Summer 2018 Courses

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BAAY Pro: Chicago

Teri Grimes, director

Ages 14 - 17

August 6 - September 9

After the success of last Summer's The Drowsy Chaperone, BAAY is inviting back Bellingham theatre community legend Teri Grimes to direct Chicago: High School Edition! Set in the roaring twenties, Chicago tells the story of two performers convicted of murder: Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, as they vie for the spotlight, the headlines, and acquittal. We couldn't be more excited to see what the talented youth of our community do with this challenging material.

Register by June 17

Shrek the Musical

Erica Ewell, director

Ages 9 - 16

June 20 - July 14

Check yourself before you Shrek yourself. In Shrek the Musical JR. – an adaptation of the Broadway smash for children of all ages – a big, green, smelly orge goes on a musical adventure that's definitely somewhere ogre the rainbow. Donkey included.

Register by June 19

Costuming Club: Shrek the Musical

Dana Crediford, director

Ages 9 - 14

June 20 - July 12

Learn how to costume with Dana Crediford, by creating the costumes for the BAAY musical Shrek. Camp will also feature plenty of walking field trips to parks, museums, and theatres to enjoy the outdoors, practice creativity skills, and research costuming. Materials included.

Register by June 19

Vocal Jazz Camp

Erica Ewell, director

Ages 13 - 16

June 25 - July 6

A two-week intensive camp where students get to work with an ensemble on a selection of pieces from the jazz standards repertoire, culminating in an evening concert for friends and family. A great opportunity to improve music reading, sight singing and improvisation skills! Experience reading music is required.

Register by June 24

Pre-Kinders & Kinders Art

Rachel Simpson, director

Ages 4 - 6

July 9 - July 13

In this fun preschool summer art camp, we’ll explore a variety of different art mediums, experience choice based art, and employ hands-on tactile sensations such as air dry clay, charcoal, soft pastel drawing, and shaving cream painting. We'll use movement, music, and children’s books as inspiration.

Register by July 8

Drawing & Painting

Rachel Simpson, director

Ages 6 - 12

July 9 - 20

In this exciting summer art camp, we’ll gain the confidence & ability to work in any medium. We’ll take the first week to learn to accurately draw what we see, learning the beginning of perspective and shading, through the use of charcoal, graphite, oil and chalk pastels. The second week we'll paint, using watercolors/acrylic paints with different techniques to change the look and texture, drawing inspiration froma number of notable artists. The class will also include a walking field trip to visit a local gallery or museum downtown. By making art of the world around us, we learn to see it in all of its beauty.

Register by July 8

Creation Lab Camp

Steve Barnes, course lead

Ages 9 - 17

July 16 - August 5

A new music theatre product in three weeks – from your brain. Meet with a team like you to improvise, review musical concepts, share your imagination, and inspire each other. Once you've explored your ideas, turn them into a full-featured libretto with dialogue, lyrics and music notation. Finally, rehearse and present your product in a culminating presentation weekend.

Register by July 15

Swing Camp

Damian Cade & Co., director

Ages 13 - 17

July 16 - 20

Instructor Damian Cade has been teaching swing styles for over eight years. We’ll be learning famous line dances, solo jazz steps, and the fundamentals of partner dancing that will last a lifetime. No partner necessary. In his own words, “a 5, 6, 7, 8!”

Register by July 15

Storybook Theatre & Art Camp

Erika Chambliss & Chrissy Ellsworth, directors

Ages 4 - 6

July 23 - 27

Join us for a fun filled week of exploring creative theater and art revolving around traditional childhood stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and many more. This process-based form of theater gives young children a wonderful opportunity to work together using their imagination, physical expression, and communication skills. We will begin each day of camp with a simple story, and then head into the theater to act it out. Each child gets an opportunity to try out several characters and add their own unique vision to each one. After enjoying a light morning snack, we will delve into an art project relating to our story of the day. We'll end each session with a closing circle where we reflect on our favorite moments of the day. Please have your child dress ready for active play.

Currently filled

Upcycled Art & Sculpture

Rachel Simpson, director

Ages 9 - 16

July 23 - August 3

We’ll start creating a miniature shadow box in mixed-media with use of recycled tins, metallics, lace, buttons, glitter, gears, moss, gems, keys, photos, felt, collage and our unlimited imagination. We’ll also explore how to do Paint-Cup-Pour acrylics in abstract art. During the second week, we’ll explore Sculpture & Paper Mache and Paper Clay; we’ll discuss styles of sculpture, a variety of artists, and select an animal of their choice to build into sculpture, and we'll end with an Art Show Exhibit at BAAY for the August 3rd Art Walk. The class will also have a 1-day field trip to visit a local gallery or museum downtown.

Register by July 22

Circus & Clowning

Della & Wren, director

Ages 9 - 16

July 23 - 27

Ever wondered what it was like to run away with the circus? You can find out in our Circus & Clowning camp. You'll learn juggling, clown, diabolo, plate spinning, balance, and much more. Taught by Wren: 20-year veteran juggler and circus instructor, and Della: physical comedienne, long-time member of the Bellingham Circus Guild, and co-creator and performer in The Real Food Show. We hope you join us in our circus adventure! Parents are invited to congregate at BAAY at 5pm on Friday, July to learn some of the circus props that the kids have been working on all week. Course includes a walking field trip to practice circus arts in a park. Students will perform their circus talents at 5:30 PM the same day.

Register by July 22

Pixie Theatre: Dr Seuss' The Sneetches

Lisa Markowitz, director

Ages 7 - 8

July 30 - August 10

Lisa Markowitz is teaming up with the Mega Pixies to bring Dr. Seuss' poignant story to life. For the star-bellied, plain-bellied, double-star-bellied, and every other kind of sneetch in all of us. Lisa Markowitz LOVES to teach these zany classes. Singing, dancing, and acting for everyone!

Register by July 29

Once Upon a Mattress

Ian Bivins, director

Ages 9 - 13

August 6 - 26

Once upon a time there was a musical play that surprised everyone with beautiful music, comedic splendor, and rollicking candor, and BAAY decided to produce that play, and Ian decided to direct it, and it was called Once Upon A Mattress.

Register by August 5

Costuming Club: Once Upon a Mattress

Dana Crediford, director

Ages 9 - 14

August 6 - 24

Learn how to costume with Dana Crediford. Students will research, design, and sketch costumes for the BAAY production of Once Upon a Mattress. Camp will also feature plenty of walking field trips to parks, museums, and theatres to enjoy the outdoors, practice creativity skills, and research costuming. Materials included.

Register by August 12

Mythical Creatures

Natalia Robinson, director

Ages 7 - 17

August 13 - 17

Let the myths of Unicorns, Dragons, Fairies, and Phoenixes be your guide in creating art! We will craft our own unicorn horn, felt dragon's jewels, needle felt fairies, and make our own magic potions. All while playing magical games and learning ancient folktales. Join us this summer for entry into the otherworldly realms.

Register by August 12

Costuming Mentorship Opportunity: Chicago

Dana Crediford, director

Ages 16 - 17

August 6 - September 9

BAAY Pro provides a unique opportunity for costuming students to take on more challenging material and assume more responsibility. This Summer BAAY is producing Chicago. Dana Crediford will act as mentor to a select number of students interesting in taking on this challenge. As a mentorship opportunity, there is no tuition associated with this project.

Register by August 5