Drama Camp 2020 Dates & Productions
Drama Camp 2021 dates will be April 26- May 1
MHDG is pleased to announce the following productions for our camp this year:
Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 7pm elementary students will be performing the musical
"The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse"
Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 2pm jr/senior high students will perform the drama
"Marked for Greatness"
Both performances will be held at First Baptist Church of Mishawaka
located at 724 N. Main St. Mishawaka 46545
Want more info? Interested in joining our group?
If you would like more information about our group please read through the FAQ's listed below. If you are interested in joining MHDG or have further questions, please click on the Contact Information button. Text, call or email the group coordinator.
What is MHDG?
Michiana Homeschool Drama Group (MHDG) exists to provide area homeschoolers with the opportunity to participate in a one week drama camp. Students are instructed by a team of highly qualified and talented young peaople from the Academy of Arts in South Carolina.
What is the Academy of Arts?
Great question! The Academy of Arts is the organization that MHDG partners with in order to bring our students the best possible dramatic experience as well a week filled with spiritual emphasis. Please click on the link to learn more about the AoA at their website.
What ages can participate?
Homeschool students ages 7-18 are welcome to participate. Younger children (ages 5-6) will need the approval of the coordinator after discussing the maturity of the child and the structure/expectations of the week with the parents.
What is the cost to participate with MHDG?
One week drama camp fees:
elementary students $130
jr/senior high students $180
**These fees are collected by MHDG but are actually paid to the Academy of Arts**
**We also offer a multiple child discount to families with more than 2 children participating. For example, if two high school and two elementary students participate from the same family, fees would be $180 x 2 for the high school students and then only $65 x 2 for the elementary students.
When is drama camp?
Drama Camp 2021 will be held April 26- May 1.
Where is camp held?
Drama Camp 2021 will be held at First Baptist Church of Mishawaka, 734 N. Main St.
What will the students be performing?
2021 Drama Camp Productions:
The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse (elementary group)
Adapted for stage from the well-known Aesop’s Fable and the story of the Prodigal son from the Book of Luke, this timeless children’s tale follows one mouse’s journey from the simple, happy cornfields of the country to the fast-paced opportunities of the town as he learns that things are not always as they seem. Memorable characters, hilarious antics, and the valuable character lessons of contentment and sacrificial love are brought to life in this original musical that your children will be singing for years to come!
Run Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Marked for Greatness: The Story of Adoniram Judson the First American Foreign Missionary (jr/senior high group)
Known as the first American foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson’s journey to the mission field was fraught with deep personal struggle and spiritual change. From his conversion from Agnosticism to his decision to forsake all to take the truth of the Gospel to Burma, it was clear from the beginning that he was no ordinary man, destined for ordinary things. God had a plan for Adoniram Judson. From the beginning, he was Marked for Greatness.
Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
When are the performances and what is the cost of tickets?
The elementary students will perform The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse on Friday, April 30 at 7 pm.
The jr/senior high students will perform Marked for Greatness on Saturday, May 1 at 2 pm.
We consider the performances a ministry opportunity to the community so there is no charge for either performance. We do however welcome freewill donations.
When and where do students audition for parts in the performances?
Auditions will be held Wednesday, February 24 from 1-4:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Mishawaka. Registration on the website is required to audition.
Can I watch the students rehearse during the week?
No- we ask that parents not enter the auditiorium to watch any of the rehearsals during camp week. Parents are welcome to stay at the church throughout the day however if they'd like. There will be a fellowship area designated for parents if they'd like to remain on the premises throughout the week. We have found that parents watching the rehearsals creates unnecessary anxiety in both parents and students. We also believe that viewing the "finished product" at the end of the week is entirely worth the wait!
What does a day at camp look like for students?
All students gather in a large group upon arrival each morning and go over announcements, daily goals and pray. The elementary students will then meet in the auditorium to begin practicing songs and scenes for their performance. Each day they will have a devotion taught by one of the AoA leaders. They also have a 15 minute snack time each morning. They will also be fitted for costumes and go through blocking (where they will be standing on stage during each scene). Elementary students finish at 12:30 and conclude the days activities with a review of what they accomplished, goals for the next day and prayer.
