WE HAVE AN AMAZING SUMMER CAMP PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM!
Lohikan's Theatre, Dance and Music Departments offer campers a rich and varied Performing Arts Program. THREE professional directors head each of the departments. They are assisted by a talented staff of instructors all of whom have worked with children and have special training in the area of their expertise.
Lohikan's Theater Program provides campers with instruction in acting techniques utilizing improvisation, monologues, pantomime, scenes and plays. The Musical Theater Program concentrates on developing the camper's skills in song delivery, movement, music, dancing and acting. Tech Theatre classes give campers hands-on experience working on costume design, make-up, set construction, lighting and sound engineering.
Drama classes are operated on a daily basis. In addition to the daily program, opportunities to perform are numerous. One major theatrical performance is produced every two weeks and everyone who wants to be part of the show is guaranteed to be in the show. Other opportunities to perform include the weekly Showcase Series, Talent Shows, and Skit Nights.
- Past Productions -
- Annie Get Your Gun
- Alice in Wonderland
- You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
- Wizard of Oz
- School House Rock
- Music Man
- The Sound of Music
- Guys & Dolls
- Peter Pan
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Into the Woods
- A Midsummer’s Night Dream
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Jack in the Beanstalk
- Seussical The Musical
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Once Upon a Mattress
- Robin Hood
- Phantom Toll Booth
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
You'll have fun in our dance program! Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop, Choreography, and Aerobics classes are taught all day long, so you can dance to your heart's content!
And you’ll learn from the best instructors! The program is instructed by a dance professional who is assisted by specialty instructors trained in the area of their expertise. Beginner through advanced instruction is available in all dance styles on a daily basis. Campers are grouped into classes with campers of the same skill level and age range. Campers practice technique, movement, improvisation and choreography in group sizes ranging from 6 to 20 campers. Two fully-equipped dance studios accommodate the program. Opportunities for campers to perform on stage include dance performances every two weeks. Hip Hop shows are also scheduled every two weeks. In addition, dancers are often featured during our weekly Campfire Events.
Learn the latest Hip Hop moves!!! Step into the spotlight and “bustamove”… Groove on stage with your buddies… Or just perfect your favorite dance moves! You can do it all at the Hip Hop Clinics. And they’re scheduled every two weeks …with a performance at the end of each clinic! It’s FUN grooving on stage with your friends!
Each Hip Hop Clinic is staffed with hip hop dance specialists who work individually and in small groups with the campers. The Hip Hop Clinic is a week-long program which has everyone breaking, popping, locking, practicing capoeira, and even making up the latest street funk dance move! It’s guaranteed to be fun… and “E” (everyone) rated!
If you’re into electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or singing, this is the program for YOU! Instruction in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals is available on a daily basis. The program is directed by a professional music educator and staffed with a talented group of college-enrolled instructors. All instructors have experience teaching children and have advanced skills in the area of their expertise. Campers are organized into small groups of the same skill level for instruction. Beginners are taught the fundamentals and the more advanced are coached on technique and perfecting playing skills. Private lessons are also available.
Opportunities for campers to perform on stage range from our Weekly Showcase Series and the Campfire House Band to our July & August Talent Shows and the popular Camp-A-Palooza Concerts held every two weeks.
Talking about concerts, if you're a rocker or an aspiring rocker, you've got to check out the Rock Band Program!
big part of Lohikan's Music Department is the Rock Band Program. Whether you’re a beginner or accomplished musician, we’ve got a band for you!
Campers participating in the Rock Band Program are grouped with other campers based upon age, ability, and musical interest. Small group instruction in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals is provided by specialty instructors.
New Rock Bands are formed every two weeks. Campers work with specialty instructors on original music as well as classic rock tunes. Each band is assigned a producer who prepares the band for its debut performance. After a week of instruction, rehearsals and teamwork (one to three periods a day), the band takes the stage and performs a set in one of Lohikan’s Camp-A-Palooza Concerts. The concerts are amazing! …and rock band participants receive a CD copy of their performances too!
The concerts are scheduled as an evening activity or an afternoon special event and hundreds of fans are in attendance! Awesome concert venues include the Skate Park Lounge, the Lohikan Bowl (amphitheater), and the Cavern (Rec Hall). As curtain time approaches the excitement builds and the camper audience can be heard yelling out encouraging cheers for their bunkmate rockers! Then the bands hit the stage, one by one playing their favorite tunes and rocking the camp! It's a lot of fun to watch, but it's even more fun to be on stage and perform in front of a live audience. The applause is unforgettable!
Click here for music from last summer's Camp-A-Palooza live concerts.
In addition to the Performing Arts Program there’s a lot more arts goin’ on at Camp Lohikan… Check out the Circus Arts Program & Flying Trapeze, the Media Arts Program (Video Production, Radio Broadcasting, Computers, Daily Camp Newspaper) and the Creative Arts Program.
Circus is a huge program that’s extremely popular with our campers. Campers receive instruction from circus professionals in real live circus acts! Favorites include: Flying Trapeze, Rolling Globe, Lyra, Spanish Web, Acrobatics, Unicycle, Rolla Bolla, Devils Stick, Circus Bike, Hand-Balancing, Juggling, Clowning, Tight Wire, Fire Eating, Silks, and Single/Double/Triple Trapeze. Two circus performances are scheduled on each of our Visiting Days to showcase the skills of our camper performers. The parents and kids love it!
