The arts are an increasingly strong part of summertime for youth.
Summer camp generally brings up visions of canoes, mosquitoes and archery, but these days they can range from sports of all kinds, reading and writing, music, hiking and, well, just about anything. Among the popular camps in the Roanoke Valley are those dealing with art and theater. Here is a look at four opportunities this summer.
Mill Mountain Theatre
Mill Mountain Theatre has the oldest of the region’s popular camps for the stage and this year’s camps will run June 8-July 10 with week-long, hands-on, performance-based camps for kindergarteners through adults.
The cost ranges between $225 and $275 and like the other camps, scholarships based on need are available. The MMT camps study fundamentals of acting, music theater, dance, audition preparation and technical aspects. Each camp ends with a performance.
Says Education Director Anna Kimmel: “Summer camps at Mill Mountain Theatre are creative, confidence building and rewarding.”
Roanoke Childrens Theatre
The goal at RCT, says education director Meghan Griffith is “to show young people a world where imagination soars and creative expression thrives. Our students have spent the summer studying music, dance, voice, movement, character, improv, storytelling, comedy, ensemble work, yoga and theatre production. They have built friendships, gained confidence, developed as artists, created a community, and made some unforgettable summer memories.”
RCT features camps for kids between pre-kindergarten to 18 years of age, most a week long, four hours a day with a production at the end. A few are full-day camps. Costs range from $250-$375 a week, less for registering ahead of time. RCT also has Camp Kaleidescope for special needs children aged 5-12 in late July.