Your Summer. Your Camp.

A message from Tim Fath, director of The Miami Childrens Theater

Greetings from all of us at Miami Childrens Theater in this unprecedented time of staying safe amidst  Covid -19 crisis. Over the past six weeks I have interviewed approximately 20 parents and then conducted a 17 question survey. I am grateful that we received 1008 responses.

Your feedback was essential and we have designed our summer camps to your world, your reality.  Before we dissect the results let me start with the most basic topic and that is this: Through July 3rd (Session A) we will not consider a physical camp. All but one parent in the 20 I interviewed said they would send their child to a physical camp. The consensus was this: "Unlike schooling,camp is not vital. It's not worth the risk." We concur with this and reject the early calls to "return to normal." As a father of two and and a defacto "dad" to 300 MCT kids I will not put your child's safety in jeapadory nor have Miami Childrens Theater contribute to a potential relapse if we relax our standards. I have met with our partners at the Alper JCC and Coral Gables United Methodist Church to understand their Covid-19 policies and their policies are either so restrictive that it would make a theater camp unbearable or I was given a firm "no" to a reopening till August.

So we move on. There is no way to recreate the magic of being in a cast at MCT.  Over 10,000 kids have passed through our doors in our 25 years and though I could insert all the awards we have won and national recognition we have gained here, I'm going to say this: we love you and we will try to make your summer as fun and educational as possible. If you will stick with us and give MCT a try we promise you something so much more than an "online" camp. My team and I designed a curriculum that is as much about coping with the times we live in as actual songs taught and dances learned. I have hired an incredible team. They are all extremely accomplished with one of them having made their Broadway debut at the age of 21 and another ready to be showcased as a feature dancer in Lin Manuel Miranda's In the Heights movie but that is just an great adjunct to why they were hired.  They were hired because they love kids through and through. All six have worked at MCT as counselors, directors and choreographers and their track record as technicians, motvators, positive spirits and teachers is unmatched. Your kids can do no better than to learn from this team. Our Broadway Bound team is comprised of all your favorite teachers: Keandra Cordero, Evelyn Perez, Damaris Lopez-Canales and Celia Potter. Enough said!

The survey results contained great data. When asked what format our families wanted for our summer camp the number one answer was, "I do not want to be tied down to a schedule this summer and want to choose my own classes." The second most popular response was "I would like a structured summer camp that lasts two to four hours a day." These two answers provided us the framework for our camps. Their will be plenty of classes to choose from a la carte and our basic model for Creative Camps and Broadway Bound are daily sessions lasting two to four hours.

We know that your disposable income has taken a major hit with the pandemic. Miami Childrens Theater wants to make summer camp as affordable as possible. Our solution is to offer camps and classes by modules. Our hope is that you can select classes and camps that meet your budget. We also want to reward families that put their faith / investment in us and offer the stand alone classes free of charge during the week(s) you are signed up for a summer camp session (be it Creative Camp or Broadway Bound). Similar, Broadway Bound students will be granted access to our two great evening classes offered during the summer that will help you with your high school or college auditions. Those classes are "How to Build a Book" with Anette Barrios-Torres and "How to Shoot a Pretape Audition" with Alysia Velez.

Our parents made it clear in the survey that they do not want their kids in front of a computer all summer. Overwhelming, the number one answer to the question of "How many hours a day would you like to limit your child's computer time?" was 2 to 4 hours a day. Correspondingly, our classes will run a maximum of two hours in one sitting.

The most surprising answer we found on the survey, delightfully so, was the answer to the question "Describe your child" The number one response was "My kid is not necessarily a theater kid but I want them to have fun and socialize with good kids." In stark contrast the number two response stated "my kid is serious about musical theater and is looking for serious training." See our dilemma? Ha. But we have both groups covered. Our weekly Creative Camps blocks will be a whole lot of fun and we encourage both MCT newcomers, students new to theater and experienced kids to join them. We also will have classes midday and at night that you can take if that is what you are seeking. Our main goal is quality. Quality for each child, at every experience level.

Final thought! Enroll at MCT  Summer Camps because we care. We really do! MCT just finished our Musical Theater Boot Camp and each graduate received a diploma and feedback form.  (please note permission granted by family to use an example). These feedback forms and diplomas were not imagined and processed as an order - my staff asked that they do it.  They are amazing and we will do this all summer.

Thank for your time. We hope to make your child's summer as fun and enlightening as possible. If you have any feedback or questions please contact me at mcttimfath@gmail.com.

 

Your Summer. Your Camp.

