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Summer Performing Arts Camp | England UK | York

This Summer Performing Arts Camp has been carefully designed to improve individual performance, encourage teamwork and is suitable for enthusiastic participants of all abilities.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17
" This has been the best camp ever and a truly incredible summer for me. I loved being in the Performing Arts camp and taking part in the final show, it was an amazing experience! "

Programme Overview

Lights, camera, action! The skills, talents and aspirations of campers are quickly assessed and goals set. At this Summer Camp aspiring actors, singers and dancers will all improve their skill levels and, at the same time, work closely with the other performing arts disciplines. This consistently successful programme will be directed by a highly experienced team. We draw from drama and production specialists, singing teachers, musician and a dance coach.

During the first few days of camp, ideas are discussed and the campers, working with the teaching team, agree on a basic theme, setting the scene for the much anticipated end-of-session theatre production. The team works on developing the skills and individual talents of all the Performing Arts campers, encouraging them to acquire new skills from the other disciplines. The young performers, ranging from enthusiastic beginners to those with more experience, are shaped into a team with everyone participating. Actors, actresses, singers and dancers - all have the chance to shine and step into the spotlight. Working closely with knowledgeable, professional specialists, campers learn about some of the inner workings of theatre production, with an introduction to stagecraft, stage production, scenery, make-up, costuming, the role of humour and voice projection. The rehearsals take place in the College Theatre with its large stage, rehearsal rooms, storage for props, professional lighting and impressive acoustics. The main theatre is air-conditioned with over 300 seats for the all-camp audience.

Centre-Stage for One and All!

Without doubt, the highlight of the Summer Performing Arts Camp is the final, stage production of the original concept, created by the campers themselves in the first few days. The cast show their individual and combined talents with the entire camp present as a vocal and appreciative audience. Parents too are welcomed to this final night Gala Theatre Presentation but, in any event, a professionally shot DVD of the performance is sent to each participant.

Excursion - Visit to a professional theatre production

The Performing Arts group travel by coach to a theatre in York, Leeds or Sheffield to see a professional stage show – usually a well-known ‘Musical’ – a real highlight!


A suite of on-campus private rooms and the stage of the theatre itself are available for rehearsals with all the important specialist equipment and facilities. The actual Gala Performance takes place at the impressive on-campus theatre with is state-of-the-art professional facilities - a spacious stage, full stage lighting, sound projection and an orchestra pit. The entire camp and staff, sometimes with parents present, provide an enthusiastic audience.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre and a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York with time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Page".

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