We currently offer a theater day-camp that runs for the month of July for two different age groups:
SUMMER STARS | Campers entering grades 7 through 10
CARPE DIEM KIDS | Campers entering grades 2 through 6
Our SUMMER STARS and CARPE DIEM KIDS rehearse separately for the first three weeks of camp. In addition to rehearsing their mainstage productions, they are offered opportunities for cabaret performances and theater master classes. The final week of camp, tech week, brings all of our campers together to collaborate, along with our COUNSELORS, to produce their shows in tandem. It is this collaboration that has made the bonds of our Carpe Diem Family so strong for the last 10 years.
Our summer camp is hosted in the historic Round Lake Auditorium, in Round Lake, NY. This intensive four week program teaches children the basics of theatre through daily rehearsals, theatre games, master classes, and final performances that are sure to impress audience members young and old.
For the first three weeks of camp, the SUMMER STARS meet Monday through Wednesday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm and perform a 60-minute MTI Junior show at the end of our fourth week which runs Monday through Friday. As an added opportunity, SUMMER STARS are encouraged to prepare solo numbers to sing at our Carpe Diem Cabaret in the third week of camp.
The CARPE DIEM KIDS meet Thursday and Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm for the first three weeks of camp and present a 30-minute production of a Musical Theatre International (MTI) Kids show at the end of our fourth week which runs Monday through Friday. The CARPE DIEM KIDS perform a group number at our Carpe Diem Cabaret.
Camp will run July 5-July 31, 2021. More details will become available after further consulting with the Village of Round Lake and New York State in regards to pandemic protocol.
ROOTS is free and open to the public. Registration will begin in May of 2021. Whether you've been a part of Carpe Diem before or not, our visiting teaching artists look forward to honing your gifts in the arts, both on and off the stage.
Daniel and Patrick Lazour, the creators of 'We Live in Cairo' (American Repertory Theater) kick off our series with two sessions, in which attendees will begin working on writing songs of their own and learn more about social justice in theater.
Having returned from several international tours, D'Nasya Jordan will share her vocal expertise in a variety of genres during her master class, followed by a concert of milestones in Black Broadway history.
Actor, singer, dancer, musician and self proclaimed edgy earth mother Chloe Kostman will discuss multiple paths to pursuing the arts professionally before rounding out our series by finishing our songwriting work and sharing creations of her own.
In 1868, Round Lake, NY began as a “camp meeting” town, with as many as 20,000 gathering to hear rousing summer sermons. By the late 1800s, the town evolved into a Chautauqua-styled educational resort, complete with hotels, museums, and lecture halls.
Its literal and figurative center was the Auditorium. From a rough platform in a tree grove, it grew to an open-sided building with canvas flaps, and, in 1912, to the glass-enclosed pavilion we see today. Falling into ruin by the 1950s and nearly bulldozed, the Auditorium is now lovingly restored with modern amenities, creating a cultural venue of rustic architectural beauty.
The Auditorium’s crown jewel is a Gothic Revival-cased Tracker organ. Built in 1847 and moved to Round Lake in 1888, the 1900-pipe organ is the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States, and currently under consideration for National Landmark status.
The Round Lake Auditorium continues its summer tradition with a full range of cultural offerings. Concerts, performances, art shows, and social activities grace the 450-seat space, from June through August. Intimate in ambience but large enough to attract significant programming, the Auditorium is a unique, historic backdrop for any event… and a worthwhile stop on any Capital Region tour.
The above historic information is from the Round Lake Auditorium website which we encourage you to visit. This website will provide you with information about their summer season and allow you to see other performances at this incredible venue.
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