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2017 Music Drama English Camp

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Key Information

Date & Time:​ ​​​​​

July 19-26, 2017, 9 am-6 pm​​


Age Range:

Junior: 9-12 years old

Senior: 13-17 years old

(Students ages 7 or 8 years old need to have an audition)

Camp Site:

The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou Xinhai Concert Hall

Meal & Accommodation:

Lunch and refreshment included. Day and boarding options available


About the Camp

50% Drama - Drama instruction based on the methods and curriculum of top International Schools.

50% Music - Music activities including songwriting, group singing, and musical theater. 

100% English - Our powerful program improves English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through music and drama.

For the past 3 years, Near West has been using drama and music to develop Creative Thinking, Collaborative Teamwork, Self-Confidence, and of course, English. This year, we’ve added even more music into the mix for our 'Music Drama English' camp. Our inclusive process ensures that all students are able to develop their potential, have fun, and make new friends through meaningful activities.

We believe that when learning is enjoyable, students study with enthusiasm and purpose. This camp is an immersive English language experience suitable for students of all English levels, with personalized instruction to ensure every student improves.

The curriculum for this camp has been specially designed by Near West President Mike Ludwick (乐小虎), who has drawn upon his experience as a drama department head at the American International School of Guangzhou and a long-time member of the International Schools Theater Association. Mike also brings his unique background as a singer, songwriter, performer, and a pioneer in the field of cultivating creativity to this very special camp. Mike will personally serve as the Camp Director, providing coordination for the other instructors, and ensuring the overall program continuity and quality.



Music Track - In the Music Track, students will engage with a variety of English language music activities, from singing to songwriting, and from musical theater songs to modern pop. 

Drama Track - The Drama Track will focus on developing performance and public speaking skills with an emphasis on teamwork and the creative process. Students will engage in activities like reader’s theater, oral interpretation of literature, and improvisation.   

Workshops - In addition to daily instruction in drama and music, students will also have an opportunity to choose a workshop focus based on their personal interest. Workshops will include different creative topics like mask making, poetry writing, or music production.



Curriculum July 19-25 (Day 1-7)

General Curriculum

Curriculum July 19-25 (Day 1-7)

General Curriculum


Instructional Team

 American Entertainer & Educator
Mike Ludwick - American Entertainer & Educator

Mike Ludwick, better known as 乐小虎 in China, is an American entertainer, educator, and entrepreneur who has been living in Guangzhou since 2007.  He spent 8 years working at the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG), including 4 as the head of the MS Drama Department and has more than 15 years of experience working with the International Schools Theater Association (ISTA). As an entertainer and singer, Mike has appeared on dozens of TV programs and has collaborated with famous Chinese stars such as Jacky Chan(成龙), Jike Junyi(吉克隽逸), Jason Zhang(张杰), and MoMo Wu(吴莫愁).  


Pete Benson - British Performer, Writer & Director

Pete Benson is an experienced British performer, writer, director, teacher (B.Ed.), and an artist with the International Schools Theatre Association. He is the writer and director of the feature film The Scar Crow, which won the London Independent Film Festival award for best Science Fiction / Horror film. He has experience in the film industry as an actor and technician, has written movies, musicals, pantomimes, comedies and dramas, and his UK-based theater company worked closely with the Prince's Trust touring drugs awareness theater programs. As a lover of technology, Pete is also well-versed in the technical aspects of film and theater.  He believes in the philosophy of the performer as creator and in the pursuit of imagination. 


Siobhan Ginty - World Class Choreographer Director & Performer

Siobhan Ginty has amassed diverse credits across the entertainment industry in both creative and performance roles, with rich experiences in directing, performing, choreographing and creating.  She was the Director of The Illusionists – The Next Generation of Magic which is currently on a European Tour and was the Resident Director/Choreographer of the Australian tour of We Will Rock You, the Queen musical directed by Ben Elton.  She was a performer in the theatrical productions of CATS (World Tour) in the role of Tantomile; Titanic The Musical as Mirella DaMicos; Kiss Me Kate; Cinderella (UK); The Witches of Eastwick; Showboat; Happy Days; and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  She has choreographed for Sandy Lam (林忆莲) in Hong Kong and choreographed or performed for numerous commercial campaigns and international clients including Qantas, Cadbury’s, Smiths, Lorus, Toyota, Johnny Walker and Coca-Cola. 


Joke Tummers - World Class Musician & Educator

Jo Tummers is a professional musician and educator with a Master's Degree in Music from the world-renowned Conservatory of Amsterdam. With clarinet as her main instrument, Jo has been coached by world-class maestros such as Sabine Meyer, Paul Meyer, and Ralph Manno and has worked with numerous internationally acclaimed artists including Lang Lang(郎朗), Yundi Li(李云迪), Tan Dun(谭盾), and Yo-Yo Ma(马友友).  In China, she was hired as a foreign expert performer with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. 


Other Team Members

The instructional team is supported by teaching assistants and camp counselors who are either recent graduates or current students in advanced University programs in the United States, U.K., or Europe.


Camp Facilities

The LN Garden Hotel

The first 5 days of the camp will be held at the 5-star LN Garden Hotel. Students will enjoy the award-winning food and beautiful setting of Guangzhou’s landmark luxury hotel.

Boarding students will stay in Garden Hotel Premier rooms with executive level access and enjoy the daily buffet breakfast on the 30th floor of the hotel, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, and nightly buffet dinners at the Cascade Café, featuring award-winning cuisine from Executive Chef Robert Conaway.

Students enjoy the 5-star Garden Hotel dining.


Xinghai Concert Hall

The final 3 days of the camp will be held at the Xinghai Concert hall on Ersha Island. Xinghai concert hall is one of the premier performing arts venues in China, and students from the camp will benefit from use of the excellent facilities and organizational support, including the chance to perform on the Xinghai Concert Hall stage for the student showcase.


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