While the weather is far from summery, registration for the most popular summer camps—including Artistree Performing Arts in Mamaroneck, NY—have just opened and will fill up fast. If you have a child who doesn’t love traditional camp, or you just aren’t sure where to send them, you might consider theater camp.
“Even if your child is not a “theater kid” or has never been on stage, theater camp can be a great place to introduce them to the stage and a love of the arts,” says Heather Capelle, who cofounded Artistree Performing Arts with her husband. Theater camps vary, but most incorporate not only acting (communication), but some form of arts and crafts (set and costume design), games (teambuilding) and free time.
Becoming part of a cast is much like being part of a team, but instead of focusing on winning and competition, the goal is to work together to tell a story. There are no winners or losers, just people communicating ideas and creating characters, hopefully in a thoughtful and entertaining way.
In this setting, campers become extremely close and form relationships that can last a lifetime. “I always tell my students that your theater friends are your best friends for life. I have found that to be true for myself as well as the students at the studio. A bond forms in a cast like I rarely see anyplace else,” says Capelle.
Artistree has visiting actors and musicians share their passion and expertise with campers—something that Capelle says is fulfilling for all involved. “To have the opportunity for your child to thrive in an environment like that all summer is very unique. And very special,” says Capelle.
Take a look at theater camp this summer, even if it wasn’t at the top of your list already. Says Capelle: “It’s different, it’s fun and it’s a special place that can help your child create memories that will last a lifetime.”
This post is sponsored by Artistree Performing Arts, which is offering $100 off registration for any 2019 camps using the promo code EARLYBIRD.