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Music and Drama Camp

Camp: June 7-11, 2021

Early-bird rate registration deadline: April 10
Registration closes: May 10
Audition forms with video links due: May 10

If you enjoy challenges in the performing arts and desire to make new connections, join campers from around the United States for an exciting week at Maranatha Music and Drama Camp! The Music Tracks provide optimal musical experiences and challenges for musical and personal growth. The Drama Track invokes the passion and energy of performing arts, both in front of and behind the curtain. In all tracks, workshops and recreational activities are balanced to provide campers with both learning and leisure time.

CHOOSE A TRACK!

BAND CAMPERS PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THREE BANDS:

  • Beginning Band | no band experience (a day camp from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM) Directed by Teresa Herbert

  • Cadet Band | one year of band experience (typically 6th or 7th grade) Directed by Trisha Taylor

  • Intermediate/Advanced Band | two or more years of band experience | Directed by Dr. David Brown

BAND CAMPERS…

  • Rehearse with the band.

  • Receive specialized instruction on their instrument: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Low Brass, or Percussion.

  • Sing in the camp choir (for those campers 12 by January 2021).

  • Participate in the afternoon General Music Electives.

BAND AUDITIONS:

  • After registration is completed and campers are in their designated rehearsal rooms, the band director will confirm whether they are in the correct band for their level and age. Additional adjustments may be made during the first scheduled rehearsal.

  • For questions regarding band track, email David Brown.

CINEMA TRACK OVERVIEW: 

Come and learn from professionals in the field of video and movie production. With our flexible learning setup, you will learn and grow through the week no matter your previous experience. You will improve your individual skills and learn to work with a creative team through collaborative projects. Areas to be covered through the week include:

  • Cinematography

  • Special Effects

  • Editing

  • Scripting

  • Team Work

  • Directing

CINEMA TRACK AUDITIONS:

  • No audition requirements for the cinema track.

  • Students must have completed at least their Freshman year of high school.

  • For questions regarding the cinema track, email Isaiah Kazarovich.

2021 MUSICAL: ALADDIN JR. (For those entering 7th grade and above)

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for you at this year’s Drama camp!

 

2021 COMEDY: THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

The Mouse that Roared adapted by Christopher Sergel. Based on the book by Leonard Wibberley.

When tiny Grand Fenwick’s only export, a specialized coffee, is ripped off by a company in California, their entire economy collapses. Things look dire until the young Queen Gloriana points out an important fact: no country that has declared war on the United States has ever gone hungry. Maybe a declaration of war seems a little drastic, but the Fenwickians are ready to take up arms for their country and their coffee. This mouse of a nation is ready to roar, and this time, they’re going to be heard.

Track description: This track includes special workshops on makeup and acting and features its own performance of a popular and engaging comedy! Roughly twelve senior high students will be selected during the audition period to be part of this production. The track will rehearse separately from the musical production but will join the camp for all other activities. A Thursday night performance will complete this camp experience. Campers in this track will put their newly-acquired makeup skills to the test by assisting with makeup preparations for Aladdin, Jr.

 

AUDITIONS:

AVAILABLE PIANO TRACKS:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

PIANO CAMPERS…

  • Take daily lessons with master teachers.
  • Have practice time every day during the private lesson time.
  • Be assigned a duet partner, choose a duet piece, and practice with a duet coach.
  • Be in an ensemble learning sight reading, playing by ear, and developing a level-specific piece for the concert.
  • Attend various piano-specific workshops.
  • Sing in the camp choir.
  • Participate in the afternoon General Music Electives.

PIANO AUDITIONS:

STAGE CREW TRACK OVERVIEW:

  • Enjoy all the fun of the stage, without standing in the spotlight. Join us for a week of technical theatre, where you will learn the basics of set construction, painting techniques, lighting, sound, and running a production from behind the scenes. You will help build an entire set in one week and see it “come to life” in the Drama Camp’s production.

  • Campers (grades 8-12) will be stretching flats, building frames and platforms, and painting scenes. They will learn about tool usage and safety, constructing moveable stages, production organization, stage movements, and lighting design, settings, and controls.

