When I spoke recently with ASU dance major Echo Laney, I asked her to share a bit about the benefits of participating in theater camps. Laney participated in Camp Broadway at ASU Gammage several years ago, and describes it as a life-changing experience.
“Theater camp opens you to new experiences,” reflects Laney. It makes for “nice networking” and helps campers “discover who they are and what they can do.” Reflecting on her own time with Camp Broadway, Laney shares that theater camp “opens the mind” and fuels powerful dreams.
I learned the hard way many years ago that many Valley summer day camps start filling up as early as February, but I know plenty of parents have yet to sit down with their children or teens to firm up summer plans — despite the fact that some camps begin next week.
For those still exploring summer camp options, here’s a nifty list of Valley organizations offering theater camps — complete with links so you can easily learn more about your many options. Don’t delay, because in many cases this really is your last chance…
Actor’s Youth Theatre at www.actorsyouththeatre.org
Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre at www.azact.org
Arizona Broadway Theatre at www.azbroadway.org
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company at www.azjewishtheatre.org
Art and Sol Performing Arts Program at www.artandsolprogram.com
ASU Gammage at www.asugammage.com
Chandler Center for the Performing Arts at www.chandlercenter.org
Childsplay Theatre Company at www.childsplayaz.org
Christian Youth Theater at www.cytphoenix.org
Creative Stage Youth Theatre at www.csyt.org
Dearing Acting Studio at www.dearingstudio.com
Desert Stages Theatre at www.desertstages.org
Do Re Mi School for the Arts at www.doremischool.com
East Valley Children’s Theatre at www.evct.org
Fountain Hills Community Theater at www.fhct.org
Greasepaint Youtheatre at www.greasepaint.org
Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts at www.kirksstudio.com
Life’s a Stage Productions at www.lasacting.com
Mesa Arts Center at www.mesaartscenter.com
Musical Theatre of Anthem at www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org
Phoenix Center for the Arts at www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org
Phoenix Theatre at www.phoenixtheatre.com
Scottsdale Conservatory of the Performing Arts at www.scottsdaleconservatory.com
Scottsdale Glee at www.scottsdaleglee.org
Scottsdale Studios at www.gleecamps.com
Spotlight Youth Theatre at www.spotlightyouththeatre.org
Starlight Community Theater at www.starlightcommunitytheater.org
Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy at www.studio3arts.com
Theater Works at www.theaterworks.org
Theatre Artists Studio at www.thestudiophx.org
Valley Youth Theatre at www.vyt.com
Voices: A Music & Arts Studio at www.voicesstudio.com
To learn more about theater and other camps, check out the “Summer Solutions” 2011 camp directory compiled by Mala Blomquist of Raising Arizona Kids.
If you know of another Valley organization offering summer theater camps, please comment below to let our readers know.
Note: Click here for links to camps that participated in the RAK Camp Fair 2011.
Coming up: Celebrating Father’s Day — arts and culture style!