2015 Summer Education Programs

2015 Summer Education Programs

Young actors from kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to explore theatrical performance through Acme Theatre Company’s summer drama camps. Acme Theatre Company is a unique theatre organization run by high-school aged students, which has been producing "serious theatre, for the fun of it" for the past 30 years.

All classes are led by high-school members of Acme Theatre Company, and supervised by adult Acme mentors. Our focus is on providing young actors with a fun, energetic theatre experience. Upon graduation from 8th grade, all students are invited to join Acme Theatre Company!


Registration will begin in mid-March via the Davis Arts Center: www.davisartscenter.org


Email us at summerprogram@acmetheatre.net with any questions you may have about our summer camps.

Puppet Potpourri

Age: 5 - 7 (Entering grades K-1)

All young children are invited to explore the creative world of drama in this fun, low-key two-week camp.  Students will explore several types of puppets including shadow puppets, finger puppets, and large puppets.  We will build our make-believe and acting skills using vocal & physical movement exercises, a Theatrical Treasure Hunt, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and a Costume Day. Our class will culminate with building our own sock-puppets, developing an original story, and performing a world-premiere puppet show at our final class session! Class fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Dates: 1:30 - 2:30pm, Monday - Friday, June 22 - July 3

Cost: $80 Davis Art Center Members, $90 Non-members

Theatre Introduction - Initial Stage

Ages: 7 - 11 (Entering grades 2-5)

Calling all young actors!  Join us for this three-week acting camp as we rehearse and perform new versions of classic folk-tales!  Explore Sherwood Forest in The True Adventures of Robin Hood, dive under the sea in The Daughter of the Sea Serpent and adventure into with wilderness with Johnny Appleseed!  Students will be guided through the acting process as we work on projection, line memorization, building characters & physical acting skills. Each student will receive a speaking role in a short play and the class will culminate in an evening performance for family and friends.

Please note: On Friday, July 10, we will have an extended rehearsal in preparation for our performance at 7pm. Class fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Dates: 1:30 - 3pm, Monday - Friday, June 22 - July 10

Cost: $170 Davis Art Center Members, $180 Non-members

Theatre Production - Awkward Stage

Age: 11-14 (Entering grades 6-8)

Avast, me hearties, the show must go on! In this four-week camp, students will rehearse and perform three takes of pirate adventure - Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Pirates vs. Ninjas. Students will be guided through the entire theatrical process - from audition to performance.  We will focus on honing acting and performance skills. In addition, students will explore set construction, lighting, and costuming. Please note: On Friday, July 17 we will have an extended rehearsal in preparation for our performance at 7pm. Performances will be held at 7pm on Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18. Class fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Dates: 1:30 - 3pm, Monday - Friday, June 22 - July 17.

Cost: $195 for Davis Art Center Members, $205 for Non-members

NEW! Madison Migrant Center Program - Migrant Stage

Now in its third year, this program aims to introduce migrant youth to the fun, challenging world of collaborative theatre creation and provide a mutual, cross-cultural learning experience for migrant youth, Acme youth and audience members alike.

Over the course of three weeks, Acme high school students partner with migrant youth (ages 8-13) to imagine, write, and rehearse an original short play. The project culminates in a bilingual performance for family, friends and the community at the Madison Migrant Center. Following the program, a field-trip is organized for the migrant youth to attend preview performance Acme’s production of Argonautika.

Interested in volunteering?  High school students with an interest in theatre, young children and social justice are encouraged to volunteer for this program.  Spanish proficiency is ideal, but not required.  For more information on volunteer training and program dates contact Camila Ortiz at madisonedu@acmetheatre.net.

Many thanks to our 2013 Madison Migrant Center Program Sponsor --- the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club!

Argonautika - Acme Theatre Company

Age:  Entering grades 9 - 12

All high school students are invited to join Acme Theatre Company.  Come set sail with Jason and the Argonauts on their epic adventures to recover the Golden Fleece in our summer production of Argonautika by Mary Zimmerman.  Everyone who auditions will be cast. Technical roles in stage management, set, costumes, props, lights, and ushering as also available! There is no participation fee.  All actors are asked to serve on 3 tech crews and assist with our summer classes for K-8 students.

Rehearsals: 3:30 - 6pm, M-F, June 15 - July 31, with extended rehearsal times on July 22-31. Performances: July 31, Aug 1, 2 & Aug 6, 7, 8, 9.

For more info on joining Acme Theatre Company, please visit www.acmetheatre.net or email director@acmetheatre.net.