Gorton Center - Lake Forest, IL - “Vacation - Wally World” Acting and Filmmaking Camp - Stage, Film and Float!

“Vacation – Wally World” Acting and Filmmaking Camp – Stage, Film and Float!

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“Vacation – Wally World” Acting and Filmmaking Camp – Stage, Film and Float!

Mon, June 24
9:00 am
- 3:00 pm

June 24- July 4


Mon, June 24, 2024 9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045

Acting, filmmaking and a performance at the 4th of July parade.

In the film “Vacation,” written by John Hughes, characters embark on a quest to the amusement park Wally World. Participants in Wally World Acting and Filmmaking Camp – Stage, Film, and Float! will immerse themselves in the creation of the Wally World universe, exploring the individuals who operate and inhabit the amusement park. Actors will create original characters and then create scenes and short films inspired by these people.

Throughout the camp, students will learn and hone fundamental acting skills, including hitting a mark, enunciation, and voice projection. Also, they will delve into advanced acting principles such as character development, building relationships, and creating real behavior. The program incorporates various activities like acting exercises, character work, and improvisations. Additionally, students will learn and advance screenwriting and filmmaking skills. 

Classes take place in various settings, including our intimate black box theater, the state-of-the-art 309-seat John and Nancy Hughes Theater, and our Film and TV Sound Stage. Classes and activities, including lunch, are held outside as much as the weather allows. 

Beyond the stage and screen, students will contribute to the decoration of a parade float for the Lake Bluff 4th of July parade. As a unique highlight, participants will rehearse a choreographed song and dance number during the camp, culminating in a live performance during the Lake Bluff 4th of July parade. This multifaceted experience ensures that students not only refine their acting and filmmaking skills but also actively engage in the creative process and contribute to a community celebration.

Join us for the Wally World Acting and Filmmaking Camp – Stage, Film, and Float!, a dynamic and immersive experience. Refine essential acting and filmmaking skills in various settings, and also actively contribute to the creative process and engage with the community!

Check out last year’s camp that was inspired by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! HERE

Dates and details:

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28

Monday July 1st – Thursday July 4 

9 Days total

9 am to 3pm


Ages 7 to 17

About Our Artistic Director:

Jeremy Kruse, Artistic Director of Gorton Drama Studio is the author of “The Young Actor’s Handbook” (Applause Acting Series, 2017).The book was published in Korean and Chinese in 2022. Jeremy is a professional actor, published playwright, award-winning screenwriter, and award-winning filmmaker. Some of the classes he taught at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York include Method Acting, Comedic Improvisation, Sketch Comedy Writing, and Acting for Film and TV. He graduated from The Strasberg Institute at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in drama. Jeremy also teaches privately, one on one  www.jeremykruse.com and www.jeremykruseactingtraining.com 

Instructor, Madison Kisst is an actor, director, and theatre teacher. She has taught for professional theater companies across the country and for the undergraduate acting program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Madison has extensive training in physical and classical theatre, voice and movement, and devising. As an actor, some of her credits include: American Repertory Theater, Lyric Repertory Company, The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Conservatory Theater, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. She has her BA in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Performance.

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Mon, June 24
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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