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Elefante Summer Music Theater

Camp Overview

Elefante Summer Musical Theater Camp offers campers training in singing, dancing, and acting, expertly taught by top industry professionals. This camp is an excellent opportunity for students entering grades K-12. Elefante Musical Theater campers include all skill levels, from beginners to Broadway performers! Each session culminates in a thrilling original performance on Friday evening in the Hauser Auditorium, supported by a live band.

Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance!

New Campers

You won’t believe how much fun you’re going to have singing, dancing, acting, and making friends and lifelong memories!

Returning Campers

Get ready for another amazing summer.

The shows will provide our campers with wonderful musical numbers to perform as they learn about great Broadway musicals from the golden age of musical theater through to the top hit shows of today, and about the brilliant men and women who have written (and are still writing) amazing music and lyrics for Broadway.

Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in the final show — a FREE Friday night performance in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. The performance features a live professional band backing the kids! Since each camp session is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!

Daily Program

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 – 9:15 Attendance, Announcements, Theater Games, and Warm-Ups
9:15-10:00 Conservatory Class – First Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:00-10:45 Conservatory Class – Second Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
10:45-11:30 Conservatory Class – Third Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-1:00 Wild Card Session
1:00-3:00 Small-Group and Full Company Rehearsals for the final show.

Morning Session

Each morning, students entering third grade and up participate in age-based class rotations where they receive structured instruction in dance, vocal performance, and acting. Students entering K through second grade participate in a morning schedule tailored specifically to their ages and attention spans.

Lunch

Here’s our opportunity to grab some fresh air and sunshine as we eat outside in Pingry’s beautiful courtyard! Campers bring bagged lunches. (We’ll eat inside in case of inclement weather).

Wildcard Session

After lunch, there’s a “wildcard” session in which we do something different each day. Past wildcards have included:

  • Master classes with Broadway, film, and TV performers
  • Visits from film, TV and Broadway casting directors
  • Audition workshops and clinics with Broadway agents and managers (some of our students were even “discovered” and signed by management as a direct result of these clinics)
  • Workshops on set design, technical direction, and costuming
  • Intensives in specialized dance styles such as hip-hop and tap
  • Acting for Film, Television, and Commercials

Afternoon Session (Performance Workshop)

The last two hours of camp is our Performance Workshop, where campers break into performance groups to rehearse for the final performance.

Age Groups

Elefante Musical Theater Camp is divided into 4 age groupings:

  • Rising Grades K – 2nd also known as “The Littles”
  • Rising Grades 3 – 5th also known as “The Elems”
  • Rising Grades 6 – 8th also known as “The Mids”
  • Rising Grades 9 – 12 (or recently graduated), also known as “The Highs”

The “Elems”, “Mids”, and “Highs” follow the morning class rotation schedule as listed below within their respective age groups, but at lunchtime and beyond, all age groups combine for wildcards, small-group rehearsals, and full company rehearsals.

“The Littles” follow their own specialized schedule, which covers acting, singing, dancing, puppetry, arts & crafts and more, but which does not adhere to a set morning rotation. “The Littles” often combine with the other age divisions and with the full company to rehearse small- and large-group numbers.

2018 Elefante Details

Campus

Basking Ridge

Dates

  • Session 1: June 24 – July 5 * no camp July 4
  • Session 2: July 8 – July 19
  • Session 3: July 22 – August 2

Costs

  • Session 1: $680
  • Session 2: $750
  • Session 3: $750

Time

9:00 – 3:00