Theater school administrator Jana Cox guides Maren Curtis through a theatrical pose.

After seeing Utah Children’s Theatre’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Christy Curtis’ 5-year-old daughter Maren looked up to her and said, “I want to do that.” Ever since, Maren’s been spending summers at the theater and in first grade even landed the part of Alice in Alice in Wonderland. 

Now 11 and a camp veteran, Maren has a message for new kids. “Just go for it,” she says. “Be confident.” 

Founded as Salt Lake Repertory Theater, or City Rep, in 1986, Utah Children’s Theatre put on shows for and by children at venues all over SLC before settling at the former Avalon Theatre. 

The summer camp started around 2000. Every year, staff comes up with new themes for different weekly camps, and this year’s lineup includes voice camps, princess and adventure camps for younger kids and a lot of Shakespeare. “We’re going to have campers help design the set for our Shakespeare Festival this summer,” says Jana Cox, theater school administrator. “They’ll also learn about props and stage management.” Another camp will focus on stage combat, as it would have been done in Shakespeare’s time, and musical theater campers will perform at the festival in August. 

Registration: About 30 camps available for ages 4–19.
Dates: Camps vary in length and include morning and afternoon sessions, June 10–Aug. 9.
Cost: $95–$399, based on length and activities. Need based scholarships are available.
Location: The Children’s Theatre, 3605 S. State Street, SLC
Contact: 801-532-6000, classes@tctheatre.org 

More camps for artsy kids

Express yourself

Send your young Picasso to Bad Dog Arts to create artwork that builds self-esteem and self-expression. June 10–Aug. 16, ages 5–12, $125–$250, SLC, 801-322-3816, baddogarts.org

Little artists

Creative Arts Program summer camps focus on song, movement, drama and visual art—all to inspire confidence, creativity and imagination. June 11–Aug. 15, ages 3–6, $230–$414, Sugar Space, SLC, 801-230-5493, thecapkids.com

Just dance

Along with ballet, Utah Dance Artists offers jazz, ballroom and even tap dancing. June 18–27, July 30–Aug. 15, ages 13–14, call 801-562-0913 for prices, South Jordan, utahdanceartists.com

Boogie on Campus

Tanner Dance’s Tipping Point camp focuses on technique, while Art Passport adds theater to your dancers repertoire. June 3–Aug. 9, grades K–12, $142–$250, SLC, 801-581-7374, tannerdance.utah.edu

And . . . Action!

Spy Hop Productions summer workshops allow kids to learn artistic technology, from animation to live-action. June 10–Aug. 16, ages 7–16, $185–$275 (tuition), $50–$90 (special fee), SLC, 801-532-7500, spyhop.org

In the spotlight

Singing, stage combat and tips for nailing auditions—Hale Centre Theatre’s camps cover all the bases for kids who love being on stage. June 17–Aug. 9, ages 6–18, $215–$395, West Valley City, 801-984-9000, halecentretheatre.org

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