SUMMIT, NJ - Dreamcatcher Junior, a summer theatre program for students entering grades 5 through 12, will be held from July 6 - 24 at the Oakes Center in Summit. The three-week experience is hosted by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre and combines training -- in which students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects -- with the opportunity for students to create and perform their own play.

The program will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a special performance July 24 at 7 p.m. Students receive individual attention, constructive feedback, and the support needed to achieve their personal goals.

Week One

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The ensemble begins to come together through classes and workshops in acting, improv, playwriting, singing and movement. These and other skills will be explored as the group builds the foundation for their creative process.

Week Two

The focuses shifts to the development and writing of an original play, which will also include music and movement. Students have the opportunity to shape their own characters and performances, which might include new subjects explored in the first week such as stage combat and physical comedy.

Week Three

The cast and their director, musical director and choreographer hone and refine their original work in preparation for its presentation on the final evening of the program.

The cost of the program is $900 for all three weeks, with limited need-based scholarships available. Discounts are provided for those who register before April 15. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled or until the deadline of June 1, with applications for and more information on the program available by calling Dreamcatcher’s business office at 908-514-9654, contacting or visiting

For the first time this summer, Rocket Improv is offering a fourth week of Improv Camp following Dreamcatcher, Jr. Students who have enrolled in Dreamcatcher’s program will receive a discount on tuition. Classes run July 27- 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., with a showcase on July 31. Visit for details.

The Oakes Center is located at 120 Morris Avenue.