Summer Camps for Kids

2016 Summer Camps

The 2016 Season of the Deegan Children's Theatre is made possible with the generous support of The Spencer Daily Reporter, Schmidt Pediatric Dentistry, The Farmer's Bank, and Mildred & Basil Deegan.

Join us this summer! You can fill out the registration form below, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling 712.262.7336!

 Registration Form Here
 Scholarship Application Here 


Let’s Pretend! (Ages 3 & 4)

Let’s pretend to be a…pirate!  An elephant!  A crime-fighting princess!  This camp is a terrific introduction to creative drama for some of our youngest performers.  We’ll use our imaginations as we explore the building blocks of theatre:  storytelling, puppetry, dramatization, and music.

August 1- 5, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.       $50



Storytelling with Seuss (Ages 4 & 5)

Are you a star-bellied Sneech, or a Sneech with no star?  Storytelling with Seuss is fun no matter which one you are!  Jump into the world of theatre by developing one of the most basic building blocks of the craft:  storytelling!  We’ll be diving into the world of Dr. Seuss and bringing to life popular tales such as The Sneeches, Yertle the Turtle, and The Cat in the Hat. 

July 5-8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. $50



Storybook Adventures:  Mo Willems (Ages 5 & 6)

Mo Willems, mo awesome!  Join Elephant & Piggie, Cat the Cat, and Knuffle Bunny in this introduction to acting featuring the books of Mo Willems.  Our young actors will bring to life the charming characters and funny stories of this great author while exploring the skills of characterization, movement, and literacy.

June 6- June 10, 9 a.m. - Noon $65



Puppet Pandemonium (Ages 6 & 7)

Our young actors will bring puppets to life through movement, voice, and characterization.  Campers will explore storytelling and make puppets of their very own as they discover the art and craft of puppetry in America and throughout the world.  The camp will culminate in a puppet show of the campers own creation!

June 20- 24, 9 a.m. - Noon $65



Red Versus the WOLF! (Ages 7 & 8)

Is the wolf really such a bad guy?  And is Little Red as innocent as everybody thinks she is?  If you think you know the full story of “Little Red Riding Hood,” think again!  This classic fairytale has been reinvented throughout history all over the world.  Through exploring the traditional tale and other takes on the story such as the Chinese version “Lon Po Po” and Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red in his “Revolting Rhymes,” young actors will learn to create and develop characters as they reenact these and other versions of Red and the Wolf.

June 6- 10, 1 p.m. -  5 p.m. $80



Midsummer Musical:  An Introduction to Musical Theatre (Ages 8 & 9)

An introduction into the world of musical theatre, Midsummer Musical will focus on singing, dancing, and acting our way through some of the world’s greatest musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Singin’ in the Rain,and Mary Poppins.

July 11- 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $80



Sideways Storytelling (from Wayside School) (Ages 9 & 10)

Sharpen skills like ensemble acting, playwriting, character development, and script analysis in the zany world of the Wayside School, where teachers can turn students into apples, raincoats can talk, and there are a bunch of boys named Eric.  The camp will culminate in an original short play based on the campers’ favorite tales from Wayside School.  

July 25- 29, 10 a.m - 3 p.m. $90



BIG ACTING Through Commedia dell’Arte (Ages 10- 12)

Commedia dell’Arte is a form of theater that began in Italy in the 16th century, and is the basis of the art of improvisation.  Based on the creation of specific “types” of characters, young actors will learn to make big acting choices through stylized movement, characterization, and improv.  Big emotions, big characters, big fun!

June 27- July 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $90



Musical Theatre Cabaret (Ages 11- 14)

Musical Theatre Cabaret students will create and perform in a themed Cabaret - which will perform at the end-of-week showcase. Ensemble songs, duets & trios, solos, dances and skits will be compiled into a 30-minute performance piece that will be designed to highlight each student as they work on developing their performance skills. 

July 18- 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $100



Musical Theatre Production Camp:  The Trials of Alice in Wonderland (Ages 8-13)

Based on two of the greatest works in children’s literature, this fast-paced and witty show is set in  Wonderland’s courtroom, where Alice is on trial.  The Queen of Hearts is the judge, the Mad Hatter,  White Rabbit, and Caterpillar are witnesses, and the jury is a deck of cards!  Poor Alice must try to prove  her innocence by re-living the events of the adventures we’ve all come to love.  Her crime?  Growing  and changing.  Both helping and hindering her are Tweedledee and Tweedledum, who spend most of  their time trying to decide who is the attorney for the defense and who for the prosecution.  To win the  case and save her head, Alice must embrace the truth about who she is and be willing to wake up from  the dream of Wonderland.

June 13- 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $125



New for 2016!


 Summer Shakes:  An Introduction to Acting Shakespeare (ages 15-19)

Part class, part production process, this new offering to the SCT Deegan  Children’s Theatre Summer Program is an opportunity for teens to dive headfirst into the world of history’s greatest playwright:  William Shakespeare.  Led by MFA Director Cara Gerlock, participants will be led through text analysis,  advanced voice, character, and movement work, and the basics of armed stage combat focusing on  rapier and broadsword techniques.  “Summer Shakes” will culminate in both indoor and outdoor  performances of scenes and monologues at the end of the summer.

Meeting Times:  Two 2-hour meeting times per week, exact times TBA (will be announced before April)
Cost:  FREE; like our productions, interested participants will audition for a spot in the class/ production




Thanks to our 2016 Deegan Children's Theatre Season Sponsors



Our Address:
  PO Box 1225
518 1st Ave E
Spencer, IA
Hours of Operation:
Business Offices Tue. to Fri. 10 am to 5 pm
Box Office Hours (when open) Tue. to Fri. 11 am to 5:30 pm
       Saturdays of Performances 11 am to 2 pm
       One Hour Prior to Curtain Times
Costume Shop: Tues and Thurs 11 am to 6 pm

SCT Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Spencer Community Theatre is a magical place where performers, patrons, and volunteers are transformed by the creative experience. SCT encourages multi-generational and diverse participation in the artistic process. We are inspired by your past, proud of our present, and anticipate our future as a vibrant pillar of the cultural life of our community.

Mission Statement
Spencer Community Theatre serves as an instrument for community enrichment and education by offering the public the most fulfilling live theatre experience possible.

Spencer Community Theatre's programs are made possible in part by grants from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Leadership Partners, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Renaissance Initiative Grant, Clay County Community Foundation, the Basil and Mildred Deegan Children's Theatre Endowment, and the Dvergsten Family Foundation. 



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