Acting Manitou’s teaching staff includes directors, choreographers, designers, vocal coaches, actors, and teachers from New York City, Washington DC, Boston and Chicago. Our teaching staff is a combination of theater professionals and full-time educators. Acting Manitou teachers focus on the skill development of every individual camper. Our teachers blend compassion for our campers, passion for their craft, and an understanding of the value of hard work and dedication. Classes typically take place in the morning from 9:30am-12noon. Classes occur on a rotation cycle and include:
A scene study in which campers explore scenes by contemporary and classical playwrights, while focusing on skills like physical movement, character voice, character psychology, and character relationships. Playwrights studied have included Christopher Durang, William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, David Ives, Bertolt Brecht, Carlo Gozzi, Sarah Ruhl, and Paula Vogel.
Campers sign-up for classes, such as Playwriting, Directing, Shakespeare, Musical Theater Song and Dance, Comedy Improvisation, Choreography, Devising Social Issues, and Physical and Sketch Comedy. Not to worry if you do not receive your top elective choice in round 1, another round of electives starts at week 2!
Introduction to Design (TECH CAMPERS ONLY)
During the five periods of this class, tech campers will spend one session studying the fundamentals of the following elements of production design: Set, Lights, Costume, Sound and Stage Management (not a design element, but an essential component of technical theater).
A hands-on sign up activity, focusing on one aspect of backstage theater production: Sets, Lights, Costumes, Props, Hair & Make-Up, Sound, and Publicity. Campers study with one of our skilled production teachers, while helping to build and create pieces and elements for our shows.
In between lunch and rehearsals (12:30pm-1:30pm), campers take advantage of downtime by playing basketball, soccer, Frisbee, or capture the flag. Campers participate in many camp-specific daytime activities, such as a camp-wide ping-pong tournament and The Gotcha! challenge. This period is also our scheduled call hours, during which campers may receive check-in calls from home. As in all our periods throughout the day, campers are supervised by their bunk counselors.
After dinner, campers participate in our exciting and innovative Evening Activity program. These activities are theatrical, often team-based activities meant to encourage fun, creativity and bonding. They include Harry Potter adventure night, So You Think You Can Dance challenge, Talent Show, Make Your Own Music Video, The Horror Radio Play, a Scavenger Hunt and Student-Directed Scenes. On some nights, we head into town for the movies and a stop at world famous Gifford’s ice cream.
Mid-way through each session, Acting Manitou takes a break from rehearsal and buses off-campus for a day of hiking and a nighttime performance. Campers go to the most beautiful areas in Maine. Recent Day trips have included hikes and visits to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, Portland, Belfast, and Boothbay. We’ve seen amazing performances by ImprovAcadia, Maine State Music Theatre, the Stonington Opera House, and Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack Show.