Teacher pointing at something as kids looking in that direction.Grades 4-8

Location: Music Bldg., 0078

Experience the importance of collaboration and ensemble work and take a peek into the world of professional acting. This exciting, fun, and interactive skills-building program is based more on process than end result, and is specially designed to help young actors and performers develop self-confidence, a work ethic, and enjoyment in the performing arts. Script, scene, and musical choices are made from age-appropriate repertoire that culminates in a final group performance to showcase their program experience.



Explore together the building blocks professional performers use through daily morning classes in improvisation, movement and diction warm-ups, and relaxation techniques.


Chose one of two special tracks:

  • Concentrated Acting Skills: In-depth instruction in building a character through rehearsals for your monologue and scene!
  • Musical Theatre Skills: In-depth instruction in singing, dancing, and acting in preparation for your musical theatre scene!

Typical Day

Typical Day:

  • The program begins each day with a group warm-up
  • In the mornings students will receive instruction in Movement, Acting, Music and Improv.
  • In the afternoon students can choose a “performance track” i.e. Acting or Musical Theatre
  • Afternoons are spent enhancing skills and rehearsing for the end of session performance. Some rehearsals may also take place in the mornings and will serve as a context for further instruction.


  • Give young students with an interest in performing an experience in Acting, Music, Dance and Improv.
  • Encourage creativity to foster self-worth and self-expression and develop presence and focused work.
  • Respect for themselves, their classmates, the teacher/directors, the space and the TA’s is fostered, encouraged and supported. Self- awareness and a greater awareness of the world around them is encouraged.

Special Instructions

  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for all classes that allow for fluid movement. Flip-flops, short shorts, short skirts and dresses are not recommended. Dance shoes or sneakers are required.
  • Sweatshirts and Sweatpants are recommended for air conditioned rooms
  • Please have long hair pulled back with hair-bands, barrettes or clips
  • Refillable water bottles are recommended
  • All students will receive a folder for all printed materials

Lunch & Snack: Students eat lunch together, picnic style, with staff on campus grounds; outdoors as the weather allows.

Students should bring:

  • a healthy lunch which can be refrigerated
  • Mid-morning snack which can be refrigerated
  • Please be mindful that the healthier the food, the better their work.

Student Performance:

At the end of the two-week session, students will perform Musical Songs/ Scenes and Dances, and Acting Scenes off-book for invited family and friends. They will be asked to provide minimal costume suggestions and simple props. The performance is done without a set, sound or stage lighting in order to feature the actors’ work. The performance will showcase the students’ skills and celebrate their creative talent.

Session II: July 15–26
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,200 for the first registration
$1,080 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 10, 2019)

For a well-rounded summer, combine this program with Young Artists, Young Photographers, eSports Apprentice - YouTube© Streamers and Gamers, Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game, Young Filmmakers, Young Writers, and/or Web App Creator and Python Programmer to maximize your creative experience.

Discount for enrolling in multiple programs.

About the Instructors