Berkeley Community Church
Our 2008 summer camp pictures:
The Pied Piper Players began 18 years ago as a theatrical summer activity for the children attending All Saints Day Care. All Saints Day Care is no longer in existence, but The Pied Piper Players, and our original children's shows, have continued each summer.
Not every child is born with 'stage presence' or a inclination for the dramatic arts. But we feel the arts are an exceptional way to enrich children's understanding of the world around them. A recent study by the Wallace Foundation concluded that
"giving individuals repeated rewarding experiences with the arts over time is a necessary first step before other, more public benefits of the arts can be realized. These other benefits include exposure to new perspectives, sharpened learning skills among young people, expanded capacity or empathy, and stronger social bonds in communities."
and most importantly,
"the strongest art-involvement effects on young people are likely to come from direct involvement in the performing arts."
We truly believe that by giving children a positive experience in the dramatic arts, we enrich life for us all. We strive to enable them to expand their abilities beyond preconceived notions, tap into their uniquely genius young imaginations, and enrich their minds and hearts through self-expression.
Our plays are original works, written with children in mind. Our camp focuses on the full process of putting together a live production and workshopping an original children's play. Kids help backstage as well as performing out front. Campers each recieve a DVD of the final production, a camp T shirt and two complimentary tickets.
Our 2012 Production
“My daughters have participated in many drama companies. They have enjoyed them all, but without hesitation have had more fun and learned more from Marcie Dlin’s drama instruction than from any other camp. Marcie is instrumental in inspiring my daughters to be confident, elegant, fun-loving public speakers and performers.”