Some people may have been raised on country sunshine, but I was raised on stage lights, applause and that wonderful waxy smell of hot liquid coming out of a glue gun. As a mom now, I have to wonder why in the world I was allowed to use a hot glue gun in elementary school (and I have the scars to prove it), but that’s another story.
Needless to say, as soon as my daughter was of age, I steered her in every direction except the theatre. We tried gymnastics, cheerleading, dance and she ended up choosing ….the stage. She was the female lead in her show this spring. Okay – it’s my blog. I’m allowed to brag.
She lives to be on stage. Do you have a budding thespian in your family who needs something to do over the summer? Here are some options. If you have experience with any of these camps, please post a comment so we can all benefit from your recommendation and suggestions.
Camp Showbiz at the Magik Theatre
At the two week sessions, kids create and perform their own stage plays from the first word to the last stage direction. The four-week sessions for the older actors and actresses are full-stage Broadway productions. You may want to check on glue gun use!
- 2-Week Sessions for Ages 5 and up: June 8 – August 21
- 4-Week Sessions for ages 12 and up: June 15 – August 7
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care available
- Cost: $335 for 2-week sessions; $525 for 4-week sessions
- Register online: http://budurl.com/campshowbiz
Jewish Community Center Camp Teatron
The JCC has a well-established theatre program that runs the entire year. In the summer, a month-long camp culminates in a full-stage production of a play. This summer’s show is The Aristocats. Important note: you have to be a member to attend Camp Teatron, but sometimes the JCC offers special membership deals. Another important note: you do not have to be Jewish!
- June 15-July 10
- 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended care available
- Cost: $670
- Register online: http://budurl.com/JCCcamp
Stone Oak Youth Theatre Camp
This is the new kid on the block and will be owner MaryClaire Becan’s first summer offering a camp. What’s nice is that you can choose from one of two tracks: acting or musical theatre. Because SOYT is at its heart an educational facility, the experience includes character studies, analysis and scene work, especially for the older kids. Here’s a great story by Edmond Ortiz in MySA.com.
- Acting Camp, June 8-12 or July 6-10 for ages 7-13
- Musical Theatre Camp, June 22-26 or July 27-31 for ages 7-13
- Teen Camp, June 20-24 for ages 13-17
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Cost: $160
- Fantasy Playhouse, June 29-July 3 for ages 3-6
- Princess Prep School (aww…do they take grownups?), July 13-17 for ages 3-6
- 9 a.m. to noon
- Register online: http://budurl.com/thkw
Some more quick links
- Camp Hollywood & Camp Hollywood Jr. Details: Steven Stoli Backyard Theatre
- Theatre Summer Camp for Kids at The George Gervin Academy. Details: The Renaissance Guild
- Center Stage Camp at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre on Fort Sam Houston. Details: Not online. Call 210-222-9694.
- Camp Broadway 2009. Details: San Pedro Playhouse