Virtual Fine and Performing Arts - Virtual Camps - McDonogh School

Virtual Fine and Performing Arts

Acting for the Camera (Grade 6-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-12
Hours: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Dates: Two-week session: August 10-21
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi,, Zoom
Instructor: Hannah McKechnie

Learn the difference between acting on a stage and acting for a camera. Onstage, an actor has to project their emotions, voice, and physicality to a room of people. On camera, an actor only has the camera for an audience. A camera can pick up anything an actor gives it: the slightest breath, or eye movement, even a thought.

Week 1 students will watch a few examples of great film and TV performances, to learn from, as well as be assigned a monologue to perform for camera, by the end of the week.

Week 2 students will get to pick a monologue of their choosing to workshop and perform by the end of the class.

Each student should be comfortable practicing in front of the rest of the class, as everyone will learn more from watching each other. Masterclass style.

Students will learn the nuances, and subtleties of acting for a camera. They will leave the class with two monologues camera-ready.

Acting with an English Accent (Grade 6-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-12
Hours: 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Dates: Two-week session: July 27-August 7
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi,, Zoom
Instructor: Hannah McKechnie

Have you ever wanted to talk like the characters in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, or Lord of the Rings? This is your moment!

Week 1 we will break down the basics of the English accent, with sound changes, vocal exercises, and film clips to watch and learn from. By the end of the week, students will pick a monologue from an English movie or TV show to perform.

Week 2 students will work on the sound changes of the accent in their monologue and practice in front of the class. By our final class, students will perform their monologues!

Students will learn the basics of speaking with a standard English accent, and leave the class with a monologue of their choice memorized and ready to perform.

Around the World in 14 Days: Virtual Tour Through the Ages with Art and Architecture (Grade 7-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 7-12
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dates: Two-week course: June 29-July 10
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Zoom
Instructor: Joanne Cho

Students will be using Google Earth and famous museum websites to visit the most iconic historic sites to learn about history in a fun, interactive way. It will be like a school trip to a foreign country, but in a virtual way chock-full of historical background from an experienced history teacher. The focus of the course will be on how the images capture a period of history. First, there will be an introduction to a general overview survey of the histories/art/architecture of several key important civilizations. Then based on student voting, the class can delve further into a destination of their choice whether it be Paris, Rome, London, Kyoto or Beijing. This course combines elements of history with creativity and artistic expression.

A culminating project will be an art installation online using digital media for students to come up with their own creations for public consumption and critique.

Camp Broadway (Grade 5-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Dates: Session 1: June 22-26; Session 2: June 29-July 3
Tuition: $300 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, YouTube, Zoom
Instructor: Nina Pongratz

Do you love musical theatre shows like Hamilton, Wicked, Legally Blonde, SIX, Newsies, Annie, Matilda, and more? Each day of Camp Broadway we will focus on singing, dancing, and acting a different musical.

On Hamilton day, learn a dance to "My Shot" and then learn to write your own rap. On Wicked day, learn about the stage makeup it takes to turn green! By the end of Camp Broadway you will have studied 10 different musicals through song, dance, and drama with some added bonuses like stage makeup, play/songwriting, costuming, and more! (Grade 9-12) - CLOSED


Ages: Entering Grade 9-12
Hours: 9:30 a,m.-11:30 a.m.
Dates: June 22-26
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Required Materials:  Access to Amazon to stream the documentary Rivers and Tides
Instructor: Nicholas Rego

Art, but with the following limitations: must be outside; must use only materials from nature; must be impermanent.

"Land art" or "environmental art," a movement born in the 1960s, has never felt more relevant than now, as we increasingly embrace our responsibility to care for the world that cares for us. The movement's principle is simple: make art using what nature provides in the ecosystem that surrounds all of us. Use that art to draw attention to the beauty already latent in the natural world. will use Andy Goldsworthy, one of the central figures of the movement, as inspiration for an interactive exploration of environmental art's methods and purposes. You will produce environmental art daily, and the goal will be to use the course materials (examples of Goldsworthy's work, his explanations, an excellent documentary on him called "Rivers and Tides") as supplementary work in support of the primary goal: artmaking.

There will be one or two assignments outside of class (notably watching the documentary); otherwise, the product/goal for each day will be a piece of environmental art on a specific prompt--"rock"; "leaves and branches"; "water"; etc.

Hip-Hop Cardio Dance Party! (Grade 6-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-12
Hours: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Dates: June 15-26
Tuition: $120
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom

Fitness flies when you're having fun. Gain endurance and stamina this summer working out to your favorite music! Dance is one the easiest ways to maintain cardiovascular health.

