Grosse Pointe Theatre Presents  Summer Drama Workshops at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich., (April 23, 2010) – Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Grosse Pointe Theatre will combine forces this summer for ACTING UP: A Summer Theatre Camp for Creative Kids!, set for June 21-July 17, 2010.
Registration is now open to children 8 to 14 years old for two modules: Basic Acting Skills for the first two weeks and Performance Preparation for the final two weeks. Camp culminates with an outdoor performance for family and friends on Saturday, July 17 on Ford House’s Lakeside Terrace.
GPT will host the camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21-July 2 in its rehearsal studio at 315 Fisher Road in Grosse Pointe. The sessions will use theater games, classroom learning and video feedback to teach basic acting skills.
The second segment begins July 6 at Ford House for the performance-based module that will prepare campers for their final presentation. Campers ages 8-10 will attend from 9 a.m. to noon; ages 11-14 will attend from 1 to 4 p.m.
Hosting outdoor theater at Ford House was a concept embraced and promoted by landscape architect Jens Jensen, who designed the grounds more than 80 years ago. Jensen was a proponent of using outdoor spaces as places for drama and pageantry.  Whenever possible, he would incorporate small, natural clearings in his designs that could be used for plays, musical offerings or recitals.
 “We are so pleased that our partnership with Grosse Pointe Theatre has grown to bring the performing arts to our wonderful estate,” said Ford House President Kathleen Mullins. “I think Jens Jensen would be pleased to know that this landscape – one of the few private residences he created that is still intact – is being used in a way that will inspire our new and returning guests to discover and appreciate the natural grounds he so carefully designed.”
For GPT, this endeavor is a natural extension of its popular Youth on Stage Program.
“Grosse Pointe Theatre has been considering a summer camp for several years,” said Kathleen Conlon, GPT president. “Our discussions with Ford House provided the spark that made us believe we could offer a unique and fun learning experience for the children.  Youth on Stage has been in operation for 11 years and this summer camp is the perfect next step for expanding the program.”
 “After the show, our students and their guests are invited to a picnic on the grounds to celebrate their achievements,” said Mary Lou Britton of St. Clair Shores, executive producer for the camp project.
Registration is now open; information and registration forms can be downloaded at or Materials are also available at the Ford House Activities Center or Grosse Pointe Theatre offices.
Camp fees are $150 per week, with discounts for children of Ford House or Grosse Pointe Theatre members; as well as families with multiple children attending camp.
For more information on the camp, contact organizer Mary Lou Britton at 586.779.8974 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, located at 1100 Lake Shore Rd. in Grosse Pointe Shores, has been opening their doors to the public since 1978.  Since that time, Ford House has shared Eleanor Ford’s vision of preserving and maintaining the house and grounds for future generations to enjoy through interpretive tours, family activities, lectures, exhibits, and gardens and grounds events.  For more information about Ford House, go to or call 313.884.4222.

ACTING UP is made possible, in part by Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Founded 120 years ago, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is the first and only hospital in the state dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. A leader internationally in neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, oncology, and diagnostic services, it is ranked one of America’s best hospitals for children. More Michigan pediatricians are trained at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan than in any other facility. Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of nine hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.

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