Theatre Camp Programs

Theatre Summer Camp

For 2020, we are offering four 2-week sessions during July and August for campers aged 5-14.

Click here to read important updates on changes to and the status of Act One's Theatre Summer Camp program for 2020.
Last updates July 31, 2020

 

 

Ages 8-14 0 spots 10 days

Session I
Cancelled due to COVID-19

 

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Ages 8-14 0 spots 10 days

Session II
Cancelled due to COVID-19

 

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Ages 8-14 16 spots 9 days

Session III (Is being offerred)
August 4th to 14th

 

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Ages 8-14 16 spots 10 days

Session IV(Is being offerred)
August 17th to 28th

 

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Check out some of our summer campers' work....

2017 Year end Vidoe Trailer

2019 Theatre Summer Camp - Session IV

On Camera Short film project

Summer Camper Short Film

Summer Camp Short Film

2017 Theatre Summer Camp - Session I

2017 Summer camp Session Trailer

Summer Camper Short Film

About Act One's Theatre Summer Camps 

Open to children ages 5 to 14 years old (as of August 31st, 2020), our theatre  camp sessions run Monday to Friday from 9:00am in the morning until 4:30pm in the afternoon. Currently we are located at the Greenwood Community Centre, situated in Greenwood Park, in the Hamlet of Greenwood, just east of Brock Road and Highway 7, in Pickering. Campers are bussed from the school at 9:00am, to Greenwood, where they spend a fun and activity-filled day, returning by bus to the school for 4:30pm, to await pick-up.

Each Summer Theatre Camp session is planned with the objective of ensuring a balanced mix of games and activities, all within a theatrical and drama framework. Over the course of the two weeks, campers will make new friends, re-discover old ones, be introduced to many of the basic theatrical elements of story-telling, acting, performing in public, the history of theatre, puppetry and mask, and much more.

Throughout it all, our counsellors do not loose sight of the fact that summer is meant to be enjoyed. Campers can anticipate many familiar and new games, challenges, theme days and perhaps the occaisional water fight or two (where many a counsellor has been known to end up on the wrong end of a student's water balloon). Act One is committed to making each session a memorable and rewarding experience for all involved: counsellors, parents and most importantly, the campers.


Here's What We Offer Compared To Other Theatre Summer Camps.......

One of the biggest challenges many families face is to find a program that is a good fit for the interested camper. We hope the list below is helpful in determining if Act One might be a positive option for you. Please note this is only a partial list of all we offer. Feel free to contact the school if more infomration would be useful.

Over 25 Years Experience

Act One has had the priviledge of helping over 2,800 young campers explore drama and discover their own inner "performer". We have used this long term experience to fashion and refine a unique summer theatrical program for ages 5-14.

Maximum 5:1 Camper To Staff Ratio

With many campers trying drama for the first time, it can initially be an intimidating experience for them. We keep our ratio low so that our staff have all the flexibility they need to spend one-on-one time with any campers who made need a little extra personal attention and encouragement.

All Counsellors Have A Minimum Of One Year University/College Drama Training

With the added maturity and knowledge that post-secondary training and live performance experience provide, this allows our camp staff the opportunity to let campers explore drama at a much deeper level than most camps. They are also equipped with greater life skills to help campers with any personal needs.

Age-Relevant Groups of Maximum 3 Years Age Difference

Campers' confidence, learning and creativity is impacted greatly by their interaction with fellow campers. Our camp structure ensures that all campers spend the majority of their time with campers of their own age.

Campers Create Their Own Performance Material

Act One believes that what young performers have to say is important. We want them to be able to tell the stories that are important to them, not just be slotted into pre-packaged plays.

Campers Perform On A Fully Equipped Theatrical Stage

We believe it is important to the drama experience for campers to have the ability to perform in a true theatrical setting. All camp performances take place on Act One's fully-equipped theatrical stage.

Focus on Helping Campers Challenge Themselves

In any session, we will have campers of widely varying drama experience and interests. Our program is designed to allow our staff to help each camper fashion a personal performance experience that they find both comfortable and challenging.

