THEATER CAMP - A Summer Your Kids Will Never Forget!

Theater Camp for Kids in North Brunswick, New Jersey
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Are you ready to give your kids a summer they’ll never forget? Then you are ready to sign them up for our Theater Camp at Middlesex County College! Summer 2014 marks the 25th year of our very popular, national award-winning camp program that runs for 8 weeks and is geared for kids entering 1st grade up to 16 years old.

We provide a safe environment where campers can learn about all aspects of musical theater with an emphasis on building confidence and self-esteem – and all levels of experience or no experience at all are welcome!

Taubenslag’s Theater Camp is held on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center on campus in an air-conditioned, comfortable and clean environment. Our camp is supervised by New Jersey Teachers with combined experience of over 40 years in teaching and children’s theater so you can be sure your child is cared for with an experienced and dedicated staff. And most of our camp counselors were campers themselves; many have grown up in the program and had so much fun they didn’t want to leave!

Campers Performing in Middlesex County children's theater show

Our Theater Camp is a welcoming place where all campers feel accepted and form life-lasting friendships – the majority of our campers return year after year – a testament to our successful programming and professional staff. We are also so proud of the hundreds of heart-warming thank you letters from satisfied parents and kids – just scroll down to the bottom of the page for a sampling of these Theater Camp success stories to see what makes our camp as special as it really is!

Theater Camp is available for both half-day and full-day sessions. Before and after care is also available on campus.  Taubenslag’s Theater Camp at Middlesex County College is an amazing, unique day camp where your child can develop their confidence and talent in a safe and fun-filled environment. Keep reading for all the details and options available.

Seven Performances in Eight Weeks, Give All Kids a Chance to Shine!

Children performing Rumplestiltskin in theater campDuring the first six weeks, campers will produce an elaborate musical production EACH WEEK! Weeks 7 & 8 are reserved for the annual “Broadway Spectacular”. Roles are provided for all campers. Campers rehearse from 9 am to 12 noon, Monday through Thursday and perform their musical productions twice every Friday morning on the Main Stage of the MCC Performing Arts Center. Fridays’ shows are at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.

Theater Camp is More Than Just Theater!

Campers swimming during Taubenslag Production's theater camp for kidsCampers performing Greased LightningAfter a lunch break, our afternoons are filled with tons of FUN activities, including swimming every day, scavenger hunts, tie dye, charades, sing down, relay races, carnival, Mardi Gras, outdoor games, arts & crafts, theatrical workshops, dances and much, much MORE!

During our last week of the summer we divide campers into teams for our popular Color War!

Taubenslag's Theater Camp provides the best of what you would expect a day camp to offer – our unique method of building kid's self-esteem and confidence with performance and theater arts training is set in an exciting, fun-filled camp environment! Click here to check out some of the fun photos from Theater Camp.

Fantastic Fridays

Fridays are truly fantastic at Theater Camp! First, our campers perform for a packed audience on the Main Stage of the MCC Performing Arts Center. Two shows are held every Friday at 9:30 am and 11 am. After lunch and a quick dip in the pool, there's always a fun-filled cast party to celebrate the performance and cap off the week’s activities. Cast parties are complete with current music, lights, group dances and contests with prizes. And each week the cast party is themed, such as monster mash, rock star day, Halloween dance, pajama party, dress as your favorite superhero, beach bash party and Theater Camp prom. It all adds up to a summer camp experience full of excitement and fun.

Camp Trip to New York City! (Session III only)

For full-day campers in Session III will get to experience the magic of seeing a professional show in NYC; some for the very first time! Theater Campers will take a field trip to see  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway starring Broadway veteran and Tony Award Nominee, Norm Lewis.  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Broadway's longest running musical and will provide our Theater Campers with an exciting and memorable experience.

 

Here's a look at Theater Camp's daily schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 am Drop-off and preparation for the day
9:00 am – 12 noon Monday-Thursday: Regular Rehearsal, Tech or Teen Scenes Options
Friday: Two Show Performances; @ 9:30 am and 11 am
12 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch – brought from home or purchased in college cafeteria
1:00 pm Pick-up for half-day campers
1 – 2:00 pm Outdoor Recess (weather permitting). Supervised age-appropriate outdoor activities such as kickball, Frisbee, freeze-tag, four-square, puzzles and guitar sing-a-long; playing outside, enjoying the day!
2 – 3:00 pm Swimming in College’s Olympic-size indoor pool. All children are required to pass a swimming test if they choose to swim in the deeper diving area.
3 – 3:30 pm Snack time – brought from home or purchased on campus
3:30 – 4:30 pm Fun activities or theater workshops. Activities include advertise a product, carnival, flashlight sing-a-long, etc. Workshops include audition prep, improv techniques, dance instruction, stage make-up and more.
4:30 – 5pm Pick-up

