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It will be a great summer this year with KidsAct!

This six-day learning experience for students entering grades 1-8 offers instruction in Shakespeare, stage combat, dance, and comedic improvisation from highly qualified, professional teaching artists. Students then perform in an hour-long showcase to be presented for friends and family in Starr Jaycee Park.

KidsAct! returned for the 2018 season July 30-August 3, 2018 with the showcase performance on August 4 at 11am.

Download KidsAct Registration Form 2018.

Healthy snacks and water are provided daily; however KidsAct! will not provide lunch. Be advised that this summer’s KidsAct! Program will again be nut free. It is suggested that each student bring a lunch packed with a beverage, insect repellent, and sun block. Loose, comfortable clothing appropriate to the weather, including a hat, is also recommended. For the comfort and safety of your student, we ask that NO Crocs, clogs or flip-flops be worn. Sturdy shoes that buckle or tie are required.

For the final performance, the students will be asked to wear black or navy blue pants, shorts, or skirts (no jeans, please!) Also, each student should wear a bright, solid-colored shirt free of logos or designs, along with dark colored, laced or buckled soft-soled shoes.

KidsAct! took place July 30-August 3, 2018 with the showcase performance on August 4 at 11am (students must arrive at the park by 10:00 a.m.). Drop off during the week begins at 8:30 a.m.; classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and pick up time is 3:00 p.m.

Download KidsAct Registration Form 2018.

We are so thrilled to work with your young performers this summer! Please feel free to email Education Director Patrick Nelson Hanley, at with any and all questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the program work?

A: Students are placed in groups according to age, and rotate between subjects throughout the day: Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Improv, and Dance. All through the week, students receive individual attention while our teaching artists assess each student’s strengths and growth areas.  All students will gain intensive experience in each subject area. The week culminates in a showcase performance in which each student is featured in at least two subjects.   Please advise your student that, while all students will learn all subjects, time constraints require that students may not perform all of them in the final show.

Q: Where exactly are the programs held?

A: Starr Jaycee Park is located on 13 Mile Road between Main and Crooks. Student drop-off and pick-up will occur in the central parking area by the main sign.

Q: What if I need to get a message to my child during camp? How can I reach someone in the park?

A: Program Director Patrick Nelson Hanley will ALWAYS have his cell phone on during program hours and will always be available to you for any questions or problems.

Q: What do we do if it looks like rain?

A: We have a rain location for heavy forecasts. It is Starr Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of 13 Mile Road and Crooks Road. If rain is likely, a teacher or member of the Water Works staff will contact you either the night before or the morning of classes to notify you of any location change.

Q: What if it starts to rain in the middle of the day?

A: There IS a sheltered area at Starr Jaycee Park, so don’t worry. If the rain fails to pass over, we may contact parents by phone to pick their students up early. If Patrick doesn’t already have your contact numbers, make sure you give them to her the first day of the program. Make sure you have an emergency contact listed so that we can reach someone at all times.

Q: When do the students have their show?

A: The last day of camp, Saturday, August 4, at 11:00 a.m. The students will perform in Starr Jaycee Park on the same stage as the professional actors!

Q: Do we need to reserve seats for the students’ performance?

A: No, there’s room for all your family and friends! Bring blankets, cameras, cushions, or short backed chairs for seating. Bug spray is recommended. Bleacher seating is also available.

Q: What does my child need to wear for the performance?

A: Solid colored shirts (NO logos, please) with black or dark blue pants or shorts. Shoes should be sturdy and have either laces or buckles to close. KidsAct! Is a very active program; for your child’s safety we DO NOT allow bare feet, Crocs, flip flops, clogs and other “slip-on” shoes. This goes for our instruction days, as well as the performances.

Still have questions? Feel free to call Patrick, or email him at See you in the park!

If you can’t make the audition, don’t worry – you can contact Patrick at to make other arrangements.