The Phoenix Theatre Company is dedicated to making the arts accessible to children and young adults of all ages and abilities through our Summer Camp programming. We are pleased to offer eight weeks of in person classes and performances this summer.
Our mission is to create an inclusive environment where young people can communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively through the arts while developing confidence, a positive sense of self, and nurturing their inner artist. All our staff members have previous experience in the arts, as well as working with children, and they are tasked with developing each child’s unique talents and form of expression. From campers to counselors to teachers – the sense of community and togetherness is strong – building new friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
Summer Camp 2023 runs weekly June 5th through August 4th with the week of July 3rd off to observe the holiday. Join the premiere professional arts organization in creating something special for your child or young adult this summer! Class sizes are limited so early registration is recommended!
Know a child ages 4-17 on the Autism Spectrum who is looking for a fun summer camp experience? We offer an inclusive camp for all students through our partnership with Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. Contact our Camp Director, Michelle Chin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-889-7608 for more information.
We offer Little Playmakers courses for ages 4-6, Weekly Musical Theatre Camps for ages 7-17 (grouped by age: 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17), and Master Classes for ages 12-20. All our camp and class options follow the same daily schedule. We also offer Pre and Post Camp outside the camp hours of 9:00am-3:30pm.
Ages 4 – 6
Monday – Friday
Half Day: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM $185/week
Full Day: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM $295/week
Learn to sing, act, and dance with us! Each week, we focus on a new theme as we create an original mini-musical revue. Campers use imaginative play to learn how to work together, create characters, and tell stories all while moving, dancing, singing, and having fun! There is a live in person showcase performance every Friday at 11:30 for family and friends. Registration for camp includes one camp T-shirt per camper.
Class size is limited. Camp themes subject to change.
June 5 – June 9: Songs of the Beatles
June 12 – June 16: Cinderella
June 19 – June 23: Frozen 1/2
June 26 – June 30: Paw Patrol
July 10 – July 14: Sing
July 17 – July 21: Aristocats
July 24 – July 28: Tangled
July 31 – August 4: My Little Pony
Extend the fun for your camper with the afternoon session and sign up for the Full Day option! After lunch, the Little Playmakers enjoy a literacy-based program where your child develops characters and stories and enjoys the fun of favorite books. Theatre games, improvisation, and play pretend sparks your child’s creativity and gives them a sense of confidence, as they create their own stories and make new friends.
Please Note: The afternoon program can only be added for a camper who is attending in the morning session – there is not a separate afternoon program. This is an extended day program and does not have a separate sharing performance at the end of the week.
Weekly Musical Theatre Camps
Ages 7 – 17
(Age groups: 7 – 9, 10 – 12, and 13 – 17)
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
$285/1 week session
$525/2 week session*
These workshops are perfect for young artists interested in learning the basics of acting, singing, and dancing!
Campers have fun learning collaborative skills while putting together a different musical revue each week based on popular musicals and contemporary hits. Throughout the week a new show is rehearsed featuring music, choreography, and scene work. The show is polished for a performance on Friday which friends and family can attend in person. Each age group tackles more challenging material and works with professional teaching artists to create new and exciting experiences every week! Registration for camp includes one camp T-shirt per camper.
Please note: Our 13-17 age group offers both one- and two-week sessions. Participants in the two-week programs perform once on the final Friday of their camp session.
*The two-week price only applies to the 13 – 17 two week sessions.
Class size is limited. Camp themes subject to change.
JUNE 5 – JUNE 9
7 – 9: Emperor's New Groove
10 – 12: School of Rock
13 – 17: Six
JUNE 12 – JUNE 16
7 – 9: The Little Mermaid
10 – 12: Anastasia
13 – 17: Singin' in the Rain
JUNE 19 – JUNE 23
7 – 9: Encanto
10 – 12: Mamma Mia!
