decorative pillows, wall hangings, jazzy shoulder bags, and small quilts. You must be handy with scissors, needle, and thread; we do use sewing machines.

Recording Studio 

John Eldridge   

All

Produce your own album! Students write, arrange, and record their own songs just like the pros do. Multi-track recorder and synthesizers will be used along with live instruments and vocals to produce a class tape of original music!

Swimming Lessons

Sarah Hardin 

All

Red Cross swim instruction. Campers will be tested during the first week of camp for placement in the appropriate level. The Staff has certification for all levels.

Stage Combat 

Evan Kelly  

 Grades 6-11

Our first two weeks will be spent learning the basics of stage combat, both unarmed (wrist grabs, slaps, punches, kicks, hair pulls) and armed (attacks and parries with “silly swords”). This a great 2-week course for someone who wants to try fight choreography. During the next three weeks we’ll be bringing our mad skills to some fighting scenes. We‘ll be shaking up Shakespeare and busting our way through other fun fighting scenes. Number one in stage combat is safety – pre-planned moves that entertain the audience but are totally safe for the performers! Come, learn and have fun!

Tap – Dance 

Ryan Casey

Grades 4-6   

Learn the basics of the only dance style "Made in America." We'll use classical, swing and modern music to accompany our learning of the basic steps, as well as, for routines. No experience required. Performance: Festival Day [Required: tap shoes, comfortable clothing]

Woodworking

Jeffrey Bartsch

All  

Do you want to build, sculpt, or carve? Do you like to use tools? Do you want to learn how? Would you like to make a table, a bird house, a chair, a chest, a ladder for your treehouse (or something that you have only imagined until now). How about a totem pole? Or a sculpture? All classes are open to any skill level, any age. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 8

Period 5

Actors Workshop  

Matia Emsellem  

Grades 6-11

For the performer who wants to go further with their craft. How to audition, what makes a good monologue, how do you dissect a scene, why are the best actors’ reactors and many more techniques to broaden your actors toolbox. The class will work with both scripted and improvised material as well as some self scripting. Performance opportunities include noontime show and Festival Day.

ACT/TUNES Company (Periods 5 and 6)   

Carly Evans/ John Eldridge 

Grades 9-11

Into The Woods

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Stephen Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.

Art Explorations 

Kate Bolster-Houghton /Winston Pingeon

Grades 4-6   

This Arts class seeks, searches, and creates with exposure to a multitude of methods and materials. We will learn new skills with which to express ourselves.

Broadway Dance 

 Ryan Casey

Grades 6-11

This class will take you thru the “how to” of Musical Theater with appropriate scenes and music. From the character to the song, you will sing classic Broadway show tunes and develop some beloved characters for your own Noontime show and Festival Day performances.

Creative Writing

Jimmy Roach 

All

Every great song, movie, or play has sprung from the head of a writer. A writer takes all of his or her confused thoughts, dreams, and observations and turns them into art. This class is for kids who have big ideas, but maybe not the biggest personalities to express those ideas. We will create stories, poems, songs and scripts.

Digital Photo

Nancy Roberts 

All

Learn the art of photo in the digital age. This class will cover all the basics of photo from framing and composition to downloading, editing and printing. Campers may bring their own equipment.

Drumming 

Tom Grandprey

All

Explore the exciting world of percussion. Work on rhythms and technique as you enter the crazy syncopated world of Drumming!

Fractured Fairytales 

 Grace Woodford

Grades 4-7

Take a fairy tale and give it a new twist. We will transform favorite fairy tales into creative and hilarious presentations. You will work on acting, movement, dancing, drumming, and singing. Anything goes as we learn to work as an ensemble (a group working together!). Join us in this land of trolls, magic capes, and secret potions.

Games

Kara Fadden 

All

Kickball, four square, wiffle ball, capture the flag, soccer and more! Come enjoy your favorite games and maybe learn some new ones!

