We shared a great summer with KidsAct!

This six-day learning experience for students entering grades 1-8 offers instruction in Shakespeare, safe sword-fighting and stage combat, and comedic improvisation from qualified, professional teaching artists. Students then perform in an hour-long showcase to be presented for friends and family in Starr Jaycee Park. (KidsAct! 2021 programming is subject to CDC health and safety requirements as of the date of the program.)

KidsAct! ran from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. August 2 – 6, with a showcase performance at 11:00 a.m. August 7, 2021.

2021 KidsAct! Rate: $250

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! sessions for the 2021 season took place August 2 – 6, 2021, with the showcase performance on August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Students must arrive at the park by 10:00 a.m. but parents may not enter the theatre until the House officially opens. 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.

We are so thrilled to work with your young performers this summer! Please feel free to email the Education Directors at with any and all questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Questions:

Where exactly are the programs held?
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.

What if I need to get a message to my child during camp? How can I reach someone in the park?
Call us at 248-399-3727 or email

What do we do if it looks like rain?
At this time in consideration of the health and safety of students, staff, and interns, if heavy rain is forecast before class begins, a Zoom session will be scheduled for the day. 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.

What if it starts to rain in the middle of the day?
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 we don’t already have your contact numbers, make sure you give them to us the first day of the program. Make sure you have an emergency contact listed so that we can reach someone at all times.

KidsAct! Questions:

When do the students have their show?
The last day of camp, Saturday, August 7, at 11:00am. The students will perform in Starr Jaycee Park on the same stage as the professional actors!

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

What does my child need to wear for the performance?
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, or other “slip-on” shoes. This rule applies for the entirety of the program.

Do you still have questions? Feel free to call us at 248-399-3727 or email See you in the park!


Kelly Komlen (Director of Education) spent two summers performing with Shakespeare Royal Oak, playing Viola in Twelfth Night and Phoebe in As You Like It.

She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wayne State University and completed post-graduate studies with the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.

Currently, she is serving as the Theatre Director at Ferndale High School.

Katarina Moore (Assistant Director of Education) is a local educator and artist native to Royal Oak.

She works as a public speech and debate coach for The Roeper School and has worked with many local theatre companies in their education programs over the last five years.

A product of the Shakespeare Royal Oak KidsAct! and Teen Ensemble programs, this will be her sixteenth year in the Park.