13 – 17: Hamilton (Week 1 of 2)
JUNE 26 – JULY 30
7 – 9: Zombies
10 – 12: Stranger Things
13 – 17: Hamilton (Week 2 of 2)
Villains and Heroes
JULY 10 – JULY 14
7 – 9: Descendants
10 – 12: Wicked
13 – 17: Matilda
JULY 17 – JULY 21
7 – 9: Shrek
10 – 12: Alice in Wonderland
13 – 17: Beetlejuice (Week 1 of 2)
From Screen to Stage
JULY 24 – JULY 28
7 – 9: Spider-Man
10 – 12: High School Musical
13 – 17: Beetlejuice (Week 2 of 2)
JULY 31 – AUGUST 4
7 – 9: The Lion King
10 – 12: The Greatest Showman
13 – 17: Dear Evan Hansen
The Phoenix Theatre Company is invested in creating future artists. Our Master Classes are for the serious-minded students who want to learn about the industry and dive deeper into their craft. Class size is very limited to enhance the experience of our various offerings. Early registration is highly encouraged. Registration for camp includes one camp T-shirt per camper.
Camera Ready! Acting for TV and Film
June 5 - 9
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Camera Ready! is a student favorite and focuses on all the skills needed to be successful in the performing arts: improvisation, public speaking, body language, memorization techniques, and more. Students learn how to get a talent agent, develop audition techniques, and better understand the business of TV, film, and stage. They present what they have learned on the last day of class with family and friends in a classroom sharing.
Legally Blonde Jr.: Performance Master Class
June 12 – 30
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
A brand-new offering, this three-week class will further develop vocal, dance, and acting technique while rehearsing a full-length musical – title to be revealed soon! Participants will have the opportunity to audition and learn all the music, blocking, and choreography for this full production with added technical elements. This master class will culminate in a special evening performance in our Hormel theatre for friends and family.
Musical Theatre Intensive: Audition Preparedness
July 10 – 28
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30pm
Designed to build a strong foundation of musical theatre skills for the serious-minded artist, Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) students focus on personal strengths and weaknesses and develop an understanding of how to succeed in auditions and beyond. This one-of-a-kind program is tailored to the needs of the individual student and features both private and group class training. Our award-winning faculty of musical theatre professionals provide guidance in acting, singing, and dancing. Students complete MTI with a perfected audition and formal acting resume. The program culminates in a formal audition with The Phoenix Theatre Company artistic staff and a professional sharing.
Master Class Series: Behind the Curtain
July 30 – August 4
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Back by popular demand, this course will take students through a series of Master Classes with working professionals to take a look behind the curtain at different roles in production and behind the scenes. In this exclusive offering, students will learn about the role of the casting director, the importance of dramaturgy, the art of prop design and construction, sound design and how to mix sound for theatre, scenic painting and the techniques of a scenic charge artist, and more!
Camp Schedule Breakdown
All of our Summer Camp courses are offered Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:30pm but here is a breakdown of the Summer Camp schedule to get a better understanding of the day-to-day camp flow!
7:30 – 9:00 AM: Pre Camp*
9:00 AM: Camp Begins (Arrive between 8:55 and 9:00am if not in Pre Camp)
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Warm–Ups in Classroom
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Session I
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Morning Break – Campers may bring their own morning snack or purchase from the Snack Bar**
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Session II
12:00 PM: Ages 4 – 6 attending half day are picked up. No lunch needed.
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Lunch – Campers bring their own lunch.
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Session III
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Afternoon Break – Campers may bring their own morning snack or purchase from the Snack Bar**
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Session IV
3:30 PM: Camp Ends – Campers must be picked up promptly at 3:30.
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Post Camp*
*Pre and Post Camp are available for an additional fee. Any camper who arrives before 8:45 AM or leaves after 3:45 PM will be charged the daily rate for Pre or Post Camp. Pre and Post Camp are both supervised free time. Staff provides age–appropriate movies, games, art supplies, etc. for campers to play with.
**Snack Bar options include chips, crackers, granola, cookies, fruit gummies, etc.
Health and Safety
In an effort to keep all of our campers, camp families, and staff safe we are monitoring local and national COVID-19 protocols. As this guidance evolves we may make changes to our safety protocols throughout the spring. Any updates will be given here. Our current protocols are as follows:
What we ask from our campers and families:
- Face masks are no longer required of campers, families, and staff, however anyone who would like to wear a mask is welcome to do so.
