Spotlight on Disney
Boys and girls, rising 1st through rising 2nd graders
What to bring: Water bottle, snack, wear clothes that are easy to move in. Costumes are welcome, but weapons are not allowed.
Arrival/dismissal zone: Yellow
Young actors will thrive in this exciting theater camp! Using the imaginative world of Disney, campers can explore their dramatic side and play different characters in a variety of settings. Each day of camp will center on a favorite Disney movie which we will explore using drama, song, movement, and art. They will learn theater skills like vocal control, pantomiming, creating characters, and theatrical design. Campers will also apply literacy skills like identifying the characters, setting, problem and solution. Finally, they will learn life skills like creative problem solving, confidence and teamwork.
During the camp day, we’ll warm up with theater games that help campers build specificity and creativity in how their bodies and voices can create characters. We’ll read the story of the day and begin exploring the setting or characters with different whole group activities. Then we’ll act out the story, using our imaginations to bring to life the problem and solution, and key storytelling moments. Often we’ll find ways to insert other favorite characters or imagine how a part of the story could be different. Campers will also be exposed to set, costume, and prop design through daily art projects. On Friday, families are invited to our outdoor amphitheater to watch a performance that the campers created and rehearsed together.
Also check out our Improv & Theater Games and Creative Drama for older campers!
Teacher bio: Maria O’Connor has a vast array of early childhood and theatrical experience. She has taught theater to children ages 1-21 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda for seven years, including preschool theater residencies. She also taught preschool gym, art, dance and exploration classes at the Kidville in Bethesda for eight years. She directs plays, acts, and light designs professionally. Maria received her degree in theater from Northwestern University in Chicago and grew up right here in Bethesda. She is dedicated to praising the strengths and nurturing growth potential in each child, cultivating creativity, and doing her part to foster a future generation of compassionate, collaborative innovators.
Fun fact: Maria has played Ultimate Frisbee for twelve years, including on a nationally ranked college club team.