Tech Option for 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th Graders

(Available Sessions I & II only)

Theater Tech Summer Camp in New JerseyInstead of rehearsing and performing in the weekly shows, we also offer campers the option to participate in “Tech”. From 9 am to 12 noon, Tech campers paint scenery, organize props, and sew and design costumes. During performances, Tech campers function as the stage crew, making sure that sets, scenery, props and costumes are in place. This is an option that requires maturity and the ability to follow direction – perfect for learning what a crew does to make each theatrical performance a success.

Teen Scenes Option for 8th, 9th & 10th Graders

(Available Sessions I & II only)

Teen Scenes by Taubenslag ProductionsIn Teen Scenes, participating kids have the opportunity to prepare a special teen production. At the end of Session I and Session II, a “Teen Scene” show is performed for parents, community members and all Theater Campers. Also during each of the regular Friday performances, those in Teens Scenes will act as ushers and theater managers, giving them the opportunity to develop new skills. We expect all teens that are privileged to participate in this special program to adhere to the program rules and be ready to work each and every day.

Counselors in Training (CIT) Program for 10th Grade and older

Kids having fun playing Tug of War at summer campAre you interested in earning recommendations from camp directors, adding skills to your college application and becoming a member of the Theater Camp Staff in the future?  If so we have a Counselor in Training Program designed to give you the skills needed in order to be an excellent counselor in the future – while you continue to perform and participate in our theatrical productions and have FUN in all Theater Camp activities.

With our CIT program, emphasis is placed upon developing leadership skills, communicating with children, team building, assisting with workshops and participating in fun camp activities while shadowing counselors and staff.  As a CIT you will be responsible for a variety of tasks such as coordinating a group or program activity, directing a song or scene, choreographing a dance number or acting as Main Stage Theater staff on show days.  CIT’s are also encouraged to participate in Teen Scenes.  CIT's are expected to remain for the full day; 8:30 to 4:30, every day of the sessions they register for.

Although CIT groups are primarily made up of former campers the program is open to anyone who is qualified.  If you think that your unique experiences and abilities could enhance the experience of our Theater Campers, then apply for the CIT program.

Junior Counselor (JC) Program for 11th Grade and Older

Requires CIT Program Prerequisite

Junior Counselor Program - North Brunswick, New JerseyOur Junior Counselor program gives former CITs between the ages of 16 and 18, the chance to return to Theater Camp in a role that allows them to gain further leadership experience and hands-on training, while relating to peers and supervisors in a work setting. Junior Counselors serve as a role model for Theater Campers, assisting with camp activities and serve as leaders in camp spirit and motivation with a “you can do anything” attitude. Junior Counselors provide positive leadership, guidance and are responsible for assisting Counselors with all tasks including the supervision of Theater Campers, having knowledge of the whereabouts of each assigned camper at all times, maintaining good public relations with parents and college staff and acting as Main Stage Theater staff on show days. In the Junior Counselor role, you will continue to grow as a mentor while adding to your job hunting resume or college application and increase chances for future Theater Camp employment. JCs are expected to remain for the full day; 8:30 to 4:30, for the full summer.

OPTIONS & PRICING

We are one of the most fun and affordable Summer Theater Day Camps in all of New Jersey. Our full 8 week program is the best and most economical way to give your child a summer they’ll never forget. Feel free to compare our competitive pricing and options.

Camp, Tech and Teen Scenes

SESSIONS I, II and III: June 23 - August 15

Boys enjoying snowcones during theater camp8 Week Full-Day Summer Package = $1,795*

Includes Trip to NYC

*A savings of $305, available to campers who enroll for the entire 8 week program.

SESSION I Only: June 23 - July 11 (No camp on July 4th)

3 week session

Colorful PerformersShow Productions: 
Week 1 – The Legend of Bully Jo
Week 2 –Theater Camp Variety Show
Week 3 – Peter Pan (Brand New Score & Production!)
Half-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm = $350
Full-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $725

Note: If your child attends a school that has extended the school year due to snow days (East Brunswick, Highland Park, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Sayreville, Somerset/Franklin) you may register for Weeks 2 & 3 at a prorated cost.  However, the 8 week full day/full summer pricing discount would not apply. Children can also begin camp on June 24th or June 25th and the cost for the full Session #1 would still apply.

