Doug's Drama (Oakland, CA)
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My 6 yr old daughter really wants to participate in some kind of theatre/drama
camp this summer. We are interested in trying out Doug's Drama - - but wonder if
anyone else has had an experience with this camp.
My son went to Doug's Drama last summer and had a great experience. He was
6 and the play was just perfect for him. There was lots of comedy, action,
adventure and fantasy and he had a ball. The production was terrific and
the parents seemed to all love it.
Doug is a marvelous teacher and great with the kids and so was his
assistant Jessica.My son also loved the stories that Doug tells. He is a
gifted storyteller and my son would come home and tell me his stories from
beginning to end.
We are returning this summer for sure!
I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the Narnia
Playhouse theater camp as I couldn't find any reviews in the
archives. How are the days structured? Were you happy with the
overall quality of the experience. How much rehearsing/memorizing
did you have to do at home? Would you do the camp again?
Thanks a lot! Andrea
My son and daughter (ages 11 and 9) have attended the Narnia
Playhouse Theater Camp for the past two summers, and they have
also participated in Doug Cole's after-school drama classes at
Redwood Heights School for numerous sessions. They have always
enjoyed the camps, classes, and plays and have asked me to make
sure to sign them up again (except my son is now over the upper
age limit). My impression has been quite the opposite of the
previous reviewer -- my kids and their friends have had a lot of
fun in the classes and plays. The emphasis is on everyone having
a good time and participating, so parents looking for lots of
professional actor training and super-polished productions may
not find it their cup of tea, but I am certainly planning to sign
my daughter up again this summer -- and I know she'll keep
reminding me until I do so.
My son has gone to the Narnia Playhouse Drama Camp twice and
has loved it. He also takes classes from Doug Cole during the
school year and enjoys these a lot. The plays Doug does are
wonderful- funny, creative and meaningful. The bottom line is
the kids seem to really have fun and the productions are quite
I noticed one posting from a dissatisfied parent. Doesn't even
sound like the same camp my son attended! After the
performance, I heard many parents saying how much they enjoyed
the production and how much their child enjoyed the camp.
Mr. Cole, the director of the camp, is a wonderful, creative,
gifted, and very kind teacher. We only have wonderful things to
say about him and his camp.
Over the years my step-children have attended his camp or
taken after school classes. They rave about him and his camp.
They've also developed passion for both theater and story
telling, thanks to Mr. C, as the children call him. We highly
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