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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Theater camps, from the casual to the competitive

Two decades before Dan Futterman, Bennett Miller and Philip Seymour Hoffman joined up for "Capote," they collaborated on a different project — a summer theater program.

Back then, they were just high school students looking to spend their break the way thousands of teenagers still do: having fun while indulging their passion for acting.

The options for summer theater camps today are as numerous as Shakespeare's soliloquies.

Some programs require auditions, others don't. Some focus exclusively on theater, others incorporate a more traditional camp experience. Some concentrate on putting on large Broadway-style musicals, others on teaching the craft....