During The National WWII Museum's two-week Bob & Dolores Hope Summer Theater Camp, campers become future stars as they learn how BB's Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum puts on a show. Campers, working one-on-one with trained, talented, and friendly Museum professionals in the Museum's state-of-the-art Stage Door Canteen, will be taught the rudiments of stage-craft including opportunities for both on-stage and off-stage roles. The final week of The Bob & Dolores Hope Summer Theater Camp will culminate in a variety show performance by the camp-goers on July 9-20, 2018 in BB's Stage Door Canteen, which will be open to friends and family. This performance will be professionally recorded for posterity with each family receiving a copy of the performance on DVD. All campers will also enjoy a special behind-the-scenes viewing of original USO entertainment artifacts and costumes from World War II.
Whether your camper is most interested in singing, dancing, telling a joke, or delivering a dramatic line, The Bob & Dolores Hope Summer Theater Camp is the place to learn to do it best. All theater camp attendees will be directed in small groups and receive personal attention. All theater camp attendees will be given their parts based upon both their interests and prior experience. Also, prior to camp commencement, camp-goers will be contacted via phone or email by Museum staff to discuss details of the production in which the campers will be cast, as well as to distribute any materials or scripts that may be needed.
The story of how Bob Hope gave levity and laughter to troops during one of the most brutal conflicts in human history is a crucial component of the history of the war—and a demonstration of how humanity can shine through in the darkest of times. The National WWII Museum is proud to have this program supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.
Details and Registration
Our 2018 Bob & Dolores Hope Summer Theater Camp showcased 17 talented performers! To learn more about the daily schedule or view FAQs, see the information below.
Registration for all National WWII Museum camps will open on Friday, February 1, 2019, for Museum members and Friday, February 8, 2019, for nonmembers.
Students Entering Grades 5 – 8
2019 camp dates coming soon!
Drop-off between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.
Pick-up at 3:00 p.m.
Total Price for Two-Week Session:
$250 for Members
$275 for Non-Members
Drop-off and Pick-up Details:
Drop off your camper between 8:45 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. at the entrance to Louisiana Memorial Pavilion on Magazine Street, just before it intersects with Andrew Higgins Drive. You may pull into the bus zone where Museum staff will greet your child.
Pickup time for all camps is between 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Cars can line up on the passenger side of Magazine Street in the bus zone (a map will be provided prior to camp session). Parents will be given a tag to display on their front windshield to identify their camper. If a parent must pick their child up early or misses the pickup window, they must park and come inside the Museum.
*A very limited number of camp scholarships are available for students who attend Title I schools. Check out our special offer!
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