Camp Madhatter 2018 - Little Shop of Hatters
This year's camp theme is "Little Shop of Hatters" which highlights exploration of selected musicals including; “”Little Shop Of Horrors”, “Annie”, “Secret Garden” “Little Women”, and “Matilda” and others.
This year's theme will focus on helping campers find relevance and awareness of their own lives, their community and their environment, and campers will have an opportunity this year to discover some environmental resources that are in their community through a camp field trip to “Green Island Preserve”.
ABOUT CAMP MADHATTER
Our children’s camp has provided exceptional artistic training and experiences for more than ten years. Up to 40 children ages 8-18 are introduced to and gain experience with theatrical tools to perform on stage: creative drama, improvisation, dance, acting, vocal technique, diction, ensemble work and character development. We provide new experiences for our campers and our community by introducing and exploring theatrical materials, plays, musicals, writers and composers.
Because of our generous sponsors and community members, no camper is ever turned away for lack of funds. Many campers return every year, and a few campers have been to drama camp for more than 10 consecutive years. The camp has become a key part of their theatrical training!
Last summer marked the 15th consecutive summer of Camp Madhatter and since 1999, and Camp Madhatter has 16 years of camp under its belt!
Every year we choose a different musical or dramatic theme from which we base our work. Some years focus on creative writing, history of theatre (Commedia Del'Arte and Vaudeville), character study or a specific theatrical writer (Victor Hugo or William Shakespeare) or musical greats (Frank Loesser who wrote “Guys And Dolls” and “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.)
We want to continue to enhance and challenge the returning campers as well as cater to the first-year campers to build their theatrical experiences. 2012 was the year of Victor Hugo and we immersed ourselves in learning about his life and focused on two of his great works: “Les Miserables” and “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.” Camp Madhatter 2013 Break A Leg explored early theatrical genres from the earliest improvised theatrical form “Commedia Dell'Arte to the history of American Vaudville and the modern Circus (i.e. Cirque de Soleil). Camp Madhatter 2015 explored the characters of “Peanuts" and learned about contemporary composers and contemporary teenage issues.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT CAMP MADHATTER
Look for information about camp in our ‘Upcoming Events’ page as camp approaches. To communicate with local students, flyers and pre-registration forms are distributed via area schools to all students. Past campers receive a mailed a registration form and they are also contacted via email, so if you are a parent of a past camper, watch for those!
Look for camp information in Wadena's Summer Rec brochure and on Madhatter's Facebook page and website, or listen to news about the camp on local radio stations.
STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Robin Jensen (www.orlandomusictheatre.com) from Orlando, FL will be returning to direct Camp Madhatter 2016. Robin grew up in Wadena and has worked with Madhatters as the Musical and Artistic Director as well as choreographer of “The Sound of Music.” Robin is currently on staff of the University of Central Florida Opera Program. (music.cah.ucf.edu/operastaff.php#jensen). She has been involved in over 1100 opera and musical theatre productions. She has developed workshops and programs for such companies and schools as Cornell University, Ithaca College, Orlando and Minnesota Opera, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Justin Edin, director of Lamp Camp and “Ghost of a Chance”, has been the assistant director and improvisational coach. Recently, Justin returned to Camp for his 15th year and contributed his talents, humor and positive attitude that always makes Camp so much fun!
Deb Fitzsimmons, executive director of Camp Madhatter, has been active with Madhatters Community Theatre since 1995 and with camp beginning in 1997. She is the grant writer, sponsorship fund raiser and head of communications between staff, families and schools. You can contact Deb for information about camp throughout the year at [email protected] or through the camp face book page by ‘liking’ Wadena Madhatters.