Summer Camp Guide: Dance and Drama Day Camps

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
A Columbus Children's Theatre summer camp

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Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Adult Camp

Ages served: 16-99

Dates/times: 6/25-7/1, 8/13-8/19; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Whether you're a beginner or need brushing up on your skills and direction, this is a stress-free week designed for all, from high school juniors to school of life.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Elementary Camp – Monsters!

Ages served: 5-10

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This camp features a camper-created play regarding monsters and other scary creatures in a lighthearted introduction to the world of theater.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Fairy Tales Come to Life!

Ages served: 5-10

Dates/times: 7/30-8/3; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This camp will feature campers performing stories based on favorite fairy tales. Scripts will be chosen, rehearsed, memorized, costumed and performed. This camp is for students new to theater or who just love dressing up.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Full-Day Camp

Ages served: 12-18

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22, 7/16-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Our most popular camp for middle and high school students has been super-sized. Each day will feature a new technique, from memorization and blocking to improv and character creation. Campers also will explore set design and construction, painting, staging and costuming.

Cost: $250

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Improv

Ages served: 9-99

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15, 8/6-8/10; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This camp features the art of improvisation. Improv games will be featured, as well as scene creation, memory techniques, characterization and more. Suitable for all skill levels.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

Actors' Theatre of Columbus: Globe School: Play Creation

Ages served: 9-99

Dates/times: 8/13-8/17; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: A new offering ends our summer camp season, focusing on creating a new play to be performed by week's end. Create a story through improv techniques, movement, campers' favorite plays, movies and shows.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Actors' Theatre of Columbus, 1000 City Park Ave., Columbus

For more information:614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org

BalletMet: American Girlfriend

Ages served: 6-8

Dates/times: 7/23-7/27; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Learn dances inspired by American Girl dolls' characters and time periods. Participants will express their individuality by creating a dance of their own.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Beach Party

Ages served: 3-4

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; less than 2 hours

Description: This program will have participants pretending to dance on the beach and in the sun. Parents are invited to a beach party on the final day.

Cost: $90

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Blast into Space

Ages served: 4-6

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Discover planets and stars as we create our own idea of the solar system. Parents are welcome on the final day.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Dance Around the World

Ages served: 4-6

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Embark on an imaginary journey around the world and learn folk dances. Using props, rhythm instruments and costumes, campers will perform for parents on the final day.

Cost: $150

Camp location: BalletMet, 322 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-586-8661, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Dancing Theatre Tales

Ages served: 5-7

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Students will learn a classic fairy tale from BalletMet and Columbus Children's Theatre professionals. Experience a unique performance on the last day.

Cost: $200

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Ocean Motion

Ages served: 6-7

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22, 7/9-7/13; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This underwater expedition will have students diving into depths unexplored as they learn to sway like jellyfish and glide like sea turtles.

Cost: $150

Camp location: BalletMet, 322 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Once Upon a Sugar Plum

Ages served: 4-6

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her princess friends as they travel through magical lands. Watch as a fairy-tale story unfolds on this imaginative adventure.

Cost: $150

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

BalletMet: Triple Threat

Ages served: 8-12

Dates/times: 7/30-8/3; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Hone the three skills of a triple threat—singing, dancing and acting—working with professionals from BalletMet and Columbus Children's Theatre and create a last-day-of-camp performance.

Cost: $210

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: dance@balletmet.org, 614-229-4860, balletmet.org/academy/summer/summer-camps

CATCO: CATCO is Kids Summer Acting Camps

Ages served: 4-18

Dates/times: 6/11-7/20; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Create a mini-show in just one week. From film camps to Shakespeare toDr. Who, we've got something for everyone. There's also a summer show camp in August for “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.”

