2024 Summer Camps

Summer Camp Information

Miners Alley offers summer camps and programs for students ages 7-18. Led by professional teaching artists with years of experience in theatre and education, students collaborate and communicate to create original work and to stage sensational performances. Registration opens Wednesday, January 17th at noon.

We offer two kinds of elementary camps for ages 7-12, described in more detail below. Our “Summer Storytelling” camps focus on teaching voice, movement, and acting skills to children as they work on existing scripts. Our “Create Your Own Story” camps offer students collaborative creation opportunities as they write and perform brand-new plays. 

 

New in 2024: our three-week Creative Intensive program for ages 13-18!

This three-week program will have three tracks: for young filmmakers and creative writers of stage and screen, for young performers, and for students interested in theatre design and technology.

Watch this space for information on our Future Festival, coming June 28-29! It will feature the work of the young artists in our Creative Intensive program.

Questions? Please email our Director of Education, Heather Beasley, at: heather@minersalley.com.

Summer 2024 Elementary Camp Sessions

Our camps for students ages 7-12 run Monday through Friday each week, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Optional extended care is available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for a cost of $55 per child per week.) Each camp week has spots available for children ages 7-9 and 10-12. Students will begin and end the camp day as a large group, then work in small groups with their peers to work on their scripts and develop performance skills.

Camp Location: All elementary camps willl take place at Calvary Church, 1320 Arapahoe Street in Golden.

Camp Food: All students are asked to bring their own packed lunches, a morning snack, and a water bottle. If we have students in a given camp week with severe allergies, we may request that lunches and snacks be nut-free, and we will notify families in advance of the camp.

Age Requirement: Students must be at least 7 years of age, and not yet 13 years of age, as of the first day of the camp for which they are registered.

Registration forms: Our camps fill quickly and have limited enrollment. Once a camp has filled for an age group, please email our Director of Education, Heather Beasley, to be put on a waitlist at: heather@minersalley.com.

June 2024: Summer Storytelling

Our June camps offer young people opportunities to rehearse and perform in scripted plays, directed and coached by our amazing teaching artists. Each week has a theme for students to explore and enjoy as they develop voice, movement, and acting skills. Each camp week ends on Friday afternoon with a performance for friends and families of the three short plays students have been working on all week!

Week 1: Fables & Fairy Tales

Dates: Monday, June 3-Friday, June 7
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 6/7 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

All age groups are sold out for this camp!

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

Week 2: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Dates: Monday, June 10-Friday, June 14
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 6/14 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

7-9 age group: three spots still available (updated 5/22)

10-12 age group: sold out for this camp

Please contact heather@minersalley.com to be added to the waitlist.

Week 3: Nature Myths & Legends

Dates: Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 6/21 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

All age groups are sold out for this camp!

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

Week 4: Explorers & Inventions

Dates: Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 6/28 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

All age groups are sold out for this camp!

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

July 2024: CREATE YOUR OWN STORY

Our July camps will offer opportunities for theatrical exploration and creative collaboration. Students will write and perform their own plays in small groups, guided by teaching artists experienced in storytelling and performance. Each week has a broad theme that ties the short plays together. Campers will also play theatre games, try improv activities, learn physical and vocal warm-ups, and work on developing their acting skills. Each week ends with a Friday afternoon performance of the three short plays students have worked together to create!

Week 5: Histories, Mysteries

Dates: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 7/12 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

7-9 age group: four spots still available (updated 5/22)

10-12 age group: sold out for this camp

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

Week 6: Out of This World!

Dates: Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 7/19 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

All age groups are sold out for this camp!

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

Week 7: Magical Mayhem

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 7/26 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

All age groups are sold out for this camp!

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

Week 8: CAMPFIRE TALES

Dates: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2
Times: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Camp performance: Friday 8/2 at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $375

7-9 age group: sold out for this camp

10-12 age group: six spots still available (updated 5/22)

Please email heather@minersalley.com to be put on a waitlist.

CREATIVE INTENSIVE PROGRAM

For EMERGING artists ages 13-18
Future Festival Dates: June 28-29, 2024

This program is for aspiring filmmakers and creative writers of stage and screen, for student performers, and for students interested in theatre design and technology. Camp dates are June 10-29, 2024. The Creative Intensive will end in a Future Festival of original short films and plays created and performed by the program participants, with showings on Friday 6/28 and Saturday 6/29. Festival passes will go on sale in early June.

The Creative Intensive willl take place at Miners Alley Performing Arts Center, 1100 Miners Alley in Golden. Students are asked to bring their own packed lunches and snacks, and a water bottle.

The application deadline for this program has passed for 2024.

Creative Intensive

Dates: Program runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, Monday, June 10-Friday, June 28th;
Future Festival showings and performances will be Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th.

Cost: $1100
Need-based scholarships are available for up to 90% of program tuition.

Program structure:
The Creatives Track is for students seeking to gain practical skills in camera usage, film editing, screen writing, playwriting, and producing for the stage. Students on this track will write and produce the original short plays and films that the performers and tech and design students will collaborate to create in weeks 2 and 3 of the camp. (Creators will have a chance to choose between the focus areas of screenwriting/ cinematography and playwriting/ stage production.)
The Performers Track is for students interested in acting for the camera and for the stage. Classes in stage and camera acting will be the focus of week 1. In weeks 2 and 3, performers will rehearse and perform in original short plays and films written by students on the Creatives Track with design and technical elements created by students on the Tech & Design Track.
The Tech and Design Track is for students seeking experiences in the subfields of stage design (set, lighting, sound, costume, and props), and an introduction to production management including budgeting and scheduling. Students will take classes in design and stage and production management in week 1, then gain design and technical experience by working collaboratively with the Creatives and Performers on stage and screen projects in weeks 2 and 3.

Program schedule:
The Creative Intensive will meet Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The culminating Future Festival performances will be scheduled on Friday evening 6/28 and Saturday afternoon 6/29; the Saturday schedule will conclude by 5 p.m. All program participants are required to be on-site throughout the Future Festival.

Program application process:
Applying students will be asked to rank their choices between the program’s three tracks, so that we can best match students’ interests with our instructional and program resources.
Need-based scholarships are available, which cover up to 90% of program tuition.

Timeline for program decisions:
-Interested students should apply by March 15, 2024. (Extended-deadline applications are due April 5, 2024.)
-Accepted students will be notified the week of March 25th, and scholarship decisions will be communicated with acceptance. (Extended-deadline applicants will receive notifications no later than April 10, 2024.)
-A deposit will be required by April 15, 2024 from accepted students to hold your spot in the program.
-Students on the waitlist will be notified the week of April 22nd if spots have opened up.
-Full payment of the tuition balance is due by May 15, 2024.

Program instruction:
The Creative Intensive will be led by a six-member team of teaching artists, including filmmakers, playwrights, actors, directors, and designers. These artists will bring their expertise into the classroom and production spaces, so that the participants have an opportunity to work beside and learn from working professionals.  Visiting guest artists will share their experiences working in the fields of theatrical and film production, onstage and backstage, on screen and behind the camera.