Whether your thespian craves the glow of a center stage spotlight or prefers to make the magic happen backstage behind-the-scenes, Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s 2019 Summer Camp series has something to offer.
ECTC, a local professional nonprofit theater company, has expanded its educational theater series for summer 2019 to include camps, classes and workshops that range from sessions on advanced audition techniques and improv “boot camp” to fully staged productions of popular Disney musical blockbusters, Broadway showcases, hands-on Oscar-worthy film camp and much more.
Classes for the 2019 will begin June 3, run through August 2, and will be offered for preschool aged children through grade 12 high schoolers, with one new offering open to adults. ECTC will offer nine different camps and workshops divided by age group. Most of the camps will end with a final performance for parents and friends to enjoy.
Most summer theater camps will be held at ECTC’s performance space located at 650 Grand Boulevard Upstairs in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach, but several will also be offered in Panama City and Seaside.
Little Rascals Camp encourages children ages 4 to 6 to begin exploring the world of theater through acting, singing and movement. Four different weeklong themed-camps are offered—“Neverland,” June 3-7; “Island Adventure,” June 10-14; “The Aristocats,” June 17-21; and “Story Book,” July 29-Aug. 2. Tuition is $130 per person.
ECTC also offers a one-week, non-musical version of The Wizard of Oz production camp for children entering grades 2 through 8. This camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM, with extended drop off/pick up available at 8 AM and 4 PM June 3-7 at ECTC in Grand Boulevard and June 24-28 at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. Tuition is $175 per person.
Camp Showtime is a weeklong camp from 9 AM to 3 PM for children grades 2 through 8 focusing on Broadway music and choreography from popular musical numbers as well as theater games, improvisation and watching classic musicals on film. Extended drop off/pick up at 8 AM and 4 PM is available. Sessions are June 10-14, ECTC in Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach; June 17-21, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City; and July 22-26, Seaside Neighborhood School, Seaside. Tuition is $150 per person.
Two offerings of ECTC’s two-week musical Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” for children in grades 3 through 8, will be offered. This intensive two-week camp gives ECTC instructors time with young thespians to train them in stage presence, acting techniques, and theater games. The schedule is Monday through Friday for two weeks (skipping Saturday and Sunday) with a final performance the Friday evening and Saturday morning of the last week of camp.
The classes will be from 9 AM to 3 PM, with extended hours available at 8 AM and 4 PM. The sessions are June 17-28, ECTC in Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach; and July 15-26, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City. Tuition is $375 per person.
New this year, ECTC offers a Film Camp from 9 AM to 3 PM for students in grades 2 through 8. Students will learn to write, direct and act during the process of creating a one-minute film. The week ends with an Oscar-style ceremony and a screening of everyone’s masterpieces. Extended drop off/pick up at 8 AM and 4 PM is available. Sessions will be held at ECTC’s space in Grand Boulevard July 8-12 for grades 2-4, and July 15-19 for grades 5-8. Tuition is $175 per person.
Also new this year—“Godspell Jr.” Camp, a two-week musical theater camp for grades 5 through 12. The show is composed of various musical parables from the Gospel According to Matthew. The camp runs July 22-Aug. 2 at ECTC’s space in Grand Boulevard for two weeks (skipping Saturday and Sunday) with a final performance the Friday evening and Saturday morning of the last week of camp. Extended drop off/pick up at 8 AM and 4 PM is available. Tuition is $375 per person. Payment plan available.
Additional workshops include Techies Rule, Improv Boot Camp, and Acting Audition Techniques.
Call 850-684-0323 or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org for more info or to register. A $25 registration fee applies to all camps.
– Zandra Wolfgram
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