Cost: $50 per week, ages 4-5; $175 per week, ages 6-12; $200 summer show, ages 9-18; $400 audition showcase (ages 12-18)

Camp location: Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus

For more information: Andrew Protopapas, aprotopapas@catco.org, 614-645-7577, catco.org/education/summer-camps

CATCO: CATCO's Broadway2LA Acting Studio Summer Acting Camps

Ages served: 13-18

Dates/times: 6/11-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Experience what it's like to act in Hollywood and on Broadway, or create a film from the ground up or cultivate your improv skills. Classes are geared for teens who love to act. Showcases for each camp will be red-carpet events.

Cost: $200 per week

Camp location: Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus

For more information: info@broadway2la.com, 614-572-9005, broadway2la.com/classes/teens-classes

City of Upper Arlington: Arts Academy

Ages served: 11-13

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; full day (6+ hours)

Description: This experience in musical theater is for young performers of all levels. Students will learn fundamentals of acting and singing and go through the process of putting together a production, from audition to performance.

Cost: $275 resident, $325 nonresident

Camp location: Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington

For more information: Lynette Santoro-Au, lsantoroau@uaoh.net, 614-583-5312, uaoh.net/culturalarts

Columbus Children's Theatre: Broadway Boot Camp

Ages served: grades 2-5

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: This camp is for beginning and intermediate performers. Students will learn important fundamentals of acting, singing and dance, while developing the confidence needed to take the stage in a musical.

Cost: $205

Camp location: Hilliard Civic & Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St., Hilliard

For more information:614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Camp ROCK! Full-Day Camp

Ages served: grades 8-12

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Students learn from some of Columbus' finest musicians how to play guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, or even how to sing like a superstar.

Cost: $325

Camp location: Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Fairies, Dreams and Disguises: The Theatrical World of Shakespeare

Ages served: grades 5-8

Dates/times: 7/16-7/20; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Shakespeare wrote wonderful plays full of fantasy, mistaken identity and unexpected twists and turns. In this camp, students will explore the characters, plots and themes from some of Shakespeare's famous comedies and romances.

Cost: $199

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Hamilton Half-Day Camp

Ages served: grades 5-8

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Students will be “in the room where it happens.” Come ready to work songs, scenes, dances and rap battles with other fans of this hip-hop musical.

Cost: $210

Camp location: CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St., Columbus

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Hashtag Comedy Improvised Musical Full-Day Camp

Ages served: grades 9-12

Dates/times: 8/6-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: With an improvised musical, every performer has the chance to be the star-crossed lover, the goofy sidekick, the sinister villain or the all-knowing, Act II ghost with all the answers. It all depends on the title (which you don't know yet).

Cost: $325

Camp location: CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St., Columbus

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Hogwarts Summer Day Camp

Ages served: grades 2-5

Dates/times: 6/4-6/8, 6/25-6/29; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Participants spend the week learning theatrical lore and casting dramatic spells as they build acting skills and confidence.

Cost: $325

Camp location: CCT Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus (6/4-6/8); Hilliard Civic & Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St., Hilliard (6/25-6/29)

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Junie B. Jones Half-Day Camp

Ages served: grades K-2

Dates/times: 6/4-6/8; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Students will meet new friends and create Junie B. stories filled with their favorite characters and adventures. In addition to creativity, this camp will address story sequencing, focus and concentration.

Cost: $199

Camp location: CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St., Columbus

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Make 'Em Laugh Full-Day Camp

Ages served: grades 5-8

Dates/times: 7/30-8/3; full day (6+ hours)

Description: This camp will turn its students into doctors of comedic timing. Through exploration of improvisation, theater games, clowning and more, students will learn to perform with precision and creativity.

Cost: $315

Camp location: CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St., Columbus

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Making Movies Day Camp

Ages served: grades 6-9

Dates/times: 6/18-6/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Students will work together as actors, directors, camera operators, editors and scriptwriters to put together commercials, music videos and more.

Cost: $325

Camp location: Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Multimedia Performance Day Camp

Ages served: grades 6-9

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Learn about acting, interactive theater and filmmaking from the pros at Columbus Children's Theatre and the McConnell Arts Center.

