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OTT's Theater Camp (Ages 7-18) is the perfect step to get your child started in visual performing arts! This 5 week summer camp is a safe place for your child to learn everything about theater - including acting, dancing. singing, and even behind the scenes! Our teachers incorporate fun lessons and activities to learn more about theater and to learn the musical numbers and scenes from SEUSSICAL JR! This camp teaches your child about teamwork, hard-work, kindness, and focus.

Acting and theater is a great way for your young artist to express and learn more about themselves as a performer and an individual! By jumping into theater, young artists are able to improve their speaking skills, boost their confidence, and help them learn how to make friends with new people! This camp will offer your child an educational theater experience that they won't forget!





June 24 - July 27

July  26 @ 7:00pm
July 27 @ 3:00pm
July 27 @ 7:00pm

  • Mondays || 12:00pm-6:00pm

  • Tuesdays|| 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Wednesdays || OFF

  • Thursdays || 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Fridays || 9am-12pm



Over The Top Academy of Dance
2423 Eastern Ave SE.

EGR High School Performing Arts Center
2211 Lake Dr. SE.





Note: Registration Fee will be charged automatically to the card on file 1-2 Business Days after sign-up

Payment Plan Options Available! Contact us at for more information!


The best way to prepare for OTT's Summer Theater Camp is our ACTOR FOR AN AFTERNOON Workshops throughout the year!  For just $25, your young artist will step into the world of theatre to learn some actings tips, theatre games, theatre knowledge, and even get preparation materials for Seussical Jr.!

Workshop Dates:



JUNE 16 (Audition Workshop)

Our AFAA Audition Workshop, will give students all the materials and tips for Seussical Jr Audition Week! 

The Production Team

the production staff


Phoebe Dawson



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Phoebe Dawson has been OTT's Theatre Program Director & Direcotr of OTT's since the programs culmination in 2021. She is not only a director but is also a stage manager, choreographer, and performer in West Michigan. Phoebe has been working in educational theater for the past 6 years in the Grand Rapids community. Phoebe is a huge believer in the power of visual and performing arts education and is passionate about making the arts accesible and available to not only young artists but to everyone.


Erica Starks


Assistant Director

Erica is a rising senior in high school. She has been a part of 7 shows in the past two years: Almost Maine, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Matchmaker, The Crucible, Hair (Circle Theater), Little Women, and recently Once on This Island (Civic Theater). Erica hopes to have a career in acting because of Viola Davis’ wise words, "We are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. Erica is back for her 2nd year with the summer theater camp, but this time as an Assistant Director!


Jennifer Smith



In 2004, at 21, Jennifer Bought Over The Top Academy of Dance, her childhood dance studio from the owners who helped her develop personally and professionally. Since then, Jennifer has shown the Alger Heights community what the life skills of dance can do. One of the keys for Jennifer in building her business is her abilities as a leader and mentor/ She has an uncanny ability to identify the best talents in her students and coaches them to become champions. Jennifer's love of Tap and musicality, combined with her genuine commitment to bringing the best out her dancers allowed her to create stories. Stories her dancers could feel and would live in each piece because each dance created from a place of understanding the history and presenting it with authenticity. Because Tap dance has given her so much, Jennifer is looking to pay this goodness forward by creating opportunities for young dancers to be inspired, for teachers to find mentors and veterans of the Tap world can continue to grow and enjoy dancing.


Hannah Cooke


Stage Manager

Hannah is currently a sophmore at Grand Valley State University studying Theatre and Advertising and Public Relations. Hannah has been involved with many productions at GVSU and has done a few community theatre productions as well in the Grand Rapids area. She also worked with last years summer camp at OTT Moana Jr as a volunteer and Stage Manager, and is so excited to come back for this show!


Olivia Kornoelje



Olivia Kornoelje’s journey with dance started when she was just three years old, at this very studio (formerly Jon T Dance Arts Center). She remembers when Miss Jen first bought the studio and the joy of watching it transform into the Over The Top Academy of Dance that you see now. She has studied all the styles and competed for five years with the studios CRU team & co-taught some classes while completing high school. She then had her own classes and taught preschool, tap, jazz, and hip hop for five years. Outside of the studio, she studied at Grand Rapids Community College and received an Associate of the Arts degree. She also worked in retail management for five years and has been in banking industry for three years. This December, she’ll be graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Communications. Coming back to the studio in her new role as a Director of a Mindful Movers program is a full-circle moment and an exciting venture! Throughout the years, she has always stayed connected to the studio, the kids, and the community. You may have seen her stage manage at the recitals or taken a class from her at the Hotties in Heels GR monthly classes at the studio. This new chapter for her is looking to be the best yet and she can’t wait for all the amazing opportunities & fun things we’ll been able to offer here. If you see her in person, say hi! Let’s connect!


Ajamu Bernard


Production Manager

Ajamu Bernard is a Community FItness Activist, a TRX master trainer and author of the Kettlebell Samurai Method. He leads education courses and hosts workshops that use storytelling and movement to share his wisdom. As a strength coach and pilates instructor he integrates bodyweight skills, Kettlebell Samurai Method and Classical Pilates to give a comprehensive mobility and strength improvement experience. Ajamu loves to run, play soccer and compete in Kettlebell Juggling Shows.

SEUSSICAL JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

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