  • No previous experience is needed, as training will be provided for both beginning and experienced stagehands. Be sure to bring clothes for painting as well as black pants and a long-sleeved black shirt. Remember, in any production, the most important people wear black!

STAGE CREW AUDITIONS:

  • Stage crew campers do not have auditions, but campers need to report to the gym stage after completing registration.

  • For questions regarding the stage crew track, email Isaiah Oetken.

Music and Drama Camp has two string tracks

  • Intermediate Strings Track for those students in Suzuki books 2 and 3.
  • Advanced Strings Track for those students in Suzuki books 4 and up.
Age range Price Camp times Includes
For students going into 5th grade $95 Short-day camp – arrive at 9:30, leave at 5:00 Track time and lunch
For students who are 11 – 12 years old, but not 12 by January 2019  $220 Arrive for breakfast and leave after the evening service or stay with sponsors Choir, track time, 3 meals, and the evening service
For students 12 years old by January 2019 $310 (early bird) / $355 (after April 10) Full camp experience. Above opportunities plus  staying in the dorm

STRING CAMPERS…

  • Play in an orchestra or string ensemble.
  • Sing in the camp choir (for those campers 12 by the January before camp).
  • Participate in the afternoon General Music Electives.

MUSIC TO PRACTICE BEFORE CAMP:

  • See our listing of practice music as you prepare.
  • Listen to all the music via YouTube, preferably with parts and/or scores in hand.
  • Print and bring your orchestra parts with you to camp.
    • A letter from the instructors will be posted later.

STRING AUDITIONS for Advanced Strings (not intermediate):

  • There will be a short audition for seating on the Monday morning of camp. No one will be excluded from the orchestra on the basis of this audition. 
  • Read more about String Auditions
  • For questions regarding the strings track please email Lewis Rosove. or Miss Melody Steinbart (Intermediate).

CAMP FACULTY (assisted by MBU alumni and students)

David Brown

David Brown

Band and Choir

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Drama

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown

Piano

Isaiah Oetken

Isaiah Oetken

Stage Crew

June Brus

June Brus

Piano

Lewis Rosove

Lewis Rosove

Strings

Isaiah Kazarovich

Isaiah Kazarovich

Cinema

Melody Steinbart

Melody Steinbart

Strings and Choir

David Ledgerwood

David Ledgerwood

Piano and Choir

Janet Tschida

Janet Tschida

Piano

Christina Miller

Christina Miller

Drama

Amanda Warren

Amanda Warren

Comedy

You don’t spend all of your time with just drama, or string, or piano people. You get to branch out and broaden your horizons. Plus, the food is really great!

Kimberly McDaniel

Camper

Maranatha Band camp is a great opportunity for homeschooled students to get a chance to play in a band!

Seth Hudson

Camper

The best part about summer camp was the fact I was surrounded by people who were as dedicated to their instrument as I was. The teachers were the greatest encouragement to better myself for God’s glory.

Lizzie Conrad

Camper

As a parent, my mind was put at ease knowing that the girls were in the hands of exceptionally competent and caring instructors, leaders, and sponsors. We could not have been more pleased with their progress and experience after spending a week at Maranatha Band Camp.

Stephanie Griggs

Mother of Camper

I was encouraged to witness the incredible progress made by my students in one week of camp.

Dr. David Townsend

Freedom Christian School

We are surrounded by other musicians for the whole week, and we have access to many great musical professors and counselors...I look forward to Music Camp for months and count down the days until it begins!

Elizabeth Hudson

Camper

My girls and I LOVED our experience at Maranatha and I hope to bring more kiddos next summer to experience what we did! Such a unique opportunity, and combining music and summer camp together in a Christian atmosphere is an unbelievable experience. My girls sang "By the Gentle Waters" (from choir) at a family gathering as well as a homeschool co-op's talent show. Many experiences from their week of camp have influenced them. Even the hymn singing in the dorms at night had a huge impact. The effects of your camp go on and on.