Cost: $305

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: On Broadway! Half-Day Camp

Ages served: grades 5-8

Dates/times: 6/25-6/29; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Students will jump into the magic of Broadway plays and musicals. They will learn songs, scenes and dances and rise to the challenge of putting it all together for a showcase at the end of the week.

Cost: $205

Camp location: CCT Studios, 177 E. Naghten St., Columbus

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Columbus Children's Theatre: Pete the Cat Half-Day Camp

Ages served: grades K-2

Dates/times: 6/11-6/15; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Join some friends and that crazy cat on a couple of his many adventures.

Cost: $199

Camp location: Hilliard Civic & Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St., Hilliard

For more information:educationdept@columbuschildrenstheatre.org, 614-224-6673, columbuschildrenstheatre.org

Drama Kids of North Columbus: Drama Kids Mystery Camp

Ages served: 5-10

Dates/times: 6/4-6/7, 6/11-6/15, 6/18-6/22; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Attention all elementary-aged detectives who are interested in a summer camp filled with mystery and drama: Campers will take on roles in a mystery and act out parts of the story each day, culminating on the final day where they solve the caper.

Cost: $225 per week

Camp location: Freedom Trail Elementary School, 6743 Bale Kenyon Road, Lewis Center (6/4-6/7); Karrer Middle School, 7245 Tullymore Drive, Dublin (6/11-6/15); Worthington location TBD (6/18-6/22)

For more information: Holly Hanson, drama@dknorthcolumbus.com, 404-849-2363, dramakids.com/oh1

Dramatic Impact: Drama Camp

Ages served: 6-15

Dates/times: 6/11-8/10; full day (6+ hours)

Description: This is a weeklong drama experience with a performance for friends and families on Friday. It includes scripts, costumes, sets and theater skills. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $175 (approximate)

Camp location: The Arts Castle – Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, plus sites in Dublin, Westerville and Worthington

For more information:Candace Darman, candace@dramatic-impact.com, 740-524-8832, dramatic-impact.com

Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts: Lovewell Workshop in Partnership with Short North Stage

Ages served: entering grades 9-12

Dates/times: 7/9-7/22; full day (6+ hours)

Description: Create, write and perform an original musical in just two weeks. Alongside trained Lovewell artists, campers will plot every point, write every note and perform every word they collaboratively create.

Cost: $725; scholarships are available

Camp location: Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St., Columbus

For more information:Carrie Gilchrist, carrie@lovewell.org, 954-270-6452, lovewell.org

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: Film Making Camp for Teens

Ages served: entering grades 9-12

Dates/times: 7/9-7/13; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Create your own short film. Work on everything from writing the screenplay to editing the final project. Topics include directing, cinematography, lighting and set design.

Cost: $220 nonmember, $198 member

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information:Missy Donovan, mdonovan@mcconnellarts.org, 614-431-0329, mcconnellarts.org

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: Teen Choreography Dance Camp

Ages served: 12-17

Dates/times: 6/4-6/7; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Explore basic dance improvisation games and learn the compositional tools used to create choreography. Work with others to bring ideas to life and perform in each other's work. Collaboration, cooperation and imagination are required.

Cost: $148 nonmember, $134 member

Camp location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington

For more information: arts@mcconnellarts.org, 614-431-0329, mcconnellarts.org/classes

State of the Arts Productions: Spotlight Summer Performing Arts Camp

Ages served: 6-13

Dates/times: Call for specific dates; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: Spotlight is a summer camp where students can nurture their talent for singing, acting and dancing. They will gain confidence, boldness and self-appreciation. Spotlight is for students in grades 1-8 and runs daily from 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Camp location: TBD

For more information:614-266-4562, soartspro.com

Vaud-Villities: Youth Show Camp

Ages served: 5-17

Dates/times: 7/23-7/27; half day (2-5 hours)

Description: From stage directions to dance routines to singing like a Broadway star, this camp is the place for youth who like to perform.

Cost: $125; sibling discount is available

Camp location: Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus

For more information:Johnny Steiner, johnnysteiner@att.net, 614-679-0907, vvshows.org