- Camper check out will also take place outdoors but will be split between two locations (the check in location by the Box Office off of Coronado Road [ages 7-9 and 10-12] and the loading dock off Alvarado Road [ages 4-6, 13-17, and Master Classes]). If a camper is self check out, the camper will sign themselves out and staff will monitor as they walk to their respective pick up vehicle. For campers who are not self check out, parents/guardians should park and walk to the check-out tables. Once a student has been signed out, they are welcome to leave campus with their approved parent/guardian.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom. Campers should also wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds in the restroom.
- If any camper is feeling sick we require that child stay home — Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, diarrhea, congestion or running nose, and/or a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
How our staff are keeping campers safe:
- All staff are fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
- High contact surfaces will be regularly disinfected with an EPA or NEA regulated disinfectant.
- We will continue to monitor local and national guidance from authorities to update these Health and Safety Protocols as needed.
Positive COVID 19 Case Protocol
As national guidance evolves for positive COVID-19 protocols, these protocols may also evolve. Our current plan is as follows:
- If a camper is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or receives a positive test result for the virus, they will not be allowed to attend camp and must confidentially report this information to TPTC so that we may take effective safety precautions. This may be confidentially reported to the Camp Director, Michelle Chin.
- If a camper tests positive, all individuals will be informed that the class has experienced a positive COVID test.
- Any campers in a class that has experienced a positive case cannot return to our campus until after the 5 day window has passed and it is recommend they quarantine from others.
- Campers will be welcome to return and take future classes after 5 days have passed, they have experienced no fever for a 24-hour period without the use of fever-reducing medications, and they are no longer experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19.
- The Phoenix Theatre Company will work with you to reschedule campers into future classes after the quarantine timeframe has lapsed. If rescheduling is not possible, a refund for the unattended class will be offered.
Pre and Post Camp
Supervised early drop off and late pick up are available each day of camp for all ages. This service does not have specific programming. Instead, campers are able to play games, read, practice for their Friday showcase, and/or relax while under the supervision of camp staff.
Pre Camp Hours 7:30AM – 9:00AM
Post Camp Hours 3:30PM – 6:00PM
Daily Pre Care: $12
Daily Post Care: $20
Weekly Pre Care: $45
Weekly Post Care: $80
Weekly Pre & Post Care: $125**
**With a full week of pre and post camp care, you get the 5th day free!
Please give full consideration to your summer plans before signing up for classes! Our classes are limited in size to give each student the best experience possible. Full refunds are available only with a minimum of four weeks advanced notice from your camper’s first day of camp. All cancelations occurring between two and four weeks prior to camp qualify for a refund of up to 50%. If a cancelation is made within two weeks or less of the start of a camp session, no monies will be refunded. This refund policy is enforced regardless of your reason for cancellation.
Through the generosity of our donors, The Phoenix Theatre Company is pleased to offer scholarships for campers with challenging economic needs. Since the availability of scholarship money is extremely limited and will cover only a portion of the cost to attend Summer Camps, we have implemented an application process to ensure that available funds are distributed as fairly as possible. If you feel you need scholarship assistance, please carefully review and complete the application at the link below to be considered for a scholarship (incomplete applications cannot be considered).
Please note that scholarship awards may only be applied to the direct cost of camp attendance and may not be applied to pre or post camps or other products and/or services that may be offered.
Scholarship applications are due Friday April 14th, 2023.
LINK TO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PACKET
Not a good candidate for scholarship assistance, but could benefit from a payment plan? Contact us!
The Phoenix Theatre Company
1825 North Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(Central and McDowell, next door to the Phoenix Art Museum)
Enter off of McDowell and Alvarado. Free parking is available in the north and south lots. Camp Headquarters is located in Rehearsal Room A, which is located at the Southeast corner of McDowell and Alvarado. Look for the large sign facing Alvarado.
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