Guitar (3 weeks only) 

 Paul Benzaquin 

All

Designed for students who have completed Guitar 1, or who have taken lessons previously and can already play simple melodies and chords. We’ll have fun working in duos, in small groups, and as an ensemble playing contemporary tunes, as well as other well known melodies. We’ll strive to record and share our work at the camp. The ability to read music is not a prerequisite of the course. (Students must supply their own guitar).

Jewelry Making 

Jan Chapin 

All

In this class we will move beyond basic earring, necklace, and bracelet techniques and move into more complex projects including chandelier earrings, mixed-media projects, pearl knotting and beaded beads. This class is geared towards the more advanced jewelry maker and previous experience with jewelry making techniques is required.

Mixed Media

Donaa Dawson 

All

Fabric! Wood! Inks! Pastels! Found objects! All of these materials and more can be used to make art. We'll use 2-3 different materials in each piece of artwork made, with an abundance of imagination and creativity stirred into the mix. Class limit 10

Spotlight Players (Periods 5 and 6; 3-Week Session ONLY)

Alyson Brown/Steve Bergman

Grades 4-11

The Wizard of Oz

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Based on the classic MGM Movie! Put a smile on everyone's face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!

Show Choir 

Annalee Warrensford/Kate Burns  

All

Find your “Glee!” This class will cover a variety of vocal music styles from pop and R&B to country. Also covered will be vocal technique and the proper way to use your voice. The class will focus on the art of the group performance. Noontime show and Festival Day performances.

Swimming Lessons

Sarah Hardin

All

Red Cross swim instruction. Campers will be tested during the first week of camp for placement in the appropriate level. The Staff has certification for all levels.

Technical Theater (Periods 5 and 6) 

Evan Kelly

Grades 7-11

Join the Tech Team! Students will learn the ins and outs of backstage running crews. Topics will include stage management, rigging, rope work, plotting scene changes, and backstage safety. Students will assist backstage during the final performance week as running crews for the performances, as well as daily with Noontime shows. This is the class for all those who want to learn the tricks of the theatre ninja. Sneakers or closed shoes (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 10

Woodworking  

Jeffrey Bartsch

All

Do you want to build, sculpt, or carve? Do you like to use tools? Do you want to learn how? Would you like to make a table, a bird house, a chair, a chest, a ladder for your treehouse (or something that you have only imagined until now). How about a totem pole? Or a sculpture? All classes are open to any skill level, any age. Sneakers or a closed shoe (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 8

Period 6

ACT/TUNES Company (Periods 5 and 6)

Carly Evans/ John Eldridge  

Grades 9-11

Into The Woods

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Stephen Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.

Audition Techniques

Sharon Bisantz

Grades 6-11

This class will focus on how to prepare for an audition. Students will be musically and dramatically coached on songs and monologues they have selected to use for auditions. The class will also discuss what to look for when selecting repertoire and how to interpret a 16 bar cut of a song.

Ceramics 

Michele MacKenzie

Grades 4-6

Students will learn to create both functional pots and ceramic sculpture. All major handbuilding techniques will be taught. Projects will challenge the imagination, and stretch your ability to think creatively. All work will be kiln-fired and glazed. Prepare to learn, have fun, and get your hands dirty!

Clowning/Masks 

Matia Emsllem  

Grades 6-11

This class gives a taste of different kinds of clowning and masks from around the world! We will be playing all kinds of character games, and creating our very own original characters and clowns. We will learn various routines that stem from Italian Commedia Dell’Arte work, which involve hat tricks and three-clown routines. The various stock characters found in Commedia Dell’Arte are also found in famous threesomes such as the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges, so we will do our own riffs off of their work. We will explore clowning physicality with fake falls and all kinds of summersaults. We will also take a look at the clowning work done by Bill Irwin, and play with some of his routines as well. Then we will travel to Bali where we will learn about the different masks that come from there and even play with some hand-made wooden Balinese clown noses. Through learning about the Balinese masks, we will design our own masks that we will then paint and create our own routines with.

