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Summer Camps 2007: Theater Arts

Now that Spring Break is over, it's that time of the year again, time to start thinking about what fun the kids will have in store for the summer. Be sure to check out previous camp suggestions. To add to those, here are a few theater/performance summer camps geared toward the older children, ages 7 and up.

ARTS IN ACTION SUMMER CAMP: Arts in Action and New Moon Productions proudly present a truly unique artistic experience for young people. This summer camp enables youth ages 8-16 to create their own musical theatre piece based on the Unitarian Principal, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”. The students will be guided by nurturing professional teachers to write, edit, create music, rehearse, and perform their original theatre piece. Through this process, the young artists will gain self-confidence, artistic growth, awareness of the strength of community, and most of all – a safe forum where they can express their views and feelings. Tuition for this summer camp is $399. The camp will take place July 16–28, Monday through Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm. Performances will take place the afternoon or evenings of July 28 & 29. To receive a registration brochure or for more information, please call 503-402-1994.

MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: “THE WIZARD OF OZ” (a musical – with music from the classic motion picture). Feel the thrill of performing of “Wizard of Oz” at the Washington Park Amphitheatre with full costumes, props, and a beautiful set! That is what is in store for our students at the end of this exciting summer camp brought to you by SUN Community Schools, New Moon Productions, and Portland Parks & Recreation. This extensive musical theatre camp features instruction by theatre professionals in many areas including: acting, improvisation, dance & movement, singing, voice production, and other performing skills. The camp is open for students ages 8 - 17. Every day students will work with the instructors on improving their artistic skills as well as rehearsing the show. This program also boasts a unique mentorship program in which all the instructors and interns involved in the camp put on an adult cast version of the same show. The camp runs June 18–July 13, 2007, Monday through Fridays, 9:00am-3:00pm, and it takes place at Grout Elementary School (SE Holgate & 32nd). Performances take place at the Washington Park Amphitheatre (next to the Rose Garden) on the weekends of July 14, 15 and 21,22. The tuition for this camp is $650 (reduced last year’s price!). Some partial scholarships are available. To register or for more information, please call 503-916-6421. Some questions can be answered by replying to nmtheatre@comcast.net.

MADE for Kids, Summer Theater Camp at Concordia University: "Improve your skills at acting, singing & dancing as we create a fully-staged productions". They have a one-week camp for kids entering grades 2-5 and two-week camp for kids entering grades 4-7.

MetroArts Returns for It’s 15th Encore! Now in it’s 15th year, MetroArts Kids Camp gives 7-12 year olds a chance to experience all the arts – music, dance, theater, and visual arts – for one or two weeks at the Portland Center for Performing Arts. Kids crank up their creativity through hands-on activities involving each art form and also enjoy live performances, video demonstrations, and classes taught by professional musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists. The camp is directed by grammy-nominated Artistic Director Niel DePonte, Oregon Symphony principal percussionist, Oregon Ballet Theater Conductor, and arts educator. GOT KIDS? NEED CAMP?
July 16-20 & 23-27, 2007 / 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday / $160 per week

All New GreenHouse Summer Camp for Kids and Teens: "Join us this summer in our new Pearl District location as we launch GreenHouse Kids & Teens — age-appropriate explorations of theater and performance. Are you looking for a fun and productive way to stimulate your family’s imagination? Would you like to introduce your talented children to a creative new peer group? Perhaps you’re living with a rising star who could use an entrée into the professional performing arts community through the city’s flagship theater. Whatever your aspirations, GreenHouse has something for you within each of three age groups."


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May I add to the list? The Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (www.TheatreCamp.com) is the Northwest's only residential summer theatre camp. Students ages 8 - 18 come from across the country and from around the world to White Salmon, WA (near Hood River, OR) to study Acting, Singing, Dancing, TV/Film Acting and the Biz with professionals. Additionally, students do a show and make new friends from all over. 2007 marks our 11th year and we're especially proud of our fostering of an emotionally safe environment with our students! :-)


Thanks!! :-)


I dunno if this counts as Theater Arts per se, but Portland Taiko has a kids summer camp, one for ages 4-7, and one for 8&up. It's just a few hours a day.

Don't forget Portland's two major theatres for children--both Oregon Children's Theatre and Northwest Children's Theatre offer wonderful summer camps for children. NWCT has programs for ages 4 and up. I have worked with both theatres, and I can attest to the quality of instruction, the amazing teachers, and the fun each kid seems to have. We are lucky to have two such *gems* in the Portland arts community.

ACTING UP - ACTING OUT! Summer Camps offer young actors a unique experience in creating a show using poetry, movement, music, original material and the actor's own creative energy. "THE PLACE WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS" July 9 - 13, 2007 from 9AM - 11:30AM for children ages 6 - 10. $75.
"A CIRCLE OF VOICES" July 16 - 20, 2007 from 9:30 AM - 3 PM for children ages 8 - 14. Final Performance Friday July 20 at 3PM. $150. All rehearsals and performance on the Barclay Stage in Oregon City. Contact directors Jane Fellows and Sheila Cooney Walker at fellowsjaneliz@yahoo.com

Here's another summer camp idea - last year my kids had a wonderful time at a cooking camp for kids. It's in a new (better!) location this year downtown at the YWCA building (across from the art museum). My kids got to make pizza and pasta, bake and decorate cakes, and in general have a geat time making a mess in the kitchen. (The best part is I didn't have to clean it up!) Great fun for elementary kids and this year Chef Stephanie is adding classes for mid-schoolers and teens. My kids keep asking when they can go back! The website is www.petitegourmande.com.

It sounds like fun, I just wish that Petite Gourmande hadn't displaced the senior food program "Loaves and Fishes" which feeds downtown-area needy seniors lunch. Ultimately, the decision was the YWCA's but as mamas I think we need to be mindful of what we decide to support.

I agree that L & F is a great program and does very good work in the community. Don't know why they've moved out, but I'm sure it doesn't have anything to do with the kids classes. As a mom, I think it is important to make sure our kids learn how to cook fresh foods and eat healthy, especially with the childhood obesity crisis. Anyway, I'm sure glad to have another summer camp option in downtown Portland.

I am the owner of Kitchen Kids at the YWCA and Petite Gourmande. The fact is that Loaves & Fishes had plans to vacate the YWCA space, and I was contacted by an agent of the YWCA as a possible new tenant. Any other scenario is incorrect, and for someone to post such an implication is simply libel. Thank you.

I would like to add info about a fantastic camp for kids who are "motivated learners"- prek-6th or so. It is called Education Soaring, and is run by a wonderful expert who has set up something really special. My kiddo found a place he can work at his level and dive into subject matter in depth. He can't wait for it to start- it is only for a few weeks in July. He has been waiting all year to go back! http://www.educationsoaring.com

Summer camps are mainly proposed for helping teenagers who are fighting with some kinds of behavioral and personal problems like drug and alcohol abuse, anger, depression and mental disorder. The aim of these summer camps to bring healthy and happy life in the world.

The campers in the youths summer camps are offered by lots of motivating activities. All activities are done by the students under the complete supervision of physicians, psychologists and other staff members. Struggling families can take good information from our site.


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