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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Launched in 2009, Herndon High School's Summer Grand Musical Theatre Experience is a camp for rising sixth graders to graduating seniors, with varying performing arts backgrounds and interests. Inspired by the magic of the reveal behind the main curtain, also known as the “grand” drape, the charter of the Summer Grand is to stage a fabulous production of a popular high school musical with just a few weeks to pull it all together! This popular camp aims for a careful balance of artistic excellence, discipline, comradery, and fun, and it values process as much as the product. Students learn and apply skills and talents to create an entertaining show. Equally important, they also experience a memorable artistic journey, filled with trying new things, making friends, and working as a team as they grow in confidence and ability.
The Summer Grand for Performing Artists runs July 1st-28th, and the Summer Grand for Tech and Crew runs July 8th-28th. Both camps run 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on weekdays, excluding July 4th. On select weekends and/or evenings, students will have opportunities to perform hands-on work, like set construction/painting, as well as the culminating activity—three full-length performances of a family-friendly musical.
As Herndon High School is under construction, the camp will be held at nearby Dranesville Elementary, 1515 Powells Tavern Place, Herndon, VA 20170.
The three performances will be held on July 26th, 27th, and 28th at Herndon Middle School, 901 Locust Street, Herndon, VA 20170.
The camp does not offer before/after care.
Students bring nut-free lunches and eat as a group.
The number and type of camp staff vary per production and attendance, and the number complies with required FCPS staff to student ratios. Adults in Director positions have significant education, training, and experience in their fields. Students in Counselor positions are mature, hardworking, self-starters committed to sharing their love of the performing arts. All are current FCPS employees and/or undergo FCPS employee processing prior to the camp. Additionally, the camp relies on volunteers. Those who are not volunteering family members of Summer Grand students undergo FCPS volunteer processing.
At least one staff member, with training in first aid and CPR, will be present during the regular camp hours of 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
A typical day begins with a whole-group warm-up, after which students break off into smaller groups, where, as applicable, they will learn/practice acting, singing, dancing, and/or technical theatre skills. Students eat lunch together, and they end the day as a whole group as well. Closer to the performances, cast members and tech/crew students rehearse scenes together. As with any production, there is downtime when students are not called for a particular scene. During this time, students choose among rehearsing independently/in small groups, playing theatre arts games, watching the rehearsal process, or completing hands-on projects in support of the production.
Students should wear comfortable clothing, such as T-shirts and shorts, in which they can move easily and discreetly in all directions. They also should wear closed-toe shoes, such as tennis shoes. When working with heavy tech and/or construction, students should also wear gloves and clothing in which they may paint, handle lumber, etc. Tech certified students who work with any saws under adult supervision must also wear protective goggles.
Students and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) complete the high-level online registration form and submit a non-refundable $35 registration fee. At that time, they receive a reminder about the full camp fee, which must be paid no later than May 1st. Camp fees are non-refundable.
Performing Mentors (Rising 11th to Graduating 12th Graders with Experience): $200/student + $35 registration
All Other Performers: $500/student + $35 registration
Tech/Crew Mentors (Rising 11th to Graduating 12th Graders with Experience): $35 registration
All Other Tech and Crew: $375/student + $35 registration
They also receive a request to complete a Commitment Form and the FCPS Emergency Care Information Form. Performing Artist campers turn in these forms at audition time, which is in late May/June. Tech/crew campers turn in these forms at that time and/or arrange another time to do so at least one week before the Summer Grand begins.
Students also provide their own lunch as well as their own personal makeup and undergarments to wear under costumes, as and if directed.
The camp fee covers students’ participation in the camp and performances. It also includes a camp T-shirt and two free tickets to one of the performances.
The camp benefits HHS Drama Boosters Club, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that directly supports Herndon High School Theatre Arts.
All Summer Grand families will receive email updates from Herndon.Theatre.Boosters@gmail.com.
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