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SUMMER THEATRE CAMP

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!

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CAMP INFORMATION

CAMP DATES

PERFORMANCES

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

CAMP LOCATION

TECH & PERFORMANCES

Over The Top Academy of Dance
2423 Eastern Ave SE.

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

REGISTRATION FEE

$50

CAMP TUITION

$550

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

Non-Refundable

Payment Plan Options Available! Contact us at info@overthetopdance.com for more information!

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SEUSSICAL JR

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:

MARCH 9

APRIL 13

JUNE 15 (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

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Phoebe Dawson

(she/her)

Director

Phoebe Dawson has been OTT's Theatre Program Director & Director 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 7 years in the Grand Rapids community. She is a huge believer in the power of visual and performing arts education and is passionate about making the arts accessible and available to not only young artists but to everyone.

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Erica Starks

(she/her)

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!

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Hannah Cooke

(she/her)

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!

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Jennifer Smith

(she/her)

Choreographer

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.

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Rebekah Levine

(she/her)

Choreographer

More about Bekah to come!

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Jadie Reeves

(they/she)

Music Director

Jadie Reeves is a Michigan-based musician and recent graduate of Western Michigan University’s School of Music, where they studied composition and vocal performance and received the designation of Presidential Scholar in Music (2024). In the fall, they will begin master’s studies in composition at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Through the careful creation, performance, and instruction of new music and the arts, they hope to contribute to their communities by realizing projects which highlight underrepresented perspectives end cultivate belonging for performers and audiences alike.

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Elizabeth Barry

(she/they)

Music Director

Elizabeth Barry grew up dancing in the Lansing area and studied at Danceworks of Michigan, Happendance, and Karyn’s Dance Place. She was also a company member with Children’s Ballet Theatre. Elizabeth traveled to Europe with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and trained at several intensives including with the Grand Rapids Ballet and the School of Ballet Chicago. The most influential opportunities were the workshops offered by Broadway touring cast members who came to perform at the Wharton Center at MSU. After Elizabeth took a Fosse class, she started performing in her high school’s theatre program and was hooked. However, Elizabeth was terrified of singing so she decided to study music in order to develop the skills necessary to work in musical theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State and a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a concentration in opera. Prior to the pandemic, Elizabeth worked as an opera singer and had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, Savannah Voice Festival, and with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre for the world premiere of Strokes of Genius, a three-act opera about the life of Iowa painter Grant Wood. Since moving to Grand Rapids in 2015, Elizabeth has worked as a vocal coach and choreographer for many schools and community theatre groups. Last season, she was the vocal coach/choreographer for Annie with Cedar Springs Public Schools. This season, Elizabeth is the assistant vocal director for Urinetown the Musical at Circle Theatre. Recent performance credits include Dance/Captain and Swing in Beauty and the Beast at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and ensemble in Cabaret at Community Circle Theatre. A passionate educator, Elizabeth has extensive training and experience with neurodivergent individuals and incorporates adaptive practices in each lesson. Elizabeth has spoken on the importance of updating educational practices to include neurodivergent individuals at regional and national conferences for voice teachers and music educators. As a vocal coach, Elizabeth specializes in helping performers improve their singing skills while dancing at a high level. When she’s not in rehearsal or class, you can see Elizabeth at Kicks Dancewear where she is an apprentice pointe shoe fitter and small-time tik tok influencer.

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Ajamu Bernard

(he/him)

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.

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Mackenzie Kasiorek

(she/her)

Assistant Music Director/Choreograher

Mackenzie is a student at East Kentwood High School. She has been dancing at Over The Top Academy of dance since she was 3. She is the center snare drummer for EK’s drumline, a percussionist in the school’s symphonic wind ensemble, and a drumset player in the jazz band. Mackenzie is passionate about the intersection of music and dance, especially the percussive aspect of tap dance. Her goal is help kids find a deeper connection to the instrumental nature of dancing. She is a part of the competition team as a dancer, and is the CRU multimedia communications coordinator. She is thrilled to be part of the Over The Top community and beyond excited to be returning for a third year as a teaching assistant. It’s her mission to be an inspiration to the next generation of OTT dancers who have brought her so much joy! She wants people to see that it really is so much more than dance, and that we are developing well rounded successful people. She is so thankful for the opportunities she has been given and excited to see what she can do this year!

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Brianna Dame

(she/her)

Counselor

Brianna Dame attends Northview High School and is going into her senior year. She has been dancing since she was five years old and has enjoyed it ever since. Her favorite genres of dance are hip-hop , tap, and helping the community. Brianna loves working with kids and teaching them how to dance. We are so excited to welcome, Brianna to Over The Top!

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Naomi DeJong

(she/her)

Counselor

More about about Naomi to come!

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Jalese Rosado

(She/Her)

Counselor

More about Jalese to come!

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 www.MTIShows.com.

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