Lynn Betzold

Volunteer/Mom of campers

Maranatha’s Music Camp not only is a great asset to learning my instrument, but it is also great fun!! The activities are great, I met new friends, and I learned lots of music.

Sarah Howell

Camper

I had an absolutely amazing time at camp and would recommend Maranatha’s Music and Drama Camp to anyone wanting to learn their instrument better.

Clayton Sparks

Camper

More Information

Registration & Payment Info

Registration:

  • Registration for 2021 begins February 1, 2021, and closes May 10, 2021.
  • All campers must register online.
  • Fee of $35 (please see Payment Policies below for further details)

2021 Camper Rates:

  • General Camp Tuition
    • by April 10: $310
    • after April 10: $355
  • Camp Tuition for those ineligible to stay in the dorms: $220
    • Campers not 12 by the January before camp are ineligible to stay in the dorms.
    • Campers are welcome to come for breakfast and stay through the evening service.
    • The $220 price does not apply for campers ages 12 and up wanting to stay home or off-campus.
  • Beginning Band (9:30-4:00) or Intermediate Strings (9:30-5:00) Day Camp: $95
    • For those students going into 5th grade
    • 9:30 AM – 4:00/5:00 PM and includes lunch

Payment Policies:

  • Online payments only, please.
  • A $35 non-refundable registration fee is due upon registration, which will not be processed until the $35 fee is received. COVID-19 EXCEPTION: We welcome those interested to register without paying the registration fee. As the time gets closer, we will communicate with you when your payment is due.
  • The registration fee of $35 is applied towards camper tuition.
  • Camp payments are due in full by June 1 for the purpose of an expedient camper check-in experience.
  • Refunds: Refund requests must be received in written form via email to Katie Potter. The registration fee is non-refundable, and refunds will not be given after June 1. COVID-19 EXCEPTION: in the case that camp will be canceled, all money, including the registration fee, will be refunded. 
Scholarship Information

Camp Scholarships for 2021

To be eligible for the scholarship:

  • This must be your first time attending Maranatha Music and Drama Camp
  • You must be entering your Junior or Senior year in High School.

To apply for a scholarship, complete the following by April 10:

  • Register for Music and Drama Camp, paying the non-refundable $35 registration fee.
  • Make a performance video playing your instrument.
    • Should be less than 5 minutes.
    • Upload the video to YouTube.
  • Complete the scholarship application where you will:
    • Submit the link to your video.
    • Write a paragraph explaining how you are currently using your skills and how you intend to use your skills in the future.
Camper Check-In Info

Camper Check-In Times:

  • Sunday night from 9:00-9:30 PM (please see info below on arriving on Sunday Night).
  • Monday morning from 8:00-11:00 AM

Immunization and Insurance Waivers:

Campers without insurance or up-to-date immunizations must sign waiver forms and bring them to camper check-in.

Arriving on Sunday night/leaving on Saturday:

  • Campers arriving on Sunday or leaving on Saturday are assessed a $15 fee per night and must indicate this on their registration form. For camper safety and supervision reasons, students not registered for the extra nights will not be allowed to stay.
  • Campers will be provided a continental breakfast on Monday and Saturday mornings.
  • Campers cannot arrive earlier than 7:00 PM on Sunday and must leave no later than 8:00 AM on Saturday.
  • Campers arriving on Sunday night will be attending an activity while camping staff have a meeting.

First/Last Meal:

  • The first meal is lunch on Monday (campers registering for early arrival will be provided a continental breakfast on Monday morning).
  • The last meal is supper on Friday.

Transportation to and from the airport:

  • Campers flying in for camp needing transportation should take the Badger Bus to Johnson Creek. Maranatha will provide transportation for campers to and from Johnson Creek, but will not be able transport campers to and from the airports directly.
  • Campers needing to be picked up from the Badger Bus stop in Johnson Creek should contact Katie Potter.
Contacting a Camper

Contacting Campers:

  • For non-emergencies during the week, please email Katie Potter. Katie will reply asap (within one business day at the longest).
  • We ask that parents only call camp in the event of an emergency. Please use the following numbers: 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM 920-285-9316 (Security Cell Phone). 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 800-622-2947 (MBU Admissions Office). We will then have the camper contact their parents as soon as they can be brought to a phone.
  • In the event a camper needs to make an emergency phone call, (s)he may do so with the assistance of a camp worker (all camp workers carry a cell phone, and the call can be made right away from their phone).