Jr/senior high students will split up after morning announcements and work in various areas depending on where they are assigned. These areas are costumes, make-up, props, sets, sound and lighting. Guys and girls will participate in a devotion with the leader of their group during the morning session. Students will also practice scenes in smaller groups in the morning session and then all together in the afternoon sessions. All students participate in a chapel service each day at noon followed by lunch at 12:30. The afternoon concludes with final announcements and prayer at 3 pm.
Where does the team from the Academy of Arts stay while they are here?
The team from the Academy of Arts in South Carolina is actually hosted by two or three families from our group. We need host families to volunteer each year to serve our group in this way. Each family that volunteers agrees to host either the guys on the team or the girls. In recent years we have also had married couples that need a host family as well. Hosting a part of the team involves providing them with sleeping accomodations and bathroom facilities. Host families will usually offer a simple breakfast for the team members as well. Lunch and dinner are provided by our meal team volunteers and the team will eat those meals at the church.
Do we purchase costumes for our students?
The Academy of Arts brings most of the costumes with them from their facility in SC. However each student is required to have some "base" pieces based on what character they are playing. For example in a biblical play jr/senior high students may need to have a pair of sandals that would be appropriate for that time period as well as a t-shirt and shorts (or a slip) for under the rest of the costume. These "base" pieces vary from year to year based on what plays our group is performing. Costume requirements will be sent out in early January after auditions.
Do jr/senior high students pack lunch each day or are they allowed to leave the building to get lunch?
Students are not permitted to leave the church throughout the week to purchase food. If parents would like to bring them lunch they may. Our lunch period is from 12:30-1 so food would need to arrive by then. Most students pack a lunch to bring to camp each day.
Am I allowed to take pictures and or videotape during the performance?
One of our parents is actually a professional photographer and another parent is a videographer and "tech" guru. They have both generously donated their time and talents to our group by photographing and taking video of both performances. The photos are free and the videos are available for a small charge to cover dvd costs and equipment usage. So the technical answer to this question is yes, you can, however no flashes are permitted during the performance and with professionals on the job working for our group - why would you want to? Sit back, relax and enjoy!
How can I help with camp week?
That's a great question! Camp week is a huge undertaking even with the team from the Academy of Arts handling the dramatic end of things. There are still many details to attend to including feeding the team, collecting DVD orders, creating playbills for the performances, and helping with the final clean-up and closing pizza party.
Each family will be asked to choose an area to volunteer when they complete the registration for their students. For a detailed look at the areas in which volunteers are needed, please click on the volunteer link.
I have heard that 6th graders are allowed to stay all day even though they are considered elementary age. Can my 6th grader stay all day and if they do what will they be doing?
6th graders are considered part of the elementary group and have a wonderful opportunity to serve as leaders in that age group. Responsible 6th grade students are permitted to stay all day if they're interested and if it's okay with their parents. They would eat lunch at 12:30 and then join the jr/senior high group for the afternoon. When that group is working on group scenes the 6th graders would usually just be observing (unless they are asked to play the role of an extra) and the rest of the afternoon they would work in an assigned area alongside the older students - like costumes, make-up, props, etc.This is considered a privilege and any 6th graders that would like to stay for the afternoons will need to confirm with the MHDG coordinator that they plan to stay and they will need to be participate in the same work/activities as the jr/senior high students for the afternoon session.
How does Drama Camp week conclude?
Okay maybe I made this question up.... I'm not sure it actually qualifies as a FAQ but for new families this seems like super relevant information!
After the jr/senior high school performance on Saturday afternoon all drama families are expected to stay and participate in a final clean-up of the church. During this time there is much to do including assisting the Academy of Arts team to pack up all of their equipment, costumes, make-up etc into their trailer, as well as to attempt to put the church back to the condition we found it at the beginning of the week. We found that this can all be accomplished much faster if we have an end goal in mind so we conclude our week with a closing pizza party after all the clean-up is accomplished. All the families, students and the AoA team are asked to stay for this if possible. Besides motivating all of us to complete the clean-up quickly, the pizza party also provides a great way for families to connect and students to have closure on their exhausting but fun-filled week.
How do I join MHDG?
Check our home page to be sure we have openings for this year's productions. Then call, text or email the group administrator. Click on the "contact" button for this information.