A message from Tim Fath, director of The Miami Childrens Theater

Greetings from all of us at Miami Childrens Theater in this unprecedented time of staying safe amidst  Covid -19 crisis. Over the past six weeks I have interviewed approximately 20 parents and then conducted a 17 question survey. I am grateful that we received 1008 responses.

Your feedback was essential and we have designed our summer camps to your world, your reality.  Before we dissect the results let me start with the most basic topic and that is this: Through July 3rd (Session A) we will not consider a physical camp. All but one parent in the 20 I interviewed said they would send their child to a physical camp. The consensus was this: "Unlike schooling,camp is not vital. It's not worth the risk." We concur with this and reject the early calls to "return to normal." As a father of two and and a defacto "dad" to 300 MCT kids I will not put your child's safety in jeapadory nor have Miami Childrens Theater contribute to a potential relapse if we relax our standards. I have met with our partners at the Alper JCC and Coral Gables United Methodist Church to understand their Covid-19 policies and their policies are either so restrictive that it would make a theater camp unbearable or I was given a firm "no" to a reopening till August.

So we move on. There is no way to recreate the magic of being in a cast at MCT.  Over 10,000 kids have passed through our doors in our 25 years and though I could insert all the awards we have won and national recognition we have gained here I'm going to say this: we love you and we will try to make your summer as fun and educational as possible. If you will stick with us and give MCT a try we promise you something so much more than an "online" camp. My team and I designed a curriculum that is as much about coping with the times we live as actual songs taught and dances learned. I have hired an incredible team. Our teachers are all extremely accomplished with one of them having made their Broadway debut at the age of 21 and another ready to be showcased as a feature dancer in Lin Manuel Miranda's In the Heights movie but that is just an great adjunct to why they were hired.  They were hired because they love kids through and through. All six have worked at MCT as counselors, directors and choreographers and their track record as technicians, motvators, positive spirits and teachers is unmatched. Your kids can do no better than to learn from this team. I encourage you to visit our "Meet the Staff" page located on the Classes tab. Our Broadway Bound team is comprised of all your favorite teachers: Keandra Cordero, Evelyn Perez, Damaris Lopez-Canales and Celia Potter. Enough said!

The survey results contained great data. When asked what format our families wanted for our summer camp the number one answer was, "I do not want to be tied down to a schedule this summer and want to choose my own classes." The second most popular response was "I would like a structured summer camp that lasts two to four hours a day." These two answers provided us the framework for our camps. Their will be plenty of classes to choose from a la carte and our basic model for Creative Camps and Broadway Bound are daily sessions lasting two to four hours.

We know that your disposable income has taken a major hit with the pandemic. Miami Childrens Theater wants to make summer camp as affordable as possible. Our solution is to offer camps and classes by modules. Our hope is that you can select classes and camps that meet your budget. We also want to reward families that put their faith / investment in us and offer the stand alone classes free of charge during the week(s) you are signed up for a summer camp session (be it Creative Camp or Broadway Bound). Similar, Broadway Bound students will be granted access to out two great evening classes offered during the summer that will help you with your high school or college auditions. Those classes are "How to Build a Rep Book" with Anette Barrios-Torres and "How to Shoot a Pretape Audition" with Alysia Velez.

Our parents made it clear in the survey that they do not want their kids in front of a computer all summer. Overwhelming, the number one answer to the question of "How many hours a day would you like to limit your child's computer time?" was 2 to 4 hours a day. Correspondingly, our classes will run a maximum of two hours in one sitting.

The most surprising answer we found on the survey, delightfully so, was the answer to the question "Describe your child" The number one response was "My kid is not necessarily a theater kid but I want them to have fun and socialize with good kids." In stark contrast  number two response  stated "my kid is serious about musical theater and is looking for serious training." See our dilemma? Ha. But we have both groups covered. Our weekly Creative Camps blocks will be a whole lot of fun and we encourage both MCT newcomers and experienced kids to them. We also will have classes midday and at night that you can take if that is what you are seeking. Our main goal is quality. Quality for each child, at every experience level.

Final thought! Enroll at MCT  Summer Camps because we care. We really do! MCT just finished our Musical Theater Boot Camp and each graduate received a diploma and feedback form.  (please note permission granted by family to use an example). These feedback forms and diplomas were not imagined and processed as an order - my staff asked that they do it.  They are amazing and we will do this all summer.

Thank for your time. We hope to make your child's summer as fun and enlightening as possible. If you have any feedback or questions please contact me at mcttimfath@gmail.com.