SESSION II Only: July 14 - August 1

3 week session

Happy Theater Campers in Middlesex County, NJShow Productions:
Week 4 – Oliver Twist
Week 5 – Puss in Boots
Week 6 – Mary Poppins
Half-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm = $350
Full-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $725

SESSION III Only: August 4 - August 15

2 week session

Show Production: The Broadway Spectacular
Half-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm = $275.
Full-Day, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $650 (Includes Trip to NYC)

Counselors in Training (CIT) Program Requirements:

CITs must register for a minimum of 2 sessions. Admission is by application only.

To qualify to be a CIT, you must be at least 15 years of age or entering sophomore year of high school.  As a CIT, you should possess leadership qualities and conduct yourself as a good example for campers.  It is important that you have endless enthusiasm, individual maturity, moral character, team qualities and communication skills.  All CIT applicants must write a letter to our director, Michael Taubenslag, detailing these skills and experiences and reasons for wanting to be a CIT at Theater Camp. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE HOME PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS. Accepted applicants will be personally notified by Michael Taubenslag. All letters should be emailed to theatercamp@optonline.net or michael@taubenslagproductions.com. Letters may also be faxed to (732) 422-7072.

Summer Campers - Taubenslag Productions

CIT Session I: June 23 - July 11

3 week session

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $275

CIT Session II: July 14 - August 1

3 week session

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $275

CIT Session III: August 4 - August 15

2 week session

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm = $275 (Includes Trip to NYC)

Junior Counselor Program Requirements:

JCs must register for the full summer. Admission is by application only.

Junior Theater Camp Counselor Program in North Brunswick, NJTo qualify to be a JC, you must be at least 16 years of age or entering junior year of high school. JCs must have an understanding of how Theater Camp works and because of this must have at least one summer of experience as a Theater Camp CIT. JCs must have shown some leadership ability and use of sound judgment, a demonstrated patience and desire to work with children, a positive outlook and enthusiasm for the Theater Camp program and ability to be a positive role model for campers. It is important that you have endless enthusiasm, individual maturity, moral character, team qualities, and communication skills.

All JC applicants must email our director, Michael Taubenslag, for specific registration information. INCLUDE YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS and send to: theatercamp@optonline.net or michael@taubenslagproductions.com.

REGISTRATION is EASY!

Campers performing in Car on stage during theater campWhen you are ready to sign your child up, registration is an easy process and handled directly by Middlesex County College. Register in person at Crabiel Hall, Room 110, located on campus nearest to Parking Lot #1. Be prepared to bring your child’s immunization records. Middlesex County College is located at 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08818. You may also register via mail by sending payment and health forms to Middlesex County College, Crabiel Hall, Room 110, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, PO Box 3050, Edison, NJ 08818-3050. Forms may also be faxed to MCC at (732) 906-2521. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. If you have questions about camp registration, call MCC at (732) 906-2556.

If you have any questions about Theater Camp and its activities, call Taubenslag Productions at (732) 422-7071.

Our Exciting 2014 Summer Theater Camp Show Schedule

Campers performing AnnieYou're  invited to join in the fun and attend Taubenslag's Theater Camp performances at Middlesex County College! Every Friday Taubenslag's Theater Campers perform their musical productions on the Main Stage of the Middlesex County College Performing Arts Center. Our shows are always open to the public. All productions have scenery, colorful costumes and many special effects. It’s fun & exciting for children of all ages! There are 6 shows to choose from – attend 1, 2, 3 or ALL! Shows are performed every Friday at 9:30 am and 11 am. Each show is approximately 1 hour. Tickets are only $3 each and sold at the box office located in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Box Office opens at 9 am on show days. Only cash is accepted.
No credit or debit cards. Anyone over the age of 2 years old must have a ticket to enter the theater. Parking is available in
Lots #1, 3 & 4. So come on out, see a great show and help support our Theater Campers. You are sure to have a wonderful theater experience!

2014 SHOW SCHEDULE

Friday – June 27
The Legend of Bully Jo
Thursday – July 3
Theater Camp Variety Show
Friday – July 11
Peter Pan
Friday – July 18
Oliver Twist
Friday – July 25
Puss in Boots
Friday – August 1
Mary Poppins
Friday – August 15
The Broadway Spectacular

Attention Neighboring Camps and Schools

Neighboring camps and schools are also invited to attend ALL of our shows. This is a unique opportunity to add a field trip to your summer curriculum – bring your kids to a live theater show – parents will love it and your kids will love it even more! If you want to bring your camp or school to see a performance, just give us a call to reserve your show tickets in advance. Remember its only $3 a ticket to see a live performance. Call us today to RESERVE seats or let us know if you need for more information.

Kids Succeed at THEATER CAMP!

