The annual Kids Do It All youth music-theatre program is a week-long collective creation intensive day camp during the months of June and July. During the 2016 summer sessions, CSU theatre faculty and CSU upper classmen will guide about 300 students in different age groups (7-9, 10-11, 12-13) through the entire process of theatre-from playwriting to performance, from design through musical composition-resulting in original plays created and performed by the students. Camp participants write, design and compose musical plays entirely of their own devising-experiencing a practical application of all aspects of theatre practice-from acting, movement, voice, props and scene design, and songwriting, in multiple week-long workshops guided by music, theatre, dance and art students and faculty.
“Kids Do It All” can offer a limited number of partial financial awards. If your situation qualifies your children for financial assistance, please supply details we could use to consider your request. The senior camp staff of the camp will rank requests and offer partial tuition assistance to as many children as funding and space allow. Please send a confidential e-mail to Maile.Speetjens@colostate.edu before April 30.
To fill-in their plots and characters, camp participants also spend a morning in the University Art Gallery with Linda Frickman and Patrick Fahey, then spend the afternoons composing their own gallery of art that told their stories without words. Participants also work with neutral and character masks, improvisational exercises, design, playwriting, and composition studios, finishing with a fully mounted production of their original work on the sixth day, a Saturday, at which parents, family, and friends attend.
Kids Do It All, one of the most innovative theatre programs in the country, was founded in 1991 at The Children's School in La Jolla, Calif. by CSU Professor Walt Jones.
Kids Do It All will be under the guidance of its founder, Walt Jones and co-directed by Maile Speetjens, CSU costume shop supervisor, and David Hörger, composer-in-residence.
Pictures from 2014 Kids Do It All
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday Performances are at 10 a.m. (call time at 8 a.m.)
Founding Director Walt Jones has been with the Division of Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University since 2006.
Maile Speetjens attended Emerson College in Boston, Mass., where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and worked extensively in the Emerson Costume Shop. After graduating from Emerson, Ms. Speetjens worked as a wardrobe supervisor and costume designer for Boston’s Actors Shakespeare Project, and continued as a cutter/draper at Emerson College. She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Georgia, Athens, where she also worked as a designer and cutter/draper. Ms. Speetjens design work includes Hidden Man (7 Stages, Atlanta), The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild, and The Dance of Hands (UGA), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hawaii Childrens Theatre), Rent and Bugsy Malone (Hawaii Childrens Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (Actors Shakespeare Project). She spends her summers teaching, directing and designing for Hawaii Childrens Theatre, a non-profit organization on the island of Kauai dedicated to theatre education.
David Hörger began his musical training at 6 years old. After completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, he moved to Boston where he worked in the public school system as well as for the woodwind manufacturer Von Huene Workshop, where he played Harpsichord on a recording of an arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Well Tempered Clavier." Returning to school, David received his Master of Music at the University of Georgia, while each summer traveling to Kauai, Hawaii to teach and run a camp dedicated to teaching and producing musical theatre. During his time with Hawaii Children's Theatre, he musically directed The Jungle Book Kids, The Aristocats Kids, and The Little Mermaid Jr. Most recently, he has served as music director for the CSU productions of A Year With Frog and Toad, and the HCT After Dark's production of Avenue Q. As a pianist, David has worked on a wide array of productions such as La Boheme, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Into the Woods. Recipient: Franz Liszt Award (UGA), Directors Award of Excellence (UGA). Winner: Concerto Competition (UGA), Finalist, Angie Southard Music Competition (UNC).