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Around the World of Theatre

Students will learn the basic skills of theatre production through practical methodology. Focusing on three main areas, lighting/sound, scenic design and acting, this is a hands-on course aimed to offer students an insight into the world of professional theatre. Using one core text, the students will divide their time between scene and prop design, lighting/sound and basic acting, culminating in a short presentation of their work on day five in the Stambaugh Studio, a state of the art facility on the campus of Ohio Northern University.  Invited audience to the production would be other camps as well as parents of participants.  This course offers the opportunity for students to learn a great deal about a number of different facets of theatre rather than just one element.

As this is a very hands-on course, students will learn a number of practical skills. Students will explore how to interact as an acting ensemble, create lighting and sound designs and build theatre scenery and props. In the field of theatre, it is important that an individual understands the mechanics of various aspects of theatre as well as working in a group. Therefore, the group will spend time in the rehearsal room, the scene shop and lighting booth. The course aims to encourage student’s creativity and hone their skills. In a supportive environment, students can gain confidence, strengthen communication skills and explore unfamiliar creative territory.

What to bring?

There are always questions about what to bring to an overnight or week long activity. Here are some suggestions: You will want to bring a small amount of spending money since the university bookstore is usually open. Also, you can bring along some of your favorite snacks although there are vending machines located on campus, a local grocery store, and a Rite Aid for unplanned essentials.

Bring a cell phone or calling card to make long-distance calls, sometimes Ada has poor reception for cell phones for such carriers as AT&T and Nextel. If you have a camera you may want to bring it. The dorms are lockable and secure so you should be able to bring normal things such as clock radios, small CD players, or alarm clocks. If medication needs to be dispensed, the SHI director will make appropriate arrangements.

List of essentials aside from normal everyday apparel

  • Alarm clock
  • Soap, comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
  • Insect repellent – DEET-based works best, Off Brand, pump instead of aerosol
  • Ball Cap
  • Extra socks
  • A pair of long jeans or slacks
  • Shorts, shirts or blouses
  • One nice outfit (khaki slacks/polo shirt) for presentation
  • Sweatshirt/jacket (classrooms are air conditioned and can be cool)
  • T-shirts
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable shoes, closed toed shoes, shoes to be worn in the gym
  • Swimwear, beach towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sandals
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Single extra long bedsheets, pillow, and blanket
  • If you anticipate washing clothes, bring along a small container of clothes detergent and quarters for the washing machines.

What you do NOT have to bring?
Towels are provided. There will be snacks and bottled water provided during the day and evening. Do not bring candles or incense, TV, dart board, draperies, drum set, electric guitars, electric blankets, fire crackers, fish net wall hangings, flags, fire arms, halogen lamps, hot plates , microwave ovens, all pets such as snakes, spiders, lizards, cats, dogs, birds and fish, sunlamps, heat lamps and space heaters, toaster ovens, valuables, water beds or weights.