Goodspeed Theater Academy Summer Camp

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Who Can Participate: Grades 3-8.

The camps are all-inclusive, meaning that students with IEPs and special needs are invited to attend. All skill levels are welcome, and “we specifically encourage youth who want to try the performing arts for the first time,” said Academy director Dr. Pamela Potemri.

When: July 9-August 17 from 9:00am-12:30pm. Camp includes a healthy, fresh lunch prepared by Chef Kristen Liberatore.

Extended Day Option: 9:00am-3:30pm. The extended day option includes swimming, arts and crafts, and afternoon snacks.

What: Activities are designed to help campers develop skills in performance and public speaking, music, choreography, set design and other creative arts. The Theatre Academy will be offered in conjunction with the estimable Goodspeed Opera House, with Goodspeed’s education and outreach manager, Erin Lafferty, heading up the program. The Theatre Academy camp runs for 6 weeks from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will include lunch. An extended day option (until 3:30 p.m.) is available, which includes swimming, arts and crafts and afternoon snacks.

Where: The Transition Academy at Mount Saint John

From its hillside location perched high above the Connecticut River, the Transition Academy at Mount Saint John rises from the landscape like something out of a storybook. Dating back to 1907, the impressive stone building looks out over 80 acres, which today comprise athletic fields, walking trails, and wooded and open space. This summer, its ample grounds will be home to the Goodspeed Theatre Academy camp for students in grades 3-8.

Cost: Full-day: $1,350      Half-day: $900

Cost for the six-week Goodspeed Theatre Academy is $1,350 for the full-day session, and $900 for the half-day option. Additional costs may be required if IEP services are requested. Typically, the cost of specialized services is born by the student’s school district, but parents can also opt for private pay. A consultation with your school district representative can be arranged as needed to discuss service delivery and cost deferment.

Why:

The Transition Academy at Mount Saint John Goodspeed Theater Academy Summer CampAs a private day school during the academic year, The Transition Academy at Mount Saint John is well-versed in approaches which help kids develop healthy social interaction skills. Its reputation for excellence attracts high-quality community partners. Activities are designed to help campers develop skills in performance and public speaking, music, choreography, set design and other creative arts. An extended day option (until 3:30 p.m.) is available, which includes swimming, arts and crafts and afternoon snacks.

Your kids won’t miss their lunch bag, with Academy Chef Kristen Liberatore serving up fresh-made summer favorites like tacos, barbecued chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, fruit and vegetable salads, and more. Chef Kristen said she loves introducing kids to food they might not have tried before, like kiwi and starfruit. Among the benefits to having a professional kitchen, large outdoor grill and community garden at hand, the academy is also well-suited to serve campers with special dietary needs or restrictions, including health issues like diabetes.

Beyond the beautiful setting and amenities, the Transition Academy at Mount Saint John offers clear advantages to kids who benefit from extra support.

As a Connecticut Department of Education-approved, private day school, the academy is uniquely positioned to provide services to children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Specialized services, including tutoring, speech and language pathology, emotional and social skills support, and occupational and physical therapy, are provided by certified, experienced educators and therapists. These service blocks are incorporated into the camper’s day, ensuring that each camper stays on top of their personal and educational goals while enjoying time in the sun and meeting friends beyond their normal peer group.

Camp size, capped at 15 students per session for theater, is intentionally small, to maximize safety and individual attention. As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

How to Register:

To start the process, please click the registration links below. Please note that parents/guardians do have the option to decline the photo release. If you have specific questions about the camp or its ability to accommodate your child’s specific needs, please call 860-343-1350

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The Transition Academy is also looking to connect with businesses and organizations who would like to help provide camp sponsorships/scholarships to families in need. For information on how to get involved, call 860-343-1300.

Ways to Submit Completed Forms

Email forms to: 

summercamp@mtstjohn.org

Mail forms via first class mail:

Ms. Bernadette Correa
Transition Academy at Mount Saint John
135 Kirtland Street
Deep River, CT 06417

Fax forms to:

860-239-075