Shows: July 24-26 (Camp A) | July 31-Aug 2 (Camp B)
Friday & Saturday nights 7:30pm | Saturday & Sunday matinees 2pm
Scroll down to read a letter from Nathan Cummings about his decisions regarding HAIRSPRAY.
Tuition for our four-week summer show camps includes:
- Learning valuable theater skills in a fun and inviting environment:
- Theater etiquette
- Creating a character
- Movement and dance for the actor
- Objective and obstacles
- Theater vocabulary
- Performing on a full set with lights, props, and costumes
- A camp t-shirt campers get to tie-dye
- 89 camp hours over four weeks (that’s around $7.30 per camp hour)
Online registration and payments are now open. No forms to download and email, simply click the link for the camp you’d like to enroll in. After you’ve read through the specifics and submitted your student information, have your credit card handy and follow the link to pay tuition online through our ticketing system. It’s that easy!
All registrations must be associated with either $250 Secure a Spot deposit OR a completed Scholarship Request form.
Once camp enrollment is full, we will start a wait list via email.
Please note our SUMMER CAMP REFUND POLICY:
- Before March 15, receive a full refund minus $50 processing fee
- March 16-31, receive half of tuition paid minus $50 processing fee
- After April 1, no refunds will be granted
- All refund requests must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Camp A
- For students entering 1st – 6th grades
- Tuition: $650
- 4 week camp: June 29 – July 24, Mon – Fri, 9am – 1pm
- Performances: July 24 at 7:30pm, July 25 at 2pm and 7:30pm, July 26 at 2pm
ENROLL IN CAMP A NOW, CLICK BELOW.
Show Camp B
- For students entering 7th grade and up
- Tuition: $650
- 4-week camp: July 6 – 31, Mon – Fri, 1:30pm – 5:30pm
- Performances: July 31 at 7:30pm, Aug 1 at 2pm and 7:30pm, Aug 2 at 2pm
ENROLL IN CAMP B NOW, CLICK BELOW.
Dear Cinnabar Families,
I want you all to know that the decision to mount Hairspray was one that was not hastily made. I think we can all agree that it is a fun show with great music, but I believe that there are virtues to this musical that transcend the typical theatrical experience. The very plot of the show illustrates the power that our youth can harness when issues of social justice arise. At Cinnabar, we are not simply producing shows in which children perform, we pride ourselves on ensuring that the process by which we create and rehearse a show are just as impactful as the performance itself. This includes everything from the way in which students interact and act towards each other, to the way in which the themes of the shows are communicated and understood by the children.
The choice to produce Hairspray was a bold one considering the demographics of Petaluma and the greater North Bay. With that in mind, it was Cinnabar’s intent to be culturally sensitive and inclusive. To this end, I hired a teaching artist who along with her extensive theater experience has 9 years of equity and anti-bias education training; she participated in an intensive year long program through Marin County Office of Education with Tarah Fleming and Nadia Taylor, and who is currently immersed in the Leadership for Equity and Opportunity (LEO) seminars hosted by Rise Together Bay Area and Marin Community Foundation. In addition to hiring a skilled teaching artist who has experience talking about culturally sensitive information with children, I also planned to reach out to the programs and agencies in our community to encourage and support children of color to enroll in our summer program. I planned on meeting with the non-white students and families who are currently within our program to talk about this show and how the Young Rep can better reach out to people of color. Finally, I reached out to Musical Theater International (MTI), the licensing company for Hairspray, to see if they have any guidance or information regarding non-diverse casting and this show. The authors of Hairspray have written a letter to the audience of any youth production regarding this matter. You can read that letter here.
Despite all our efforts to plan ahead and make this experience as powerful and respectful as possible, the one unknown aspect of the production is the racial, socioeconomic, or gender make up of this show before camp starts. We have received several emails from concerned parents and have decided that we are going to postpone the production of Hairspray, replacing it with another fantastic youth production. We realize this may be disappointing to some; it’s extremely disappointing to us.
We appreciate the trust and commitment of the families that join us each and every year for camps, shows and classes and look forward to our continued relationship.
Associate Artistic Director – Cinnabar Theater