Improvisation Workshops For Ccmpers Aged 10+

Part of our camp philosophy is to provide campers with opportunities to grow and expand their drama understanding and skills. A component of this is age-specific instruction. Campers 10+ take part in a half-day Improv workshop during the first week of the camp.

Campers Aged 12+ Create Both A Play AND A Short Film

As part of the age-focused format, the senior campers (aged 12+) have the opportunity to write and shoot their own short film project during their session. Their film is screened during the camper show on the final Friday.

Campers Have Access To Both Indoor AND Outdoor Activities

Act One believes it is important that campers not be stuck indoors for the full two weeks. Our camp location allows for both indoor and outdoor activities based on weather-permitting and camper wishes.

All Sessions Photographed And Videotaped For Camper And Family Enjoyment And Memories

Camp is partly about creating memories and enjoying the experience. We photograph all sessions and film the campers' performances so that they can look back on their time here and families can sit back and enjoy watching their children perform, without having to worry about looking through viewfinders, etc.

Balanced Mix of Theatrical "Fun & Games" And Structured Drama Learning

Act One maintains a strong educational focus in all its programs, but also realizes that summer should be "fun". Each year our staff fashion a program that draws on the camp "culture" and traditions but that also shakes things up a bit so that there is always something new each year.

Flexible, Low-Cost Early Drop-off / Late Pick-up Options

For families with less flexible work schedules, we offer early drop-off from 7:30am and late pick-up until 6pm. There is no requirement to pre-arrange and campers simply pay based on actual use, at a rate of $5.00/hr per family (not individual camper).

Early Registration Discount

There is no requirement for advance payment for Act One camps, but for those families who do pay early, we offer a 5% Early Registration discount if payment is received in full by the applicable deadline. Important Note: For 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have pushed the Early Registration discount deadline back to May 31st (for Sessions I and II) and June 39th (for Sessions III and IV).

No Questions Asked Withdrawal/Refund Policy

If at any point during the period from registration payment to end of the session, a camper has to withdraw, we simply pro-rate fees based on the withdrawal details and settle up to that point. If a camper has pre-paid, we will refund any outstanding credit portion.

No Charge For Camp Show Audiences / No Minimum Ticket Sale Requirements

Act One believes in full upfront pricing. Our upfront camp fee is inclusive of all camp activities. There are no mid-session incidental fees, admission charges or ticket sales requirements, etc.

Referral Discounts Available

Any time an existing Act One camper refers a new camper to any Act One camp session, both the referring and newly referred campers each receive a 5% discount off their camp fees for one session. Referral discounts are both cumulative and retroactive.

Summer Campers Receive Discounts If Attending Act One Classes

Any camper who has also attended at least one term of Act One classes or a summer/March Break camp session in the preceeding three years will receive a 5% discount off all camp fees. These are cumulative with most other Act One discounts.

Act One 2020 Theatre Summer Camp Fee Schedule
Note: Please add 13% HST
Session Length Dates Fee
Session I 10 days July 6th to July 17th $460.00+Tax
Session II 10 Days July 20th to July 31st $460.00+Tax
Session III 9 Days August 4th to August 14th $414.00+Tax
Session IV 10 Days August 17th to August 28th $460.00+Tax
Notes:
[1]. No camp on Monday, August 3rd due to August Civiv holiday.
[2]. One week sessions can be arranged (50% of 10-day fee).
[3]. Under Province of Ontario Tax Law camp fees are subject to 13% HST.
Discounts Available:
[1]. 5% discount for returning 2019 Act One Summer campers.
[2]. 5% discount for 2020 Act One March Break campers.
[3]. 5% discount for 2019/20 Act One students.
[4]. 5% discount for second and each additional member of the same family.
[5]. 5% discount for any camper taking multiple sessions.
[6]. 5% referral discount for any new camper referred by exisiting camper.
The discount is applied to both referring and referred campers.
Important COVID-19 Update:

[1]. Please note that due to the COVID-19 uncertainty, Act One is extending the 5% Early Registration discount
deadline to May 31st (for Session I and II) and June 30th (for Sessions III amd IV) for any campers who still
wish to register early to secure their spot in one of our sessions.

