Elefante Summer Music Theater
Elefante Summer Musical Theater Camp offers campers training in singing, dancing, and acting, expertly taught by top industry professionals. This camp is an excellent opportunity for students entering grades K-12. Elefante Musical Theater campers include all skill levels, from beginners to Broadway performers! Each session culminates in a thrilling original performance on Friday evening in the Hauser Auditorium, supported by a live band.
Join Broadway Musical Director Joe Elefante and a staff of top-notch theater professionals for an amazing summer of musical theater training and performance!
You won’t believe how much fun you’re going to have singing, dancing, acting, and making friends and lifelong memories!
Get ready for another amazing summer.
The shows will provide our campers with wonderful musical numbers to perform as they learn about great Broadway musicals from the golden age of musical theater through to the top hit shows of today, and about the brilliant men and women who have written (and are still writing) amazing music and lyrics for Broadway.
Each of the 3 two-week sessions culminates in the final show — a FREE Friday night performance in the spacious Hauser Theater at The Pingry School. The performance features a live professional band backing the kids! Since each camp session is totally different, you can enroll in all three sessions (many students do)!
Sample Daily Schedule
|9:00 – 9:15||Attendance, Announcements, Theater Games, and Warm-Ups|
|9:15-10:00||Conservatory Class – First Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)|
|10:00-10:45||Conservatory Class – Second Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)|
|10:45-11:30||Conservatory Class – Third Rotation (Acting, Dance or Voice)|
|12:00-1:00||Wild Card Session|
|1:00-3:00||Small-Group and Full Company Rehearsals for the final show.|
Each morning, students entering second grade and up participate in age-based, conservatory-style class rotations where they receive structured instruction in dance, vocal performance, and acting. Students entering K through first grade (“The Littles”) participate in a morning schedule tailored specifically to their ages and attention spans.
Campers can opt to bring their own nut-free, bagged lunches, which they enjoy in Pingry’s dining area, OR they can purchase lunch through Pingry’s add-on lunch option.
After lunch, there’s a “wildcard” session in which we do something different each day. Past wildcards have included:
- Master classes with Broadway, film, and TV performers
- Visits from film, TV and Broadway casting directors
- Audition workshops and clinics with Broadway agents and managers (some of our students were even “discovered” and signed by management as a direct result of these clinics)
- Workshops on set design, technical direction, and costuming
- Intensives in specialized dance styles such as hip-hop and tap
- Acting for Film, Television, and Commercials
Afternoon Session (Performance Workshop)
The last two hours of camp is our Performance Workshop, where campers break into performance groups to rehearse for the final performance.
Elefante Musical Theater Camp is divided into 4 age groupings:
- Rising Grades K – 1st also known as “The Littles”
- Rising Grades 2nd – 4th also known as “The Elems”
- Rising Grades 5th – 7th also known as “The Mids”
- Rising Grades 8th – 12th (or recently graduated), also known as “The Highs”
The “Elems”, “Mids”, and “Highs” follow the morning class rotation schedule as listed below within their respective age groups, but at lunchtime and beyond, all three groups combine for wildcards, small-group rehearsals, and full company rehearsals.
“The Littles” follow their own specialized schedule, which covers acting, singing, dancing, puppetry, arts & crafts and more, but which does not adhere to a set morning rotation. “The Littles” often combine with the other age divisions and with the full company to rehearse small- and large-group numbers, as “The Littles” are prominently featured in the Friday evening performance.