Cell Phone Policy: 

  • Cell phones will be collected from campers when they register and will be kept in a secure location. Campers may have their phones back on Thursday evening to take pictures their last day and half of camp.
  • Commuters should turn in their phones to their track leader or leave in their cars.
  • Note: Camp photographers will be taking photos throughout the week, and these photos will be available on Facebook.
  • Medical personnel are on site 24-7 and will contact the parent or guardian immediately in the event of a medical emergency.
Ages/What To Bring

Camper Ages:

  • Campers must be 12 years old as of January 1, 2021, or older to participate in evening activities and stay in the dorms.
  • Campers not 12 as of January 1, 2021, may arrive at breakfast and leave after the evening service or stay with sponsors.
  • Beginning band is for 10 year olds/campers going into 5th Grade campers. They arrive at 9:30 AM and leave at 4:00 PM (lunch included).
  • Cinema Track: going into 9th – 12th grade.
  • Piano campers under the age of 13 must play at an intermediate level or higher.
  • Stage Track: going into 8th – 12th grade
  • String players, see chart above in Track section about age and level.

Camper Dress Code:

  • Clothing should be appropriate for the specific camp and always modest. Campers wear modest shirts and loose-fitting pants/jeans or knee-length shorts/skirts for classes and rehearsals. Please, no tank tops (drama will wear tanks under their costumes).
  • Be sure to bring appropriate clothing for recreational activities. No swimming this year. Evening activities will be bowling and roller skating.
  • Those performing in the Friday concerts should wear dress pants/shirts and a tie for men and skirts/dresses for women. Campers attending concerts can wear normal camp dress.

What to Bring:

  • Please note, cell phones and tablets will be taken during registration and returned Thursday at supper. Commuters should leave their cell phones in their cars or turn them in to track leaders upon arrival on campus.
  • Personal items such as a towel, soap, sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, Bible (since you won’t have your phone), notebook, pencils, and alarm clock. Mark all personal items with camper’s name.
  • Bring all prescription (prescriptions must be in the original prescription container) and over-the-counter medicine to the check-in line in a quart-size ziplock bag with camper’s name, times for taking the medication, and dosage instructions written in permanent marker on the bag (non-transparent, quart-sized bags for privacy reasons are fine). Epi-pens and inhalers will be kept by the camper.
  • Indoor and outdoor shoes. Note: Campers using the gyms are required to change into a separate clean pair of non-marking shoes for indoor recreation. Shoes that mark the floors and muddy/dirty shoes are not permitted.

Track-specific Required Items:

  • Band: Please bring your instrument.
  • Cinema: nothing special to bring.
  • Musical/Drama: GIRLS – please bring closed-toed black shoes (flats, no heels), white tank tops for wearing under costumes (no lettering or symbols, etc.), a LONG and full/A-line black skirt AND/OR a pair of loose-fitting black DRESS pants (no skinny styles).  GUYS – please bring black DRESS shoes (no colored soles), dark socks, dark DRESS pants (no skinny styles), and white tank tops or t-shirts for wearing under costumes (no lettering or symbols, etc.).  ALL: No flip-flops will be allowed during rehearsal – please wear sandals with a back strap or sneakers/shoes. Also, please bring a pair of socks for use during rehearsal times.
  • Piano: Please bring music you would like to work on during the private lesson time with teachers, but also bring a nearly polished piece. Please also bring a binder, a hymnal, a metronome, a notebook, pencils, and a bag for your materials. We suggest that you label all of your books and materials with your name and phone number.
  • Stage Crew: Please bring a black shirt and black pants.
  • Strings: Please bring your instrument and assigned orchestra music.