Summer Camp Registration

Act One's registration process is a simple one that takes about two minutes. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours indicating we have received and processed your registration. Please note that you can register one camper for multiple sessions in one form submission. For families registering multiple campers, please submit one form for each child.

Registration Notes:

  1. Payment Policy: Act One does not require advance payment. Camp fees are due no later than the day before the session is scheduled to begin. For those who do pay early, please note that our 5% Early Registration discount may apply.
  2. The only time Act One may ask for an advance deposit is when a session is full. In that case, we may require an advance deposit of up to $200.00 to maintain a registered spot in the session.
  3. Act One No Questions Withdrawal/Refund Policy: If at any point during the period from registration payment to end of the session, a camper has to withdraw, for any reason, we simply pro-rate fees based on the withdrawal details and settle up to that point. If a camper has pre-paid, we will refund any outstanding credit portion.
  4. Act One Referral Policy: Any time an existing Act One camper refers a new camper to any Act One camp session, both the referring and newly referred camper each receive a 5% discount off their camp fees for one session. Referral discounts are both cumulative and retroactive.

March Break Theatre Camp

Information on the 2021 camp will be posted in late 2020.

Ages 6-13 24 spots 5 Days

March Break Theatre Camp

Act One will once again be offering its March Break Theatre Camp in March 2021 during the DDSB March Break week. More information will be posted in late 2020.

Registration Opens December/20

Act One 2021 March Break Theatre Camp Fee Schedule
Note: Please add 13% HST
Session Length Dates Fee
March Break 5 days July 6th to July 17th TBA
Notes:
[1]. Under Province of Ontario Tax Law camp fees are subject to 13% HST.
Discounts Available:
[1]. 5% discount for returning 2020 Act One March Break campers.
[2]. 5% discount for 2020 Act One Summer Theatre campers.
[3]. 5% discount for 2020/21 Act One students.
[4]. 5% discount for second and each additional member of the same family.
[5]. 5% referral discoutn for any new camper referred by exisiting camper.
The discount is applied to both referring and referred campers.

Check out some of our March Break campers' creativity....

2017 Year end Vidoe Trailer

2019 March Break Theatre Camp Trailer

On Camera Short film project

2018 March Break Theatre Camp Trailer

Act One's March Break Theatre Camp....... 

Our March Break Theatre Camp is planned with the objective of ensuring a balanced mix of fun and games along with creative and challenging activities, all within a theatrical and drama focus. Over the course of the week, campers will experience and enjoy a variety of theatre games, in both small and large group settings that will help them discover new aspects of drama, as well as providing hours of memorable fun. We maintain a flexible camp program to allow staff to adjust the week's activities to the experience levels and interests of the participating campers; whether returning "veterans" or those attending for their first time. Throughout it all, our counsellors do not loose sight of the fact that March Break is meant to be enjoyed. Campers can anticipate many familiar and new games and creative challenges, all being capped off by their session show performances on the Friday afternoon.


A few notes about our March Break Theatre Camp.......

In general, our March break Theatre Camp offers much the same as our summer program, only in a scaled down version over 5 days instead of 10. Due to the short time span we unfortunately cannot offer the short film and Improv components however.

Maximum 5:1 Camper To Staff Ratio

March Break is a time when many campers try drama for the first time. It can be an intimidating experience for them. We keep our ratio low so that our staff have all the flexibility they need to spend one-on-one time with any campers who made need a little added support and encouragement.

Age-Relevant Groups of Maximum 3 Years Age Difference

Campers' confidence, learning and creativity is impacted greatly by their interaction with fellow campers. Our camp structure ensures that all campers spend the majority of their time with others of their own age.