We are so proud of our Theater Camp program which builds self-esteem and confidence while enhancing the creativity and theater skills in children of all ages. Our motto, “When you try your best, you can do anything”, truly embodies the spirit of our camp. We are very proud of the countless letters and thank you notes received each summer as a testament to our campers’ success. Here are just a few:

“This is Srihari’s 4th year in Theater Camp and he enjoys every bit of it. Srihari has been a late talker and since his speech came late his social skills and his auditory and receptive comprehension skills have been delayed. We decided to introduce him to Theater as a series of studies on the arts and education revealed a close link between Theater and the improvement of a variety of verbal skills, including significant increases in story recall and understanding of written materials.First time when he came to the Theater Camp, he was shy, anxious and lonely. Today, he wants to audition for every role. Theater has helped Srihari gain highly effective experiences in developing speaking and listening skills. This is one place where he is never judged. Success and pride and camaraderie, often so very illusive to kids with learning delays, are among the many benefits Srihari found in the Theater Camp. A dream come true perhaps for a lonely child who ached to be part of something wonderful and realized his potential. Thank you for giving Srihari the love, encouragement and a belief that “if he tries hard, he can do anything in life”.
Regards,


Jayashri and Yamumnm

“I began attending Michael Taubenslag's Theater Camp in 1996 when I was just 6 years old. I was a camper every single summer until I was old enough to become a counselor in 2006. The eleven summers I spent at Theater Camp are still to this day some of my fondest childhood memories. I not only established lifelong friendships at camp, but also learned the value of teamwork. Michael's camp was the first place that I was able to work together with children my own age towards a common goal and experience the fabulous feeling of success and accomplishment every Friday morning as we performed our shows for full houses of cheering children and parents.The summer that I served as a member of the staff, I really grew to understand how much I was influenced by my summers at Theater Camp. As I watched my campers discover the joy of performing, forge relationships and begin to grow and find themselves, I realized that is precisely what my eleven summers had done for me.
I credit my passion for theater to Michael Taubenslag and the wonderful program that the Taubenslag family has been offering the community for decades. As a professional actress now living in NYC and pursuing theater as a career, I can safely say that my summers with Michael at Theater Camp instilled in me a love for theater and performing that I will never be without. THANK YOU, MICHAEL!


Jackie Nuzzo

“This summer, like the last two summers, my children will be attending your summer Theater Camp at Middlesex County College. The program that you put together is incredible. My kids love performing in a different show every week. Unlike a traditional day camp, getting the kids on stage does something amazing for them. I have seen their confidence and self-esteem grow. They have also learned how to work together to complete their weekly show. The Staff is also awesome with the kids. The experience of getting up in front of an audience will translate into a life skill that will absolutely benefit them for a lifetime. Besides being in the show, they love swimming in the pool and playing all the fun camp games you have come to expect from a day camp. They have already bonded with lots of other kids and developed friendships.As a kid myself, I attended your dad’s summer theater in East Brunswick. Some if my best memories are from that program. Mike – thanks for continuing the magic with you and your staff. This is an endorsement for your program, simply because it rocks! See you in the summer.”


Jeffrey Winston

Thank you for giving Alana the best summer of her life. I’ve never seen her enjoy a camp experience like she did this one! You do an unbelievable job with the kids. My husband and I were so impressed. Alana will absolutely see you next summer!Love,


Donna and Peter P.

Don’t know whether you receive many thank yous but if you don’t, you really should. My son absolutely loves theater camp. And it is because of the wonderful group of people you have working with/for you. I notice that you have quite a strong presence about you which sets the tone for the actors, counselors and also for the audience. I have enjoyed all of the shows (there is an incredible amount of talent up there on stage) and he has looked forward to every single one of them – I have too. Thank you for selecting him to receive an award for a well-behaved and conscientious child. I am blessed w/2 wonderful children and my son really, really has a good heart. And while I realize that this award could have been given to any number of these children, I need to tell you that being recognized meant the world to him and is something he will undoubtedly remember for the rest of this life.You’re a good man! Thank you again.Take Care,


Deborah A.

My daughter is generally a shy and studious person who practically transformed before our eyes into this confident and more outgoing person than I’ve ever known her to be. Your Theater Camp helped facilitate that transformation as it did for many other kids in the experience. She has been going these last three years and loving it but never more than this year. Your magic is beyond description – and my child is already talking about being a CIT next year. I know I speak for countless people who witnessed the performances and stood applauding. Thank you making such a memorable contribution to our daughter’s life,


Donna R.

