June 19, 2014

TIFT launches revised summer day camp program

Summer camp season is almost upon us, and that means Talk Is Free Theatre is getting ready to open its doors to aspiring young performers.

TIFT’s Monday to Friday summer day camps have become a staple for local youth with a flair for the dramatic. But this year, the instructors are trying something ground-breaking.

“In the past, we have often relied on pre-written scripts,” says instructor Abby Woods. “This year, we’re working completely from scratch.”

“Instead of handing them a script on Monday morning, we teach them about improv, characters, and storytelling,” Abby explains. “Then they tell us what kind of play they want to create.”

On Monday night, the counsellors take the characters and plot ideas brainstormed by the students, and craft them into the script of a one-act play. The next four days are committed to rehearsal and theatrical fun.

“I think it is best when we use ideas the kids came up with themselves,” says Abby, “because it gives them a chance to explore whatever they want. It also means that they really own the play.”

Abby will be joined as an instructor by Alexa Oakley, an experienced educator going into her fourth year of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.

“Ultimately, I want to be a teacher working with primary school kids and kids with special needs,” says Alexa. This past year, Alexa gained valuable experience in this area through her involvement with the Special Needs Activity Program.

“The most amazing thing about kids is that they think of things in ways that would never occur to adults,” she says.

TIFT’s summer day camps run July 14-18, July 21-25, August 11-15, and August 18-22. The hours are 9-4, with before and after care also available. There are separate camps for ages 6-9 and 10-14. The cost is $190 per week.

For more information, or to register, all 705-792-1949 or visit


Robbie Woods
Director of Education
Talk Is Free Theatre
(707)792-1949 ext. 24