Frequently Asked Questions
1) 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.
2) What are camp hours?
Full Day/Teen Camps*: 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch Break is 12:00pm-1:00pm
*Teen Camps may include an Improv Camp, Stage Make-up, Stage Combat, Musical Theatre and/or Two Week camps.
Half Day: 9:00am-12:00pm
3) 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 12:1 for full day drama camp and 8:1 for half day drama camps.
4) 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 including voice and music, movement and choreography, storytelling and play writing, stage combat improvisation and character work among other skills. 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.
5) 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.
6) Is there childcare available before or after camp?
Yes, we offer pre-camp care starting at 7:30am and post-camp care until 5:30pm. 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 or cheques payable to Calgary Young People’s Theatre for pre/post care. Receipts are available for pre and post care payment.
7) 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.
8) Can my teenager leave campus at lunch time?
Yes, if permission is granted by the parents of the student. 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.
9) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a bursary application or for more information.
10) 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.
11) 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.