Listing: theater camps

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

Rising Star Performing Arts Academy: Campers receive instruction in voice, dance and drama from instructors with many years of professional experience on Broadway, in film and on television. The camp culminates in a full-cast evening production.

Dates: June 17-28.

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ages: Elementary, middle and high school age.

Location: Performing Arts Center at P.K. Yonge.

Cost: $550.

Contact: Keith Watson Productions, 264-8814.

Matheson Museum's History Theater Camp ("Digging Into History"): Campers use their reading, language, theater and creative writing talents combined with the performing arts to explore the history of Alachua County and Gainesville in the museum's library and archives and recreate it by using spoken word, visual or performing arts.

Dates: June 24-28.

Hours: 10 a.m.-noon. Monday and Wednesday.

Ages: Third- through eighth-graders.

Cost: Free.

Location: Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave.

Contact: 378– 2280 or

Super Smart Summer Camp 2013: Award-winning children's arts and academic program, in which every child receives violin, piano, dance, math and science instruction and participates in a Broadway-style show. The core classes are taught by licensed and certified reading, science, music, dance and drama teachers.

Dates: June 10-28.

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with pick-up by 5:30 p.m.

Ages: Incoming kindergarteners-11th graders.

Cost: $275.

Location: Star Center Children's Theatre and the Actors' Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.

Contact: 222-3699, 870-0064 or visit

Gainesville Association for the Creative Arts Summer Drama & Musical Theatre Camps: Campers learn new shows each week so they can take one or more weeks and work on a different show each time. Each week features acting and improvisation games, vocal training, dance and more, led by trained arts educators and professionals.

Dates: Eight one-week sessions starting June 10.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ages: Incoming second- through fifth-graders, and middle and high school students.

Cost: $295 per week. Early drop-off available most weeks at no charge.

Location: Oak Hall School's Cofrin Theatre.

Contact: Visit or and click on summer program GACA camps.

Gainesville Association for the Creative Arts Performance Art Workshops and Camps: Students create an original show with costumes, scenery, music and more. This year's themes include outer space themes or rainforest themes. There are also individual workshops in art, music, drama and dance at both Oak Hall School and Studio Percussion. Workshops and classes range from one hour to a half-day, 1-5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays.

Dates: June 10-July 4. Two- and four-week options available.

Ages: 4-6 and 7-12.

Cost: Prices start at $55 for eight workshop classes and range to $395 for the four-week half-day camp.

Location: Oak Hall School's Cofrin Theatre.

Contact: Visit or and click on summer program GACA camps.

Hippodrome Theatre Program: Classes explore the theatre process in a professional environment. Three programs available depending on a camper's age. Youth Ensemble: Half-day, two-week summer art and theatre experience for ages 5 and 6, allows campers to explore the world of theatre through games, costumes, props, art and even getting cast in a Hippodrome play.

Dates: July 8-19.

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $250.

Summer Spectacular: Full-day, three-week theatre arts camp for ages 7-12, allows young artists to rotate through a series of workshops, including acting, dance and audition techniques, lighting, costume and set design and acting for video and television production.

Dates: June 11-28 (session 1) and July 8-26 (session 2).

Cost: $500 per session.

Class Act: Full-day, three-week summer program, for ages 13-17, takes older actors into the professional theatre process. Workshops introduce them to acting, dance and audition techniques, as well as acting for video and television production. Students also learn all aspects of play production, including marketing, props, lighting, set and costume design.

Dates: June 11-28 (session 1) and July 8-26 (session 2).

Cost: $500 per session.


Camp Broadway: Camp Broadway, a nationally-recognized theater camp, has added Gainesville to its list of summer camp stops. Campers at all levels learn from established Broadway artists. A typical session includes master classes in voice, dance and acting, question-and-answer sessions with industry professionals, and a backstage seminar with a production crew. The session's final day includes a Family Finale musical presentation.

Dates: July 29-Aug. 2.

Ages: 10-17.

Location: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at UF.

Cost: $650.

Contact: Sunny Naughton at 212-575-2450 or, or visit

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