Campers Perform On Fully Equipped Theatrical Stage

We believe it is important to the drama experiecne for campers to have the ability to perform in a true theatrical setting. All camp performances take place on Act One's fully-equipped theatrical stage.

Campers Create Their Own Performance Material

Act One believes that what young performers have to say is important. We wnat them to be able to tell the stories that are important to them, not jsut be slotted into pre-packaged plays.

Focus on Helping Campers Challenge Themselves

We often have campers of widely varying drama experience and interests. Our program is deisgned to allow our staff to help each camper fashion a personal performance experience that they find both comfortable and challenging.

Campers Have Access To Both Indoor AND Outdoor Activities

Act One believes it is important that campers not be stuck indoors for the entire week. Our camp allows for both indoor and outdoor activities based on weather-permitting and camper wishes.

Camp Session Photographed And Videotaped For Camper And Family Enjoyment And Memories

Camp is partly about creating memories and enjoying the experience. We photograph and film the camper's daily activities and performances so that they can look back on their time here and families can sit back and watch their children perform, rather than worry about looking through viewfinders, etc.

Balanced Mix of Theatrical "Fun & Games" And Structured Drama Learning

Act One maintains a strong educational focus in all its programs, but also realizes that camps should be "fun". Our March Breal camp program is designed to draw on our camp's "culture" and traditions, but to also shake things up so that there is always something new to experience each year.

Flexible, Low-Cost Early Drop-off / Late Pick-up Options

For families with less flexible work schedules, we offer early drop-off from 7:30am and late pick-up until 6pm. There is no requirement to pre-arrange and campers simply pay based on actual use, at a rate of $5.00/hr per family (not individual camper).

No Charge For Camp Show Audiences / No Minimum Ticket sale Requirements

Act One believes in full upfront pricing. Our camp fee is inclusive of all camp activities. There are no incidental fees, admission charges or ticket sales requirements for the camp.

No Questions Asked Withdrawal/Refund Policy

If at any point during the period from registration payment to end of the session, a camper has to withdraw, we simply pro-rate fees based on the withdrawal details and settle up to that point. If a camper has pre-paid, we will refund any outstanding credit portion.

March Break Campers Receive Discounts If Attending Act One Classes or Summer Camps

Any campers who have also attended at least one term of Act One classes or a summer camp session in the preceeding three years will receive a 5% discount off all camp fees. These are cumulative with most other Act One discounts.

Act One 2021 March Break Theatre Camp Fee Schedule
Note: Please add 13% HST
Session Length Dates Fee
March Break 5 days TBA TBA
Notes:
[1]. Under Province of Ontario Tax Law camp fees are subject to 13% HST.
Discounts Available:
[1]. 5% discount for returning 2020 Act One March Break campers.
[2]. 5% discount for 2020 Act One Summer Theatre campers.
[3]. 5% discount for 2020/21 Act One students.
[4]. 5% discount for second and each additional member of the same family.
[5]. 5% referral discount for any new camper referred by exisiting camper.
The discount is applied to both referring and referred campers.

March Break Camp Registration

Act One's registration process is a simple one that takes about two minutes. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours indicating we have received and processed your registration. For families registering multiple campers, please submit one form for each child.

Registration Notes:

  1. Payment Policy: Act One does not require advance payment. Camp fees are due no later than the day before the session is scheduled to begin.
  2. The only time Act One may ask for an advance deposit is when the session is full. In that case, we may require an advance deposit of up to $100.00 to maintain a registered spot in the session.
  3. Act One No Questions Withdrawal/Refund Policy: If at any point during the period from registration payment to end of the session, a camper has to withdraw, for any reason, we simply pro-rate fees based on the withdrawal details and settle up to that point. If a camper has pre-paid, we will refund any outstanding credit portion.
  4. Act One Referral Policy: Any time an existing Act One camper refers a new camper to Act One"s March Break Theatre Camp, both the referring and newly referred campers each receive a 5% discount off their camp fees. Referral discounts are both cumulative and retroactive.