Camp DramaRama: Musical Theater Camp

Calling all budding stars aged 9-13! Join us for a dynamic two-week musical theatre experience, Camp DramaRama (Formerly Camp Broadway). Perfect for newcomers and seasoned performers alike, this workshop immerses participants in the exciting world of acting, singing, and dancing. Led by seasoned theater professionals, Camp Broadway is a nurturing space that encourages growth, creativity, and self-confidence. Through individual attention, ensemble activities, character work, and improvisation, young talents will expand their skills and boost their artistic expression. The camp runs Monday to Friday, culminating in a dazzling showcase at The New Vic in Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon, where family and friends can witness the magic on stage.

Dates: June 24 – July 6, 2024 (No Class on July 4th)
Times: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Final Presentation: Saturday, July 6th at 12:00 p.m.

Ages: 9-13
Experience: Some exposure to performing is helpful but not required. 
Level: Beginner – Intermediate


Tuition: $800

Includes all materials, Young Actors Conservatory T-shirt

Families seeking assistance in covering tuition costs are invited to apply for a scholarship.

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Camp DramaRama is a challenging yet playful acting and musical theatre program designed to offer participants the experience of learning in a professional setting and under the direction of professional theatre artists. Students will receive a comprehensive arts education structured with a curriculum that balances performance and technique. Students learn professional theater etiquette, time management skills, communication skills, how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and how to produce quality work in a fast-paced environment. Areas of artistic study include exploring the elements of story, scene structure and analysis, character development through thought and action, engaging gesture and movement, and relationship communication culminating in a final public performance. This workshop is tailored to meet the needs of kids with stage experience as well as those new to the performing arts.  All students are exposed to acting, singing and dancing but they are given an opportunity to select an area of special interest in either musical theatre or dramatic performance. 

Enroll your aspiring young performer in Camp DramaRama today!

BRIAN McDONALD (ETC Director of Education and Outreach) is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He appeared in the national tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda Performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, Rubicon Theatre Company and the Ahmanson.  Brian has been honored with many awards, including the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award and an Independent Award for his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar. He directed The Thanksgiving PlayIt’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at ETC. Other directing credits include the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities, A Tuna Christmas, The Sunset Limited (with Joe Spano and Tucker Smallwood), Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLD… and the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Cheri Steinkellner. He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him an Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director. He is a graduate of Boston Conservatory and a member of Actors Equity Association, The Screen Actors Guild and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. 

THOMAS CRAIG BUCKLEY (Musical Director / Vocal Coach) has cultivated a diverse career spanning from Opera to Musical Theatre. Renowned for his adaptability both on and off stage, Buckley has showcased his talents across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as in Europe. As a Countertenor, he has portrayed roles in works by Handel and Mozart, in addition to solo recitals and performances with various orchestras. His expertise extends to Musical Directing with work in regional theatres and cruise lines both in the US and throughout Canada. Notable productions are Cats (Royal Caribbean Productions), Legally Blonde, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Buckley’s contributions also extend to the realm of education and innovation. For five consecutive summers, he contributed to the esteemed Stagedoor Manor, where he had the privilege of musical directing the world premiere of Heathers: The Musical: School Edition in collaboration with Samuel French Licensing. Alongside productions, Buckley curated courses for young artists including but not limited to vocal technique for all levels, repertoire coaching and audition preparation. Further adding to his accolades, he conducted the world premiere of Ian Dicke’s opera Roman with the Synchromy Festival utilizing both live and virtual AI generated musicians. Throughout his career, he has had the privilege of collaborating with leading performers and conductors in both the opera and musical theatre industries in both educational and performance settings. Buckley holds a degree in Sacred Music/Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College and a Masters of Arts in Theology from Northwestern University. 

Refund Process:
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to or postal mail to the Director of Education, ETC Education P.O. Box 2307, Santa Barbara, CA 93120.
  • Refunds will be processed within 10 business days of receiving the request.
Refund Eligibility:
  • Full Refund: If the registration fee is requested before the specified deadline, which is two weeks before the program start date, a full refund will be provided.
  • Partial Refund: After the deadline, refund requests may only be considered in case of extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency or a family crisis. The Director of Education will review such requests and determine the eligibility for a partial refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for missed days of the program due to illness, family vacations, or personal reasons.
  • No refunds will be granted to students dismissed from a program due to disciplinary actions or violating program rules.
  • If ETC cancels a class or program, a full refund minus the registration fee will be issued.
Policy Modifications:
The organization reserves the right to modify the refund policy at its discretion. Any changes will be communicated in advance whenever possible.
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