Summergglass Camp

Summergglass Camp

We keep our Summerglass campers moving as they take daily classes in physical theatre and acting! Mornings are dedicated to learning how to effectively tell stories through the art of physical theatre. Depending on the instructor, physical theatre skills may include tumbling, juggling, shadow puppetry, clowning, circus skills, and more! During afternoon classes, campers learn to use their actors’ tools – body, mind and voice- as they create an original adaptation of a Lookingglass play. At the end of each session, campers share their unique performance with friends and family live on stage.


Session 1: Treasure Island

June 19-30, 2017
Set sail with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling scalawags as Summergglass Session 1 explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s thrilling tale Treasure Island!

Session 2: Alice in Wonderland

July 3-14, 2017 (No camp on July 4)
Tumble down the rabbit hole and create a world beyond imagination with Summergglass Session 2 as we unearth the magic from Lewis Carroll’s acclaimed novel Alice in Wonderland.

Session 3: Around the World in 80 Days

July 17-28, 2017
Travel the world by steamer, train, ferry and elephant as Summergglass Session 3 races Around The World in 80 Days. Will we make it back to London in time?

Session 4: Peter Pan

July 31-August 11, 2017
Discover your own Neverland, complete with Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and pirates in Summergglass Session 4 as we chase our own shadows in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Session 5: Odyssey Adventures

August 14-25, 2017
Outsmart the Cyclops and voyage on the high seas with Summergglass Session 5 as we make history with Homer’s celebrated poem The Odyssey.

Summergglass Daily Schedule

Summergglass meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-3:00pm. The maximum enrollment for any given Summergglass session is 40 students. Each session, students are divided into two groups, according to grade level—the exact number of students in each group will differ according to session size. If you know a fellow Summergglass camper, and would like the students to be grouped together, you are welcome to submit a friend request, either by indicating your request during camp registration, or by calling our office at 773.477.9257 x193. While we always strive to group campers together, we cannot guarantee that every friend request will be honored, due to group size and entering grad level of other campers.

Pick-up and drop-off will occur on the south side of Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, which is located at 126 E Chestnut St. Lookingglass staff will meet Summergglass campers at their cars, and walk students to join the rest of the camp group, so that parents may remain in their cars. Parents are welcome to turn on their hazard lights while children unload. Our staff members will wear Lookingglass shirts for easy identification.

Our Summergglass staff includes two morning physical theatre teaching artists, two afternoon drama instructors, and two college interns. At any given time during the camp day, 2-3 adults are assigned to each group of campers. Over the course of each two week session, the Summergglass campers – with the guidance and support of our Summergglass staff – write, create, and perform an original adaptation of the session’s story! If you would like to learn more about our daily routine, please see the sample schedule below!

Summergglass Daily Schedule

8:40am – 9:00am: Drop off at Fourth Presbyterian

9:10am – 9:30am: All Group Warm Up & Ensemble Building Activities

9:30am – 9:40am: Bathroom/Snack Break

9:40am – 10:40am: Physical Workshop 1

10:40am – 10:50am: Bathroom/Snack Break

10:50am – 11:50am: Physical Workshop 2

11:50am – 12:00pm: Pre-lunch Transition

12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch/Free Play in Park

12:45pm – 12:55pm: Lunch Clean Up and Switch to PM Location

1:00pm – 2:45pm: Afternoon Drama Class/Rehearsal

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Clean Up & Head to Pick Up

3:00pm – 3:20pm: Pick up at Fourth Presbyterian


Returning Camper:

Receive 15% off initial registration during first month of registration

Season Subscribers:

Receive $20 off registration

Multiple Registrations:

Receive 10% off registration for each additional registration

For more camp discount details, please visit our FAQ page.

Scholarship and Payment Plans:

Click here for the Summer Camp 2017 Scholarship Application

Contact us regarding details for payment plans and scholarships at 773.477.9257 x193.

Summer Camp DVD

Click here to order a DVD of your camper’s performance.

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Ages Entering Grades 4-8

Tuition $670 per Session

Dates Sessions beginning June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, and August 14

Length 2 Weeks per Session

Days Monday – Friday

Time 9am - 3pm

Location Fourth Presbyterian Gratz Center at 126 E Chestnut