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Alley Play Makers

Alley Play Makers camps are back in full swing!

We are thrilled to offer a summer experience that is sure to bring creative joy, in-person cheers, and fast friends to your kids. Each camp session explores big ideas and questions connected to award-winning children's books through three class rotations: acting/storytelling, movement, and makerspace. Alley Play Makers culminates in a joyous, celebratory performance that demonstrates our campers' learning for parents and friends. 

Camp Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: $325 for 1-week camps or $615 for 2-week camps.

Limited scholarships are availabe. 
Tenemos becas limitadas. 

Check out books and big Ideas for each grade level:

k-1 Books & Big Ideas
 

 Session A: I Really Like Slop

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By Mo Willems

Trying new things is scary! In this camp session, we’ll explore what is means to try scary new things, and how it can help make the world a more exciting place!

 Session B: The Day The Crayons Quit

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By Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color, but when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only envelopes with letters all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! In this camp, we’ll explore how we deal with feeling fed up and how theatre tools can help build resilience.

 Session C: Stella Luna

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By Janell Cannon

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down. In this camp, we’ll explore how our differences aren’t as important as our similarities.

 Session D: No More Poems!

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By Rhett Miller

In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, these poems bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life. In this camp, students will explore writing and staging their own poems.

 Session E: We Don't Eat Our Classmates

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By Ryan T. Higgins

It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! In this camp, we will explore using theatre to tell funny stories.

2-3 Books & Big Ideas
 

 Session A: When The Beat Was Born

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By Laban Carrick Hill

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. In this camp session, we’ll explore the history of hip hop and how music can be used to tell stories and change the world.

 Session B: Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus

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By John Grandits

Kyle is dreading his first trip on the school bus. Luckily, his big brother is a school bus expert who gives him 10 rules for riding the school bus to avoid getting laughed at, yelled at, or pushed around. In this camp, we’ll explore how we can prepare ourselves and our friends for new experiences.

 Session C: Memoirs of a Tortoise

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By Devin Scillian

Oliver the tortoise has had his human for a very long time. In fact, they’re the same age—80 years old. They both enjoy the slowness of the garden, cool water from the hose on a hot day, and a nice slice of honeydew melon. But when Ike stops visiting the garden, Oliver wonders why his pet has left him so soon. This tender story reminds us to cherish all the days we have. In this camp, we’ll explore the genre of memoir and theatre.

 Session D: Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

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By Megan Frazer Blakemore

Frankie Sparks is a third grader who uses her love for science and math to help her solve problems she comes across in her daily life. This camp is all about problem solving and inventing solutions using the tools of theatre.

 Session E: Could You? Would You?

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By Trudy White

This utterly unique book of whimsical pictures, questions, and idea will tickle imaginations, provoke laughter, stir feelings, and encourage exploration. In this camp, we will explore using theatre to ask big questions.

4-5 Books & Big Ideas
 

 Session A: The One Thing You'd Save

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By Linda Sue Park

If your house was on fire, what one thing would you save? We don’t need a great blazing tragedy to determine what we hold most precious. In this camp, we will explore asking big questions to help discover who we are.

 Session B: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

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By Joyce Sidman

Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. This Newbery Honor-winning picture book combines beautifully written poetry with facts of the forest. In this camp, we will explore how we can use language and theatre to explore elements of nature.

 Session C: The Mysteries of the Universe: Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Space

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By Will Gater

From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page of this book reveals the secrets behind more than 100 celestial objects. This camp will allow students to explore the mysteries and movements in the universe using the tools of theatre.

 Session D: THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE: DISCOVER THE BEST-KEPT SECRETS OF SPACE

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By Will GAter

From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page of this book reveals the secrets behind more than 100 celestial objects. This camp will allow students to explore the mysteries and movements in the universe using the tools of theatre.

 Session E: Scary Stories for Young Foxes

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By McKay Heidicker

Drawing inspiration from Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Allan Poe, this book is a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. In this camp, we will explore the structures of storytelling using the tools of theatre.

6-8 Books & Big Ideas
 

 Session A: Brown Girl Dreaming

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By Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson uses vivid poems to share her story of growing up, finding her voice through writing stories, even though she struggled with reading as a young person. This camp will focus on telling stories and making text come alive through physical theatre experiences.

 Session B: Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

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By Gareth Hinds

In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known works, this work translates Poe’s dark genius into graphic-novel format. This camp will focus on telling stories and making text come alive through physical theatre experiences.

 Session C: Poems to See By

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By Julian Peters

A fresh twist on 24 classic poems, these visual interpretations by comic artist Julian Peters will change the way you see the poetry and the world! This camp will focus on telling stories and making text come alive through physical theatre experiences.

 Session D: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From a Medieval Village

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By Laura Amy Schulz

Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating unforgettable characters! This camp will focus on telling stories and making text come alive through physical theatre experiences.

 Session E: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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By Sherman Alexie

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, this book reflects on the struggles of being a young person attempting to break away from the life you were born into. This camp will focus on telling stories and making text come alive through physical theatre experiences.

  

COVID SAFETY

 

The safety of our students and staff is essential. We aim to keep everyone healthy and safe by utilizing CDC guidelines for K-12 schools, including daily health screenings/temperature checks, mask wearing, distance recommendations, and regular sanitizing.  Additionally, over the last year, Alley Theatre has replaced the air filters with MERV 13 rated filters and have re-programmed the HVAC system to bring in the maximum amount of fresh air while still satisfying the building temperature needs.

 

sponsors

Immanuel & Helen B. Olshan Foundation, Inc.