Recommended Items:

  • Personal electric fan

What Not to Bring:

  • Air conditioners
  • Computers/media players
  • TV’s, electronics, etc.
  • Fireworks
  • Weapons such as knives/guns
  • Drugs/alcohol/tobacco products of any kind (prescription medications will be collected and distributed by the camp nurse).
Adult Volunteers
  • Adults may provide supervision from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am. Sponsors and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in this opportunity. Adults providing evening supervision may also participate with a camp track of their choice during the day if they desire. (You pay: $100 for Room/Board)
  • Adults may opt to stay in the dorms, but not assist with camp in any way. Note: If dorm space becomes an issue, adults may have campers from their group in their room. (You pay: $100 for Room/Board)
  • Adults may participate in camp. There is no cost to participate. Meal tickets can be purchased in the Dining Complex.
  • Adults may be on camp faculty (by invite only). (You receive: Meals and Small Honorarium)
  • Maranatha Baptist University students are encouraged to take advantage of a unique opportunity to work directly with Maranatha faculty and alumni while simultaneously earning academic credit. Learn the ins and outs of camp recruiting and camp/track planning before camp begins, and gain hands-on experience working with the campers and faculty during the week of camp. Selected college students will assist an assigned track during the day and provide dorm supervision in the evening (You receive: Room/Board and $150 towards travel expenses). Academic credit options include the following:

        -Music Education: No fieldwork credit is available.

-Piano/String Pedagogy: Fulfills 1 semester of fieldwork (for reporting fieldwork, see pedagogy fieldwork requirements). Piano pedagogy students graduating in fewer than 8 semesters may substitute a required semester of prep school student teaching with this option (with additional assignments). Obtain permission from Janet Tschida before applying.

-Any Music Degree Student: Fulfills 1 academic internship credit. No tuition will be assessed for this credit; however, you will need to pay the transcript fee of $25. See music internship course syllabus requirements for additional details. Obtain permission from David Ledgerwood before applying.

-Drama Productions: Internship in directing, stage work, or costuming (see DP Internship Requirements). Fulfills one required or elective course. Obtain permission from Jeff Miller before applying.

Adult Application

Application Steps:

ALL adults (18 and older), including all parents, sponsors, staff, and faculty, who are involved in any supervisory or participatory role in the camps and/or are staying overnight in the dorms MUST do the following:

For the safety of our campers, adults NOT complying with the above requirements will NOT be allowed to supervise/participate in the camp. No exceptions. Adults simply observing and not staying in the dorms do not need to complete the above requirements. Note to those staying in dorms: Please be careful not to bring anything that might be offensive to campers (computer games, music played, other pictures/paraphernalia, etc.).

FAQ
Contact questions:
  • Who can I contact if I have a question before camp? Please see the section below under Contact Info.
  • See Contact a Camper section above and Contact Info for camp staff below.

Accommodation questions:

  • Can campers stay in the dorms on Sunday/Friday night? Yes. See information above under Camper Check-In Info.
  • Can adults stay in the dorms on Sunday/Friday night? All adults in the dorms must complete the requirements for adults involved with camp delineated under the tab above entitled Adults Involved with Camp. We cannot make any exceptions to this policy.
  • Can adults stay at camp for the week? Yes, please see Opportunities for Adults listed above.

Schedule questions:

  • My child isn’t staying overnight. Where and what time should I pick him/her up? Please see the schedule in the button above.
  • What time are the performances on Thursday and Friday? Please see the schedule above.
  • Can family and friends attend the performances on Thursday and Friday? Yes. Please see the schedule above.
  • Do I need to pay for or reserve a ticket for any performance? No, just come early and grab a seat!
  • What do the students do in each of the tracks? Please see tabs above under the specific tracks.
  • Do campers do anything besides music and drama? Yes, Please see the schedule above.

Miscellaneous questions:

  • What should I bring/wear? Please see the section above under Ages/What to Bring.
  • What are the ages for Music and Drama Camp? Please see the section above under Ages/What to Bring.
Contact Info

If you still have questions after reading the website, please do not hesitate to contact us. For questions regarding…

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If you do not receive a prompt response (sometimes the spam filter blocks emails), please e-mail Katie Potter or call at 920-206-4047.  Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions in the section above.