Summer Camps

SUMMER THEATER CAMPS

All campers should bring a peanut-free lunch, water bottle, and afternoon snack each day. YAAL provides a refrigerator for items needing to be kept cold. If your child requires medications, asthma inhalers, or an Epi-pen during camp, please contact us after registering. A detailed welcome email will be sent to registered students prior to the start of camp.

The Secret Garden, the Musical

Ages 8 and up

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 16
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with performances on June 16th at 3 & 7pm

Director: Christina Stai
Musical Director: Hannah Lambert
Assistant: Allison Buell

Tuition: $310 (includes cast t-shirt & two complimentary show tickets)

Everyone will love this charming, upbeat adaptation of a literary classic!  Mary Lennox is sent to live in England after her parents die in India.  Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress.  Her uncle is rarely home and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he’s an incurable invalid.  Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years.  With the gardener’s apprentice, Dickon, a lad who can talk to the animals, Mary coaxes the garden back to life.  The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and a reunion with his father. 

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Show Choir Camp

Ages 10 and up

Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with a performance on the last day

Director: Christina Stai  Assisted by Lauren Hinton

Tuition: $150

Show choir camp is an opportunity to express yourself through music and dance, make new friends and learn the value of teamwork! Our goal is simply to help you become a better singer, dancer and performer. Limited to youth age 10 and up.

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Aesop’s Foibles

Ages 7 and up

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with a performance on the last day at 3pm

Director: Christina Stai
Assistants: Mary Pinnell & Zach Hamilton

Tuition: $150

Aesop’s fables have never been presented in a more hilarious and clever format, sure to entertain audiences of all ages!  Our play begins as young Aesop explains to the audience about his problem of constantly hearing annoying voices in his head, which come to life as hysterical characters onstage that only Aesop can see and hear.  With the resentful Fox, the egomaniac Hare, the sluggish Tortoise, the zen-like Grasshopper and the Aunt (yes, his mother’s sister!)  and many more, Aesop can hardly think straight, so his parents take him to the doctor.  Freaking out with frustration, Aesop wields a cane at the poor old doc, who’s bent on sending the young slave away to the loony bin.  Goddess Hera and her hen-pecked husband Zeus intervene by sending the muse Daphinity down to help Aesop take control of the characters in his head.  She convinces him that the only way to freedom is to let the characters out and share them with the world.  Prompted by his master, Aesop’s stories come alive onstage, but the master remains unimpressed until Aesop can tell him what the tales mean.  Jam-packed with clever dialogue, mad-cap action and modern, uproarious twists, Aesop’s Foibles retells the fables like you’ve never quite heard them before and offers a heart-warming surprise ending to wrap up the play the way Aesop would’ve like it…  with a meaningful moral!

THIS CAMP IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATIONS.

Stage Combat Camp

Ages 9 and up

Wednesday, July 5 – Friday, July 7
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with a demonstration for parents on the last day at 3pm

Instructor: Christina Stai

Tuition: $100

Stage combat is a specialized technique in theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers. This class will cover open unarmed, single sword, and quarter staff combat. Please note that students must be at least 9 years old in order to participate.

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The Music Man, Jr.

Ages 8 and up

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 21
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with performances on the 21st at 3 & 7pm

Director: Christina Stai
Music Director: Maddie Fanton
Assistants: Nate Mitchell & Mitch Strack

Tuition: $310 (includes t-shirt and two complimentary show tickets)

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance.  The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure?  The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

THIS CAMP IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATIONS.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ages 8 and up

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with a performance on the last day at 3pm

Director: Christina Stai

Tuition: $150

This sharp one-act adaptation of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy retains all the important plot points for a lighter, fast-moving production.  The mischievous fairies, complicated romances, bumbling actors, magic, and laughs are all here!

THIS CAMP IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATIONS.

Hard Knock High School

Ages 8 and up

Monday, July 31 – Friday, Aug 11
9:30am – 3:30pm each day with performances on the 11th at 3 & 7pm

Director: Christina Stai

Tuition: $310 (includes t-shirt and two complimentary show tickets)

This director-led show is a mashup of High School Musical and Annie! The script will be written entirely based on the students’ individual characteristics and with their input each day of camp. Join us for this fun and unique adventure!

THIS CAMP IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION.

"To be an actor you have to be a child." — Paul Newman