We may be in the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think ahead to summer and summer theater camps!!!! Summer theater camp means lots of fun for children; time spent making new friends, learning about the various aspects of theater (i.e. putting on a show, painting scenery, etc.) and just having fun! Here are some great New Hampshire theaters that offer outstanding summer theater camp programs.
First up is the Leddy Center in Epping. Leddy Center offers musical theater classes year round as well as multiple summer camps. These include a musical theater camp run by Leddy’s executive director Elaine Gatchell and her daughter Mary Gatchell, a voice class run by Mary Gatchell where students learn about various aspects of singing (i.e. singing techniques, breath control, etc.), and, for your youngest thespians, a “Mini” Musical Theater class run by Jennifer Solomon (one of Leddy’s “Resident Artists”) These camps offer fun for everyone; just ask this former camper!!!!
For those in the Manchester/Concord area, there are a few great summer theater camps around: One of these is Manchester’s historic Palace Theater, which not only offers great themed camps for the 7 to 13 age group, but also offers great April and February Vacation camps as well. Another great area theater that offers a summer camp is The Peacock Players of Nashua, which offers two camps per summer at the Nashua Community College campus. Peacock Players, a youth theater company, also offers camps during school vacation weeks. Finally, Community Players of Concord does not offer a summer theater camp, but they do offer a February Vacation Camp run by Karen Braz, Tony Bonjorno and Brooke Solomon where students put on a staged musical.
For those in the Seacoast area, Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theater offers an overnight camp (one of the only overnight theater camps that I know of in the state) called PAPA Camp, where students spend the week learning about theater in a safe, fun, outdoor environment. Also in Portsmouth, the outdoor Prescott Park Arts Festival offers a variety of classes and events during the summer months specifically geared toward children (i.e. magic shows, dance groups, picnics with the cast of their mainstage musicals, etc.).
For more information, please find below a listing of links to the theaters mentioned in this article:
Leddy Center: http://www.leddycenter.org
Palace Theater: http://www.palacetheatre.org
Peacock Players: www.peacockplayers.org
Community Players of Concord: communityplayersofconcord.org
Seacoast Repertory Theater: http://www.seacoastrep.org
Prescott Park Arts Festival: http://www.prescottpark.org
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