Click here for our Circus Arts Program Flyer.
Media Arts includes Radio Broadcasting, Video Production, Computers, and the Camp Newspaper Activities.
Camper Dee Jays broadcast six hours a day over the FM band every summer at Camp Lohikan! It’s a real radio station! Campers and our Radio Activity Instructors write shows, conduct interviews, broadcast camp news… and even play music! “E” (everyone) rated music of course.
Campers into Radio Broadcasting are usually interested in joining Lohikan’s Dee Jay Clinic which is scheduled every two weeks. Campers participating in the Dee Jay Clinic learn everything there is to learn about being a Dee Jay! You’ll learn about the dee jay equipment, how to set it up and operate it… everything from the lights, mixers, amps, speakers… and lots of wires! You’ll learn how to put together a music set and add digital effects. And you’ll get to perform your talents LIVE! Yep, you’ll even headline a super evening dance extravaganza this summer!!!
The Dee Jay Clinic is a FREE CLINIC! Sign up here.
Video Production is a great activity for those who want to learn how to shoot video, be in front of the camera, edit video, or all of the above!
Campers receive instruction from specialists in the field using the latest digital equipment including camcorders, editing software and computers.
Campers write, shoot, edit and produce their own video shows in camp! And they’re really good!!! Campers have produced music videos, comedy acts, broadcast news shows, and lots more.
What’s great is that our dining hall is equipped with a high powered video projector which is used during meal times so everyone gets to screen the latest camper video work of art!
A star is born at every meal at Camp Lohikan!
COMPUTER ACTIVITY - EMAIL ACTIVITY
The computer room is where you’ll find Instructors conducting classes in desktop publishing, graphics, web design, digital art, digital photography software, digital video editing and more.
djacent to the computer room is the computer game room. This is the one activity in camp where campers are restricted in the amount of time they can schedule in the elective program… The computer games are popular and little instruction is needed. In fact, you might say the campers know more about the games than the adults!
The computer room also houses the area dedicated to the E-MAIL ACTIVITY. Campers who sign up for the e-mail activity can send e-mail messages home, and to friends and family all summer long!
A camp newspaper is published and distributed every day at Camp Lohikan. Campers write, type, proof, and publish their work with the help of specialty instructors. All camper contributions are accepted including jokes, cartoons, fictional articles, reporting, etc. It makes good reading at lunch!
The Creative Arts Department is one of our most popular departments in camp. Three professional artists instruct the program with the assistance of 14 specialty instructors. Workshops include:
CERAMICS & POTTERY – It’s all about sculpting, glazing, firing clay and throwing pots. Seven wheels, 2 kilns and more than 6,000 lbs of clay keep our campers busy!
PAPER-MAKING – Campers make their own special greeting cards, stationery, posters and amazing artwork!
LEATHER CRAFT - Punching, stamping, dyeing, stitching and leather design classes are featured in the leather craft activity. Belts, purses, and key chains are just a few of the projects campers create and personalize.
T-SHIRT FACTORY – This is one of the most popular workshops in the Creative Arts Department. Campers learn silk screening techniques and create special t-shirts for their bunkmates or special events. Tie dyeing is also popular and the t-shirts the campers produce would make Jerry Garcia proud! Batiking and fabric painting are also part of the T-Shirt Factory curriculum and campers produce everything from fancy covered pillows to designer headwear. It’s all good!
PAINTING & DRAWING – This is one of the most popular workshops in the Creative Arts Department. Staff artists teach campers a variety of painting techniques using acrylic paints and canvas. Classes in water color painting and charcoal and pencil drawing are also conducted. All artwork is displayed in the Creative Arts Center during our July and August Parent Visiting Days. It’s a great art show!
STAINED GLASS – In this workshop campers design and solder their own stained glass projects with the help of our specialty instructors.
ARTS & CRAFTS – The activities featured in the Arts and Crafts Workshop change every week. Classes include: Air Brush, Macrame, Fimo Jewelry, Basket Weaving, Lanyards, Braiding, Weaving, Papier Mache, Enameling, Nature Crafts, Block Printing, Puppetry, Needle Craft, Mask Making, Bead Craft, Plaster Projects, Decoupage, String Art, Nature Crafts, Cartooning, Calligraphy and lots more!
MODEL BUILDING ROCKETRY - Campers design, build and launch Estes brand and custom model rockets.
STAGE CRAFT – Campers can design and assist in the construction of sets for camp drama productions and evening activities in the Stage Craft Workshop.
WOODWORKING - Our Woodworking Studio is fully equipped and ready to undertake the wildest of projects! Campers have made everything from mail boxes and clocks to napkin holders and leather-seated chairs with the help of our instructors. No wonder woodworking is so popular!
PHOTOGRAPHY – Campers are provided digital cameras and taught the basics of photography by specialty instructors. Advanced students will receive instruction in the use of Photoshop and photo correction. Camper photos will be displayed daily in the dining hall during meals.
Click here for our Creative Arts Program Flyer.
We LOVE the ARTS!
When it comes to ART whether it be performing, media related or visual, we think you'll agree, you won't find a more comprehensive program than you'll find right here!