“I started going to Theater Camp when I was 8 years old and immediately fell in love! I remember coming home every day singing new songs and talking to my parents about how much fun my group had with our counselors! I loved everything about camp; the plays, lunch time, recess, the competitions and of course color war! The colorful and friendly atmosphere at Theater Camp allowed me to break out of my shell as a performer and person. Before I went to camp, I was a very shy girl who didn’t really like meeting new people, however after one summer at MCCTC; I turned into a social butterfly. I’ve met some of my best friends at camp and some of the best moments of my life happened there. I remember the summer that my mom passed away my entire group made me a card and sang me a song to help me cope with her loss. I remember being so happy knowing that I had an amazing support system at camp and that no matter what happened, my counselors and fellow group members would always be there for me! Other amazing memories include when I got my first singing solo at age 9, when I played my first lead role as Princess Kookamunga at age 12 and when got my first real job as a counselor when I was 16! I loved being a counselor because I got to see children go through the same sort of social metamorphosis that I did when I was camper. I was able to celebrate with the kids who got their first lead role, practice with kids who were auditioning for their first time and most importantly I got to teach kids that they can be whoever they want to be and do whatever they want to do if they try their best! By far the greatest moment of my camp experience was my last summer when I saw the children who were my first group of campers excel as counselors in training! Seeing them grow from the little kids who made “Alphabet Soup” for their carnival booth & played “Munchkins” in the Wizard of Oz to the young adults who were leading their groups and playing was magical to see! I am so glad that my mom signed me up for Theater Camp because it truly has made me a brighter, happier and better person! Thanks to Michael and all of my friends, counselors and campers for an amazing 14 years!!!”Love,


Latisha Di Venuto

I want to thank you for another wonderful summer! This is my daughter’s 2nd summer with your program. She has truly blossomed and gained self-confidence thanks to all of your hard work. You have a wonderful staff that is devoted to making each child feel special. It is a comfort to know that Marissa is well taken care of each day. We’re looking forward to next summer!


Bonnie L.

There are not enough words to express my gratitude and joy! This is my daughters’ first year of camp and they wished it would never end! Thank you for your hard work, passion and dedication as well as your awesome staff! We hope to see you next year and many more! Thanks for such a memorable summer!


Jennifer R.

Just wanted to pass on some interesting nice news. A friend of mine works at Sacred Heart School in South Amboy. She told me a story about this young boy who was in a school play recently. He’s very cute, shy and not at all forward. Apparently he was the hit of the play and everyone was surprised! She said after the play everyone wanted to know how he pulled it off and the father said all the credit needs to go to the Theater Camp at Middlesex County College and Michael. He sent him here to the summer camp last year to help him over his shyness and to gain confidence in himself, apparently it worked.


Gayle I.

As a parent, I am very involved with how my son spends his time. The time my son has spent at the Michael Taubenslag Theater Camp has been wonderful. I am thrilled with how the camp is run and the way the children are handled. Michael and the counselors are terrific with the kids! I am very impressed with the way they keep so many kids well behaved and at the same time so involved and excited! Anyone who has seen a production cannot believe how such a show can be pulled together in less than a week. More important than that, however, is the camaraderie between the children and the instructors. It was such a good experience that my son was signed up for the whole summer, even though he began with only session 1. I want to thank you for offering such a program at your college where children are free to express themselves in such a safe and nurturing environment. How nice to look forward to summer as a time when my son can be together with other children in such an enriching way! We will be seeing you next summer and spreading the word in the meantime!Sincerely,


Hallie G.

What I learned at MCCC Theater Camp last year…

  • That passion for the things you love will drive you to strive for excellence, especially if those around you are giving you unquestioning support and encouragement
  • That you don’t have to swim everyday if you don’t want to, instead, you can sit with counselors and CITs and learn about leadership and kindness by simply observing them interact with each other’s and their campers
  • That EVERYONE matters, because even the 55th dwarf can get a laugh!
  • That at MCCC Theater Camp you can be yourself and be loved, encouraged, and celebrated by a group of people that will become lifelong allies and supporters of everything you do
  • That whether you are performing in your local school, in regional theater or sailing the high seas on the cast of a Disney Cruise line… your lifeline and biggest fan base will always be the MCCC Theater Camp crew
  • That even the smallest camper can have a big impact, taking away everyone’s breath as he bravely steps out onto a dark stage, alone… carrying a strike sign and singing “Open the gates and SEIZE THE DAY!”

As parents, we cannot think of better lessons our son Noah could have learned and taught us in his first year at MCCC Theater Camp. Like him, we have been looking forward all year to another summer of great experiences, fantastic performances and new lessons for all of us. His registration for 2013 is in the mail!


Gloria G.

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