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SUMMER CAMPS

Exploring

We currently provide annual summer camps at the Showboat Theatre in Hermann, Missouri, for students grades 2-8 and 9-12. We also offer day camps year-round for all ages! Our camps focus on teaching basic principles of acting: movement, projection, collaboration, and confidence. 

Our camps are suitable for students who are familiar with acting, but they are also great for those who have never experienced theater before. Alongside our talented staff, cast members will put on an original production over the course of just one to two weeks!

If your child is interested in our summer programs or you'd like to learn more, click the button below to contact us! We are happy to answer any questions and we are so excited to get to know you!

Summer Camps: What We Do
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SUMMER 2024 SHOWS

Our youth musical this year is called A Friend to Love, written by Brenna Jones with music and lyrics by Andre Harte! This show is a spoof of the Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, and tells the story of imaginary friends auditioning to be a kid's new best friend. 

Stay tuned for the reveal of our 2024 high school play!

Summer Camps: Welcome

PAST CAMPS

Take a look at what we've done so far! All of our youth production scripts will be available for purchase in the future.

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PUSHING DAFFODILS

June 26-July 1, 2023

Pushing Daffodils was our first ever high school production! It is a dark comedy with characters who you love to hate and a magical reality full of ghosts, wishes, and the end of the world! Fun fact: during our first production of this show, we encountered a town-wide power outage! 

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WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH CRETE?

May 22-June 17, 2023

For the first time in Half Act's history, we had to host TWO youth camps! What's the Deal With Crete? was incredibly successful, and it was the first time we explored ancient Greek stories and dramatic traditions. 

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HOW TO BUILD A PARACOSM

Showboat Theatre, Hermann, Mo
May 23-June 4, 2022

How to Build a Paracosm was Half Act's biggest show at the time, and it brought together local designers to create amazing technical effects! The show is about imagination and the challenges of navigating childhood, and it was our first time having adult actors work alongside our youth troupe!

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MAGICAL WORLDS IN MUNDANE PLACES

Hermann, MO
May 22, 23, 29, 30, & June 5,6, 2020

Because of COVID, we had to adapt the way we operated and decided to make a virtual promenade theater project that would involve many of the amazing historical places in our community. Magical Worlds is a series of short scenes that were written to bring out the joy and magic in our little town. 

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FLORA & FAUNA

Cancelled due to COVID

Flora & Fauna is Half Act's first ever musical! Unfortunately, due to COVID, we were forced to cancel camp, and our fantastic cast never got to perform the show. Flora & Fauna is a short, witty musical about two rival forces in the magic forest: the fairies and the imps. As a twist on the Romeo and Juliet narrative, an imp and a fairy become friends, forcing both sides to reconsider their hatred for the other. The music is original text set to public domain scores from Disney's Fantasia. 

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BOTTLED UP!

Showboat Theatre, Hermann, Mo
May 28-June 8, 2019

Bottled Up! was our second play at the Showboat Theatre and marked the official naming of the Half Act Theatre Co. It is a comedic show about the struggles of middle school. The main character, Margo, finds a genie in an old soda bottle and thinks all her problems are solved, but magic doesn't always give you what you need. 

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EMPORIUM

Showboat Theatre, Hermann, Mo
May 29-June 10, 2018

Emporium was our first youth show, making it very special to us. It is a satirical adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, asking the question: Shouldn't this factory have a lawyer?

Summer Camps: Past Events
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