Visual & Performing Arts

Child Drama Workshops: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When: June 22‑26
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑K
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $299
Instructor: Child Drama Workshops    

This all‑time children's classic will take to the stage this summer with your children in the story! The ravenous caterpillar will eat his way through apples, sweets, and pizza as he grows and grows and grows. Allow your child to experience the magical metamorphosis on stage through our play‑based drama reenactment. All plays include professional stage makeup, costume accessories, and a souvenir program. Campers must be potty‑trained.

Indy Rock Camp

When: June 22‑26
Grade Level: Grades 6‑8
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mr. Dan Kitching, Independence Director of Bands

Get ready to rock! Campers will learn to play basic guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums to classic rock songs, then show off their skills on stage at the end of the week. Instruments will be available, but campers are encouraged to bring their own guitars or bass if they own them. No prior musical experience necessary.

My First Camp with Strings

When: June 22‑26
Grade Level: Grades 1‑4
Time: 1:00‑4:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mrs. Banu Fields, Independence Strings Instructor

Come and get to know your favorite member of the strings family this summer! A violin, a viola, or maybe a cello! If you are a beginner, this week will be a great time to learn how to play a strings instrument. If you already know how to play, then polish off your technique and learn new music. Students are expected to bring their own instruments to class.

Music and Stories

(maximum 10 participants)
When:
June 29‑July 2
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑K
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Instructor: Mrs. Banu Fields, Independence Strings Instructor

Every story should have its own song, and that's what this camp is all about! We will read stories with a wide range of themes and learn songs to accompany them. Campers will play percussion instruments, move with the music, and talk about each character in our stories. Join us for a week of music‑making! Campers must be potty‑trained.

Child Drama Workshops: Mr. Popper's Penguins - The Play

When: July 13‑17
Grade Level: Preschool (age 3)‑K
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $299
Instructor: Child Drama Workshops

Based on the children's classic story, this stage production is rollicking good fun! Madcap comedy ensues when penguins multiply! Allow your child to beat the heat this summer in our chilly penguin play. The creative process is play based and improvisational to maintain spontaneity. All plays include stage makeup, costume accessories, and a souvenir program. Campers must be potty‑trained.

13 Colonies Musical

When: July 27-31
Grade Level: Grades 4-8
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $255
Instructor: Mrs. Kathy Walsh, Independence Fourth-Grade Teacher

Hosted by George and Martha Washington, our musical uses catchy music and a good mix of humor and historical information to review early American history. Children actively participate and explore the art of musical theater in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. All are guaranteed a role in this simple and fun one-week production. 

Child Drama Workshops: Dr. Dolittle - If I Could Talk to the Animals

When: July 27‑31
Grade Level: Grades 1‑4
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑3:00 p.m.
Cost: $375
Instructor: Child Drama Workshops

Based on the classic children's book, your child will learn to talk to the animals in Puddleby! Your child can become Dr. Dolittle, Pushme‑Pullyou, the two-headed gazelle‑unicorn, or Prince Bumpo. The adventures of Dr. Dolittle will take your child to England and Africa and to battle the pirates on the high seas of Somalia. This play includes a professional director, choreographer, and set‑art! Stage makeup, costume accessories, and props are included.

Mock Trial

(maximum 14 participants)
When:
August 3‑7
Grade Level: Grades 6‑8
Time: 9:00 a.m.‑12:00 p.m.
Cost: $280
Instructor: Mr. Kevin McDonald, Summer at Independence Director and Middle School English Teacher

Public speaking, acting, writing, problem solving, teamwork, and debate. These are only some of the skills students will learn while participating in Mock Trial. The Mock Trial Camp will take rising sixth through eighth graders step‑by‑step through the process of preparing a real court case from the opening statements to the closing arguments. Campers will learn vital skills to help them express themselves effectively and to work independently to accomplish their goals. This camp is ideal for students who are interested in being part of the very competitive high school Mock Trial league, as well as those who enjoy acting and debating and want to improve their public speaking skills. A live mock trial will be held on the final day of camp!