Welcome to Waterville Valley’s Theatre Under The Stars 18th season of NY Times
and Boston Globe applauded, NH Governor’s Award for Excellence lauded and
Boston Outer Critics Association winning outdoor theatre festival and youth programs!
Founded by an award-winning and Emmy-nominated theatre, film and television professional, from our very first season in 2006, our theatrical productions and youth programs have been stand-outs for the cutting-edge ways in which we work with kids and young adults to have fun while also bringing out the best in themselves and others. Created with input from leaders in educational arts programming, in 2019 we launched The Creative Adventurers Club as the first of its’ kind in our area:
An innovative “Outward Bound for the Arts”, it emphasizes the newest educational model; a fluid, experiential learning mentorship (rather than teacher-student) experience. A 2 week-long creative “hang” where kids age 5-16 and adult mentors explore various arts mediums—theater, stage combat, video, writing, poetry, playwriting, singing, songwriting, visual arts. Together the adult mentors and kid adventurers engage in nature, recreational and arts activities; exploring all the various ways that the inspiring beauty of the natural surroundings feeds the artistic expressions of the soul. We work in an inclusive and collaborative way, where everyone—regardless of age or level of experience—is allowed a creative voice. Although we have a plan for each day and a basic outline for the camp, the kid adventurers have a say in crafting and shaping what we explore, what we do and how we do it. This ensures that every year is fresh and unique.
Creative Adventurers Club is crafted to have each adventurer come away with a greater sense of accomplishment, creativity and self-worth. Teachers remark that after a summer with us, their students come back to school with increased verbal and reading skills as well as confidence and maturity. Using Shakespeare’s works as a jumping off point, together adult mentors and kid adventurers will collaboratively craft a multiple arts-based presentation to be unveiled on Sat Aug 19th. While we envision a theatrical presentation of the show with various artistic mediums displayed/ performed, it truly will be up the club to decide what we do. As the journey we all take together is far
more important than the destination— and the process IS the product—anything tangible we have to present on Aug 19th will simply be a by-product of the time we spend together as a club.
This summer we are going to be creating a world premiere musical! Working with Guest Mentors, in partnership with Fiddlehead Field Youth Orchestra and other local organizations, the adult professional actors, community members and the Creative Adventurers will be creating a musical out of Edgar Lee Master’s timeless classic “Spoon River Anthology” but with a Waterville Valley twist! There are MANY wonderful surprises lined up for the summer as we embark on “THE WATERVILLE SPOON RIVER VALLEY PROJECT” and we hope your child will be a part of it!
Monday 8/7 - Friday 8/11: 10am-2pm
Saturday 8/12: 10am-2pm (Filmmaking day!)
Monday 8/14 - Friday 8/18: 10am-2pm
Saturday 8/19: 2pm-6pm (with show at 6pm that evening).
PLEASE NOTE: Older kids and/or kids with larger parts may be called in for evening rehearsals with the professional acting troupe during camp weeks.
TO BRING TO CLUB: Kids will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and for outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming. With snacks/beverages, sunscreen, bug-spray, notebook, writing instruments, the printed copy of the script we e-send a few weeks prior (and that they need to have read and understood prior to start date) and any other materials we e-send. If they have special interests (hand-held instrument, drawing, illustration, etc.) they should bring materials that can be used in exploring those mediums. A note about Covid-19: We will follow all state and federally mandated protocols in place at the time of camp to ensure the health of all involved.