NOTE: While we are returning to safely performing for live audiences, parts of the camp experience will still be modified (as they were in 2020). MTC is still committed to providing a fun and SAFE camp experience. As a result, some of the traditions and activities listed below that we normally offer may be adjusted or changed for this year.
MYT FAQ
Summer theater programs come in all shapes and sizes - finding a theater program that offers a good experience and value for your family can be difficult. Only MTC offers a dynamic theater program in a day camp setting that combines the fun of summer camp with the excitement of theater. Don't spend your summer in a stuffy auditorium - kids already spend enough time indoors! MTC rehearses in the fresh air at the beautiful Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp. This isn't your average summer theater - this is the Meriden Youth Theatre's MTC! You don't want to miss this!
MTC is just $40/day for YMCA members. 
What is MTC?
The Meriden Youth Theatre combines theater and summer the way nature intended it - outdoors. This isn't a workshop - it's a full quality MYT production. In just two weeks, campers and staff will stage a show that looks like it's been in rehearsal for months. But the fun doesn't stop there - campers enjoy all the benefits of Mountain Mist Day Camp including swimming, the water slide, games, and the overnight. Both rehearsals and the performances are held in the MYTent. Don't let the venue fool you - the staff transforms the outdoor tent into a full blown stage, with all the seating, sound, and lighting you'd expect in an auditorium. Each year 100 performers take to the stage - you don't want to miss this!
An MTC Summer
The 10 week MTC summer is divided into 5 separate sessions, each 2 weeks long.
Each session offers a different experience for campers. 
Our first session is devoted to our “Rising Stars” (Entering Grades 1-4), where campers are paired with a CIT (Counselor in Training) to provide the best camp experience possible for our younger actors and actresses. Our second session is for our "Junior Company" (Entering grades 4-8) with a musical theatre training and a show appropriate for their experience level.
The third session is dedicated to our Teen Company (Entering grades 8-12), offering a fun, but intensive, theater experience. 
Dance camp will run session 4 (Grades 1-12) and our annual Backyard Broadway session will be held session 5 (Grades K-2).
An MTC Session
So how do we fit an entire production into just two weeks? Auditions are held on Zoom the Monday before each session. Once camp begins we rehearse blocking, choreograph dances, practice vocals, paint sets, and prepare for the upcoming production. 
After morning rehearsals, we enjoy traditional camp activities like swimming!
Show Time
MTC performs for family and friends at the end of the session. Shows are held under the outdoor MYTent at 8 PM. For 2021, seating will be "bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chair."
An MTC Day
Each day begins with rehearsals from 9-12 followed by lunch and free time. In the afternoon, MTC gets to swim in the outdoor pool or enjoying camp activites with the MTC staff. Then the day wraps up with a final rehearsal before heading home. While MTC rehearses in the shade under the MYTent, it does get warm in the summer sun. Campers should bring water and apply sunscreen at home. This is camp, not the beach - sneakers are a must! Campers also need to bring a bathing suit, as we swim everyday. Sometimes we even get to go on the waterside!
Breakfast and Lunch
Campers will be offered a nut free breakfast snack and hot lunch (meals are provided free). Menus will be on the YMCA website. If your camper prefers, they can bring a peanut and tree nut free lunch in a brown paper bag labeled with their name.
Auditions
All campers will audition, even if they just want an ensemble part. All students who register are cast in the show. The cast list will be posted on the website. All roles are final. Auditions are held the week before the session on Zoom by appointment. Campers who are registered for camp will receive an email with instructions how to sign up for an audition slot and the audition materials. These emails are sent a week before auditions and 2 weeks before the camp session begins. 
Why did my child get this part?
The MYT Staff takes casting very seriously. There are many factors that contribute to putting a cast list together. The staff must see what is best for each individual and for the cast as a whole. Visit our "About Us" page to view our full Audition Policy. 
Registration
Register today at the downtown YMCA front desk! Since MTC is part of the Meriden YMCA’s Mountain Mist Day Camp, registration is handled by the Meriden YMCA. You do not need to be a Meriden resident or a YMCA member to register.
Full member $395. Program member $445. All campers are cast in the show.
Attendance
Since MTC only has 9 days to put a show together, each day is extremely important. Attendance at camp each day is mandatory for participation. All MTC campers must be at all performances on Thursday and Friday. Those who can not participate in all performances will be limited to the ensemble.
Camp runs from 9 AM - 3 PM Monday-Friday.
CIT Program/Volunteer Opportunities
Each year during the first session of camp, the MTC staff trains and prepares active MYT members entering grades 9-12 in the CIT program. CITs are paired with staff members to guide and mentor them through the session. 

Transportation to Camp
Campers can be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian at Mountain Mist or take a bus. There are 5 bus lines that stop at various locations around the city (super markets, schools, etc). You will receive a bus schedule with your registration materials at the Downtown YMCA.
What if it rains?
When bad weather is expected, MTC may cancel the camp day and instead rehearse online. However, usually we can continue rehearsing in the MYTent even if there is liquid sunshine!
Need to reach us?
Please send all questions and concerns to our email, myt@meridenymca.org.

(203) 4410-MYT
If you need to reach the staff during camp, text the staff at (203) 441-0698. We will make sure your message gets to the right person.  

Transportation changes must be directed to the camp office: (203) 237-7864.
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