Students will learn dance combinations to various pop and hip-hop music hits. They will also create their own dance exercise combination to a song of their choosing and lead a student-run fitness class at the end of the session.

Musicality: A Choreographic Intensive (Grade 9-12) - CLOSED


Ages: Entering Grade 9-12
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dates: June 8-12
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Bluetooth Speaker, Google Drive, Zoom
Instructor: Jasmin Walters

Music and movement have been a match since the beginning of time. This dance intensive will help students solidify the connection between their limbs and what they hear. We will use the body to translate and emphasize specific instruments and melodic lines of soulful, atmospheric tracks. Marrying these elements will allow dancers to feel a deeper relation to the choreography. Students will learn choreography and choreograph their own work. Students can most likely expect contemporary and modern choreography infused with the rhythmic and percussive nature of hip hop. This series is designed for the intermediate dancer. Beginners and Advanced dancers welcome.

By the end of this week, students will be equipped with greater choreographic skill. Students will also create a full length choreographic work to a song of their choosing. These pieces will be performed in front of a small select virtual audience at the end of the session.

Play at Home! Fun, Short Plays and Theater Activities to Enjoy at Home (Grade 3-5)

Ages: Entering Grade 3-5
Hours: 10"00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dates: June 22-26 (addtional sessions may be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Zoom
Required Materials: Scripts will be provided. 
Instructor: Dan Wagner

From : "In March 2020 a bunch of theaters were producing plays, business as usual, when a global pandemic had other plans. Prioritizing the safety of their communities, they made difficult decisions to cease or postpone programming for the remainder of their seasons. But the story doesn’t end there. With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, they came together to create the Play At Home project, a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all."

Students will participate in collaborative theatre games that focus on improvisation, character creation, comic timing, and teamwork. Students will read scripts of short plays, work on performing these plays, and we will record performances to share with family and friends. We can also share images, videos, and soundbites on social media by tagging #PlayAtHomePlays.

The Playwright's the Thing: Writing Your First Play (Grade 6-8)

Ages: Entering Grade 6-8
Hours: Grade 8: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Grade 7: 10:00-11:00 a.m.; Grade 6: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: August 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
Tuition: $120
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Zoom
Instructor: Joan Floyd

Your world is full of stories. You hear stories, watch stories, tell stories, and live stories. Maybe you've even written some stories. But have you ever written a story in the form of a play? Now is your chance!

Students will be introduced to the basics of playwriting. Students will do writing exercises, participate in discussions that spark the imagination, and share works in progress, which will be read aloud by their fellow writers. Each writer will develop and draft his/her own original short play. Students will be asked to write and share their work with the instructor between class sessions.

Songwriting in Rock and Roll History (Grade 5-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 4-11
Hours: 10:00-12:00 p.m.; 1:00-3:00 p.m. daily 
Dates: Two-week session - July 6-17
Tuition: $800
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Required Materials: Musical instruments helpful but not required
Instructors: Steve Martel and Beth Rausch

How does a songwriter write, arrange, and record a song? How do lyrics, melody, rhythm, and chords combine for an original and personal musical expression? What types of songs and genres were popular in the 1950s through contemporary times?

Each student will endeavor to write or co-write 3-4 songs over the two weeks; they will also have the option of making a recording of at least one of those songs.

Theater Without Limits Audition Workshop (Grade 6-12) - CLOSED

Registration Closed

Ages: Entering Grade 6-12
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Dates: July 13-17
Tuition: $200
Technical Requirements: Cell phone and computer with working microphone, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Suzanne Eldridge

Ever dream about being a performer on Broadway or in community theatre? In the Theater Without Limits audition workshop, campers will learn how to audition and gather the tools they need to find the right song, create the perfect resume, and learn how to perform a cold reading or monologue.

At the conclusion of camp, students will have a mock audition with feedback from Director Suzanne Eldridge.  

Campers should be open to one-on-one master class style coaching. 

Words and Sounds: A Crash Course in Songwriting (Grade 9-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 9-12
Hours: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
Dates: Session 1: July 6-17; Session 2: August 3-14
Tuition: $500 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Google Drive, Zoom
Required Materials: Journal, index cards.
Instructor: Jasmin Walters

Music holds power. Words hold weight. Certain songs can influence our mood, our decisions and even how fast or slow we drive! In this course you will learn how to use your perspective, imagination and story to create meaningful lyrics. You will be given the tools to manipulate melody and sound to evoke feeling in listeners.

By the end of this course, students will have acquired the knowledge and skill to write their own lyrics and melody. They will have 2-3 complete works of music that they may publish if they so choose. Please note: no experience necessary, students do not need the ability to sing/rap or play an instrument to participate.

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