Summer Drama Camps

Summer is the time to play, and CYPT Summer Drama Camps are a great way to get out of the house for some creative fun! …

About Summer Drama Camps

Summer is the time to play, and CYPT Summer Drama Camps are a great way to get out of the house for some creative fun!  Our 30-year track record of providing a brilliant camp experience for youth age 4 – 18 means that our camps are extremely popular, so don’t wait – register today!  For more information, to learn about pre/post-care opportunities, to explore our lunch program, or to simply get a sense of what to expect of a day at camp, visit our FAQ page!

Camps

Half-Day Camps

Got that little one that’s just kicking for a chance to show their flare, meet new friends, develop confidence, and have fun? Our half-day camps, taught by professional theatre artists at our North, South, and West Calgary locations are perfect for kids age 4-6. These half-day camps run from 9am until 12pm, from Monday-Friday each week and culminate in a fun performance for parents and friends!

*Receive a 20% discount off ONE registration when you enroll multiple children/multiple camps. Discount is automatically applied to the lesser registration cost. 

Full-Day

Our week-long, full day camps are a great way to break up that long summer vacation. Camp kids spend their mornings learning various dramatic skills like acting, improvisation, and stage combat, and then in the afternoons, work with a CYPT professional theatre artist to build their very own play. These full-day camps run from 9am until 4pm, from Monday-Friday.

*Receive a 20% discount off ONE registration when you enroll multiple children/multiple camps. Discount is automatically applied to the lesser registration cost.

Two-Week Camps

Get ready to really hone those acting chops in our two-week camps. No experience is necessary, but older kids who’ve developed a taste for the dramatic will find this camp the perfect next step. Over two weeks, build a longer play in the afternoons and experience a broad range of morning drama fun!  Final performance is on the second Thursday of each camp.

*Receive a 20% discount off ONE registration when you enroll multiple children/multiple camps. Discount is automatically applied to the lesser registration cost. 

Teen Improv!

Our Teen Camps are a great way to really dig in and explore a side of drama that most interests you, and Teen Improv is a long-time fan favourite. Improvisation is one of the most exciting theatrical art-forms to get your adrenaline running!  With no preparation, no script, and only your wits at your side, this is one of the most fast-paced and hands-on camps we offer.  Culminates in a performance at the end of the week!

*Receive a 20% discount off ONE registration when you enroll multiple children/multiple camps. Discount is automatically applied to the lesser registration cost.

Stage Makeup

Our Teen Camps are a great way to really dig in and explore a side of drama that most interests you, and Teen Stage Makeup is one that our kids ask for every year. Learn from the experts the best way to transform your face into the wildest characters you can imagine! Learn how to make realistic-looking wounds, how to be the scariest monster on the block or how to magically become the most elegant woodland sprite! Cost of enrollment includes supplies.

*Receive a 20% discount off ONE registration when you enroll multiple children/multiple camps. Discount is automatically applied to the lesser registration cost.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are camps located?

North Camps are held at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703-1 Street NW.
South Camps are held at the Riverbend Community Association, 19 Rivervalley Drive SE.
West Camps are held at SCA Community Association, 277 Strathcona Drive SW.

Click HERE to view our maps and get directions.

What are camp hours?

Half Day Camps run 9am - 12pm

Full-day camps run 9am - 4pm, with a lunch break from 12-1pm

Pre and post-care options may be available, pending COVID restrictions.

Will my child be put in groups of children who are much older or younger than they are?

The first day of camp, children are separated into groups according to their age or grade in school. Our student to teacher ratio is approximately 12:1 for full day drama camp and 8:1 for half day drama camps.

What do the children do all day?

The day starts out with an entire group warm-up led by one of our instructors. Then your children are off to workshops in the morning covering various theatrical skills and activities.  Workshops may be centered on acting, movement, auditioning, character creation, improvisation, or more!  In the afternoons, children will spend time with one instructor developing a play that is created by the children and performed at the end of the week for friends and family. During lunch, everyone goes outside for supervised play, relaxation, games and fresh air. At the end of the day, the entire camp comes back together for drama Olympics!

Half day campers spend their morning with one instructor and a camp assistant, learning various theatrical skills that culminate in a presentation for friends and family.

If your teen is in either the improv camp, stage make-up or stage combat camps, they will be spending all week exploring various aspects of the specific camp through exercises, games, skill building and practical application.

Who are your staff members and instructors?

Summer drama camp instructors include professional actors, writers, directors, and teachers with university and college degrees and post secondary students. We also hire CYPT alumni to work as camp assistants, coordinators or assistant instructors. All of our instructors have a passion for theatre and working with youth! All instructors are required to get a Police Security Clearance Check prior to the start of camp.

Is there childcare available before or after camp?

Yes, typically we offer pre-camp care starting at 7:30am and post-camp care until 5:30pm, however please do check in with us as COVID restrictions may prevent pre/post-care options in some cases. We do not offer post-camp care for half day campers. All pre and post camp care is $5.00 per session per child. Payment can be made on a day-to-day basis OR at the end of the week. Payment for Pre and Post care must be received by Friday morning of each week. CYPT will accept cash, cheques payable to Calgary Young People’s Theatre for pre/post care, e-transfers, or debit payment on site. Receipts are available for pre and post care payment.

Is lunch available at the camps?

CYPT is pleased to offer our lunch program of healthy snacks and hot lunches to keep your child energized and to stimulate their creativity! CYPT offers parents the option of paying for their child’s lunch and snacks in advance. For $40.00 a week, your child can choose a snack at morning and afternoon break. At lunch they may select any menu item of their choice, a drink and a snack. Click here to learn more.

Can my teenager leave campus at lunch time?

Yes, if permission is granted by the parents of the student.  You may give permission during the registration process by checking the appropriate box, however if you missed that, please bring a note granting your child permission on the first day of camp. We will also have permission forms available on the first day of camp.

Do you offer bursary programs?

Yes we do! CYPT has a strong bursary program that offers lower income families a chance to apply to have assistance in paying for program fees. Please email admin@cypt.ca to request a bursary application or for more information.

When are final presentations?

Half Day Camps: The final performance is on the Friday at 11:45am.

Full Day Camps: The final performance is on the Friday of camp at 3:00pm

Two Week Camps: The final performance is on the second Thursday of camp at 3:00pm

Teen Improv Camp: The final performances is on Friday at 3pm

Stage Combat: The final performances is on Friday at 3pm

Make-up Intensive: The final performances is on Friday at 3pm.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds (less a $30.00 administration fee) are available if registration needs to be cancelled prior to your camp starting. No refunds are available if the camp has already started or in the three days previous, unless a doctor’s note is provided.  Refund requests may be made in writing to admin@cypt.ca no later than 2:00pm on the Friday before the week of camp.

We may be able to transfer between programs/weeks – available upon request. Email admin@cypt.ca.