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Learn and Engage

Part of HSRT’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for the youth in our community. We hope that by providing these experiences, participants will develop a lifelong love of theatre.

Register now  Registration for our theatre workshops are now open. This seasons camps, classes and workshops are:

Elephant and Piggie's We Are Going to Learn About Theatre!
Explore your imagination in Elephant and Piggie's world using drawing, movement, verbalization and team-building games. Students will create and inhabit original characters with Elephant and Piggie artists on the HSRT set! (3– young 5s) (Grades: K–2)
Play it Cool... Real Cool with West Side Story
Students will be introduced to acting, singing and dancing by learning a show-stopping number straight from the source: the cast members of  West Side Story. Our artists will help build students' confidence, work ethic, focus and cooperation at this high-energy workshop. (Grades: K–2; 3–6)
High School Theatre Apprentice Company
This intensive is geared toward high schoolers looking to go deeper with their skills, and gain experience working with a professional theatre company. HSRT artists will work with apprentices on a performance to be shown in different locations in Holland, and a showcase/reception with the HSRT community on July 21 at 2 p.m.. Apprentices will also shadow rehearsals and company events, and will each receive a mentor in HSRT's professional company. (Lunch included — Hope College Cafeteria) (Grades: 8–12)
Emerging Artist Initiative

HSRT is excited to announce a new initiative for high school students. This audition-based, tuition-based company of young people will present Cinderella, a new twist on a favorite story created by Artistic Director Lenny Banovez, with music by Jessica McIlquham. Directed by Benjamin Lohrberg, students will be immersed in a professional theatre experience and will have professional director, designers and actors to guide them through the production process. Students who are cast will receive masterclass, workshop and free conservatory sessions.

 

Conservatory Series
This series will cover all aspects of performance (acting, singing, dancing, auditioning for the actor) it provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced performance skills. (Save $75 with entire series, each session is also offered individually for $45) (Grades: 5–7; 8–12)
Improv Camp
Learn elements of storytelling, teamwork and creative collaboration in this week-long introduction to Improv! Improv Camp will give students the tools and freedom to let their zaniest, silliest ideas become cooperative scenes and stories. (Grades: 3–8)
Fractured Fairy Tales
Post-apocalyptic Rumpelstiltskin? Sure! The story of Alice and Wonderland told entirely by robots? Sounds great! This class is perfect for aspiring writers, actors, directors and artists alike. Students will be given a theme at the beginning of the week, and the opportunity to develop, write and perform their own original take on a time-honored story. (Grades: 3–8)

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Financial assistance and scholarships are available to students interested in participating in one of our many classes, camps and workshops. Complete the application to apply.

Scholarship application 

Social Stories & Sensory Tools

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is committed to ensuring that each of our productions is accessible to all of our patrons. 

Through consultation with the "live, work, play, worship" organization Benjamin’s Hope and a generous donation from Vera Bradley, HSRT has launched a sensory-friendly initiative to provide tools and materials to enhance the theatre experience for patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

"Going to the Theatre" Social Story

The social story, “Going to the Theatre,” is a visual guide that walks audience members through every step of the process — from picking up a ticket to safely exiting the theatre.

View the visual guide for the DeWitt Main Theatre 

View the visual guide for the DeWitt Studio Theatre 

Performance Guides

Individual performance guides are available for each production, containing show-specific information, such as triggering moments like loud noises, audience interaction, startling special effects and anticipated applause. The 2019 guides will be coming soon!

 

Sensory Bags

Sensory bags can be checked out at no cost from the Guild Store and are equipped with tools to help patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities adapt to and experience an immersive theatre experience. These bags contain noise dampening headphones, squeeze stress ball, fidget tool and weighted lap pad for audience members to use during performances.

Sensory bag with tools