Registration is now open for all summer camps!
This summer, due to major renovations to the Playhouse, we are hitting the road!
- The majority of our summer camps will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines.
- Our Performance Academy and Broadway Stars camps will perform at the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School, 2650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines.
Wherever we are, you can still count on our experienced Playhouse education staff to provide the same quality experience!
General Class Information
It’s easy to register online! Be ready to fill in a short medical history and note all of your emergency contact numbers. Our classes are very popular, and we do set caps so that we can offer the best teacher/student ratio. Enroll today so that there’s no disappointing “Sorry, that class is filled” news.
Fee Schedule: “Subscribers” refers to those with season tickets for either the Mainstage or Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. Subscribers receive tuition discounts AND are the first to register for each class session. Non-subscribers can purchase season tickets to the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre or Mainstage and receive tuition discounts and priority registration.
Grade Levels: Enroll your child in the grade level he or she will be entering in Fall 2018. Children are grouped by grade level so we may appropriately serve their developmental needs.
We understand that a child’s successful experience at a Playhouse class is, in part, dependent upon the commitment of his or her parent. We appreciate your willingness to support your child in this regard. The following are a set of expectations designed to give your child a meaningful and safe experience.
Arrival Your child depends upon you to drop him or her off on time. Classes begin at the appointed hour, just like curtain time! Park your car in the lot and walk your child inside. There will be a sign-in sheet. If you need to arrive more than 15 minutes before class begins, sing up for our Before Care Program or plan to stay with your child in the lobby.
Departure Your child also depends on you to pick him or her up on time. Park and come inside to sign them out. There will be a Playhouse representative in the lobby to make sure that everyone leaves with a safe adult. If you run later than 10 minutes, your child will go into our After Care Program and you will be assessed the $6.00 fee for an afternoon’s stay. If your student is old enough to drive, bike, or walk to classes alone, please let the education director know by way of a letter that states that he or she may come to and leave classes unaccompanied.
Medical Needs and Illness Please make sure that the emergency numbers you provide are for someone who is available to come should your child need to leave. If students tell us they are ill enough to go home, we take them at their word! Medical needs should be clearly outlined. The more thorough you are, the more efficient we can be.
Discipline Some students may find that theatre classroom and performance etiquette is too demanding for them. Our disciplinary policy is as follows:
- To clearly state rules and expectations up front
- To give the student an opportunity to correct his or her own behavior
- To give a reasonable time-out within the classroom
- Shoes that lace up. This makes it both easy and safe to move around during play.
- A lunch and snack if attending a full day camp.
- A sweater to wear in case the room gets chilly.
- Electronic devices (Gameboys, other hand-held games, I-Pods, cell phones).
- Flip flops, open-toed sandals, etc. They can be hard to move in comfortably and safely.
CREATIVE DRAMA: Preschool-Grade 2
Every class at the Playhouse is unique, and our teaching artists employ a variety of techniques and genres, with different approaches and outcomes. Most camps for younger students, particularly for kindergarten, first and second grades are focused on creative dramatics. Creative drama sparks children’s natural abilities to become the characters they hear about in the books they love. These camps are literature-based and designed to foster listening and cooperative skills as well as self-esteem and individual expression. A creative drama typically class does not culminate in a “performance” on the final day, however students are given the tools to share each day’s story with their families.
Activities may include:
- Dramatic play
- Story dramatization
- Imagination journeys
- Theatre games
- Creative movement
Creative drama classes are marked with the symbol
ACTING CLASSES: Grades 3-12
Performance classes use the activity of putting on a play or series of scenes to explore four performance essentials, which include:
- Voice development
- Body awareness
- Character preparation
- Ensemble formation