Elefante Musical Theater Camp
Camp at a Glance
Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance! This super-popular performing arts camp is for students entering grades K-12. Elefante Musical Theater campers include all skill levels, from beginners to Broadway performers — literally!
Camp is held at the incredibly spacious, state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal facilities at The Pingry School’s upper school campus (131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge)!
Returning campers: get ready for another amazing summer. New campers: you won’t believe how much fun you’re going to have singing, dancing, acting, and making friends and lifelong memories! Summer 2020’s theme is “They Write the Songs”. The theme will provide our campers with wonderful musical numbers to perform as they learned about great Broadway musicals from the golden age of musical theater through to the top hit shows of today. This year’s theme will shine a particular spotlight on female composers and lyricists who have written (and are still writing) amazing music and lyrics for Broadway.
Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in a different, original show — a FREE Friday night performance (7:00pm) in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. The show is a multi-act theatrical revue highlighting the talents of all of our campers. It features a live professional band backing the performers!
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 – Campers bring their own nut-free, bagged lunches, which they enjoy in Pingry’s beautiful indoor dining area.
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 “Broadway Melodies!” performance.
Elefante Musical Theater Camp is divided into 4 age groupings:
Entering Grades K – 1st also known as “The Littles”
Entering Grades 2 – 4th also known as “The Elems”
Entering Grades 5 – 7th also known as “The Mids”
Entering Grades 8 – 12 (or recently graduated), also known as “The Highs”
The “Elems”, “Mids”, and “Highs” follow the above-listed morning class rotations 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, as “The Littles” are prominently featured in the “Broadway Meolodies!” performance.
|Session 1||Jun 29- Jul 10 (no camp Jul 4)||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|Session 2||Jul 13 – 24||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|Session 3||Jul 27 – Aug 7||9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
Before and After Care Available
Early Bird Discount: Register for all 3 sessions, and receive a $100 discount for the summer.
Early Bird Discount
Early Bird Discount: Register by March 1st, 2020, and receive a $50 discount per session.
Taking advantage of both the Full-Summer and the Early Bird discount would result in a total savings of $250 per student!
- This performing arts camp is directed by music teacher, Joe Elefante, who has several years experience as a conductor and musician on Broadway.
Not provided; bring your own lunch. Nut-free items only please.