Our round-up of online summer camps with a drama bent
Sure, with social distancing still under effect in much of the world, summer camp will look different this year. But many of the camps, especially geared toward theater kids, are finding ways to deliver the fun — and the instruction — virtually.
Faith Clark, with Drama Kids International, acknowledged in a YouTube video promoting the company’s online summer classes that this summer will certainly be different.
“As you know, this challenging time of social distancing has changed the way students are learning across the country and around the world. But one thing that does nto have to change is their creative outlet,” she says. “Drama Kids is bringing our fun, fast-passed, collaborative classes right to the comfort of your own home.”
Whether you’re considering a global company like Drama Kids or one of your local community theaters, we encourage you to check out the variety of offerings and see what best fits your kids’ talents and passion.
Here are a few online summer camps worth looking into.
2020 Summer Arts at Mason
Mason Community Arts Academy, part of George Mason University, is rolling out an online version of its award-winning Acting for Young People summer camps. The camp provides lessons for kids ages 5 to 18 from working professionals in theater and film industries.
Actors will learn a wide variety of acting techniques, methods and theories, geared specifically for their age range and developmental levels, working with instructors and special guest artists. Campers will also get a mix of lessons in acting, voice, movement, musical theater and improvisation.
The academy is hosting a virtual open house via Zoom on Saturday, June 6. Tune in and learn more about the camp’s offerings here.
Drama Kids International
Drama Kids International is offering drama camps via video conferencing software for kids ages 5-12. Choose from fun and exciting camps such as “Make ‘em Laugh”, “Superheroes”, “Hollywood and Rockstars” and “The Wonderful World of Wizardry.”
Among the courses is a Comedy Club Class and a Play Performance Class.
Camps are offered every day for one week. Meanwhile, the individual classes take place one day a week for a month, allowing time for campers to practice between each class.
Drama Kids is an international franchise, so you’ll likely find a local Drama Kids camp near where you live. But, thanks to its online summer camps, budding performers can log on from anywhere.
Learn more about Drama Kids International’s online summer camps here.
Older kids, from ages 10 to 17, will love the interactive song- and dance-filled drama camp offered by Camp Broadway. This online summer camp class features New York theater pros as teachers, a watch party for a recorded Broadway show featuring a special guest for live chat.
Camp curriculum runs for a total of 30 hours Monday through Friday for two weeks. Campers can choose their weeks throughout July and August. The program ends in a spectacular live Family Finale production complete with a professional video of the camp’s ensemble. Sign up now and, as Camp Broadway says, begin “developing your character.”
Susan Lee, CEO and Brand Strategist of Camp Broadway, said they started the camp in 2016 to fill a void.
“When we started Camp Broadway, there were many programs for kids that were extraordinary talented or wanted to be a professional and there were a lot of programs for kids who were underserved or disadvantaged. But there really wasn’t anything for kids who just loved it.”
“There’s no expectation at Camp Broadway that you’re going to be a professional,” Lee adds. “You’re going to be taught by professionals. You’re going to get an insight into the world of what it means to be a professional.”
StageCoach Theatre Company
StageCoach Theatre Company, in Northern Virginia, offers a tantalizing array of online summer camps for 10- to 19-year-olds. The course list includes: Improv Camp, a Dueling Duets Musical Theater Camp, and On-Camera Acting Camp. Campers can lend their talents to “Homeschooled,” a comedic drama inspired by the COVID-19 situation.
Classes are interactive and the teachers are professional actors still in the business. Learn from the best to become the best.
Virtual camps offer real summer fun
The coronavirus has shoved us into a strange new world. We have to find ways to adapt, at least for the time being. But if the human race is good at anything, it’s innovation.
Now with online summer camps as an option, kids can still have an interactive, fulfilling experience from home. Check out one (or a few!) of these incredible classes.