Gymnastics – Beginning

Sydney Callahan 

Grades 4-6

Come have fun while learning basic tumbling and dance skills! No prior experience necessary!

Hip Hop Dance

Katie Bartelson   

Grades 4-6

Get ready to get your funk on and explore the latest and coolest hip-hop moves in this class! 

Lego Maniacs 

Jimmy Roach  

All

Ever wanted to build your own world? We will create models of real-life vehicles and landmarks as well as our own architectural wonders. We will also invent characters and stories for the people and things that live in our worlds.

Make-Up

Kelly Lopez 

All

You will earn to create, design and apply make-up for the stage or just for fun, covering techniques from aging, glamour, fantasy, to the most outlandish special effects. Campers in this class have the opportunity to do make-up for evening stage productions during the final week of MSSA. [Lab Fee: $60.00 for performance make-up kit]

Marionettes (2 and 3 weeks ONLY)

Rachelle Vachon

Grades 6-11

Create your very own marionette from a design that you create. Construction will include paper maché, painting, stuffing, sewing, and stringing your puppet. In addition, consider the prospect of writing a play with the other participants where the string puppets would make a grand appearance for the campers.

News Flash! 

Yih-Jen Ku

All

Wassup around camp? It’s up to you to uncover the latest news and report it in the camp newspaper. Write! Observe! Inform! Snoop! Entertain! Come be a reporter for Backstage Beat, sports, CIT surveys, exclusive interviews, opinion pieces, movie reviews, and much more. Work independently or team up to write an article with a friend. At the end of each week, your terrific newspaper is distributed at camp and uploaded to the MSSA web site for all to enjoy.

Photoshop 

Kate Bolster-Houghton 

Grades 6-11

Learn the basics of Photoshop or master the skills you already have.

Spotlight Players (Periods 5 and 6; 3-Week Session ONLY)

Alyson Brown/Steve Bergman

Grades 4-11

The Wizard of Oz

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Based on the classic MGM Movie! Put a smile on everyone's face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!

Stop Motion Animation 

Nina Araujo

Grades 6-11

Do you love to draw, paint, build scenes, tell stories, and take pictures? Then this class is for you! Stop Motion Animation brings all of those skills together and lets you put any image in motion – from 2D projects to 3D using your own characters and landscapes. We will start this class by making flipbooks, but if you have done this before, jump right in! We will use claymation, pop-up paper scenes, Lego animation, and even ourselves! Never animated before? Welcome aboard!

Story Into Play 

Grace Woodford   

Grades 4-6 

Let’s put on a play! This class gives you the opportunity by using simple staging, as well as basic props and costume pieces. Do you have a favorite story or book you would like to turn into a play?

Strike up the Band! 

Paul Benzaquin/Tom Grandprey 

All

This class is the chance for musicians to work together to create the MSSA house band! We will explore a variety of music genre’s including improvisation, an opportunity to jam with other musicians. The band will perform at a Noontime Show and Festival Day!

Tap – Dance  

Ryan Casey

Grades 7-11

Learn the basics of the only dance style "Made in America." We'll use classical, swing and modern music to accompany our learning of the basic steps, as well as, for routines. No experience required. Performance: Festival Day [Required: tap shoes, comfortable clothing]

Technical Theater (cont. from Period 5)  

Evan Kelly  

Grades 7-11

Join the “Techie Team!” Students will learn the ins and outs of backstage running crews. Topics will include stage management, rigging, rope work, plotting scene changes, and backstage safety. Students will assist backstage during the final performance week as running crews for the performances, as well as daily with Noontime shows. This is the class for all those who want to learn the tricks of the theatre ninja. Sneakers or closed shoes (toe & heel enclosed) must be worn. Class limit 10

Water Nonsense 

Sarah Hardin 

All

Chill out and have some fun in the pool at the end of the day. Play water games, splash around and have a great time at the pool! 

Woodworking