Vermont Theater Kids Have Many 2014 Summer Camp Options

Vermont Theater Kids Have Many 2014 Summer Camp Options
Young actors perform at FlynnArts' Broadway Bound camp

There's still snow on the ground, but warm weather is coming faster than you think! The performing arts thrive during Vermont summers, and so do opportunities for kids to explore the world of theater. Here's a look at some of this summer's Vermont theater camps for kids and teens:

FlynnArts Theater Camps

Where: Burlington, VT

When: various dates

FlynnArts website

FlynnArts says: "FlynnArts offers over 30 summer camps for ages 3-19, taught by professional educators & performing artists. Younger camps use themes from favorite books and topics kids love (Wizards, Seuss, Spies, etc.) as jumping off points for dramatic discovery and play creation. Older campers explore different genres in the performing arts (acting, dance, voice, film, TV, radio, comedy, puppetry, musical theater, jazz music, etc.) in greater depth. Our Summertime Jazz and Summer Youth Theater productions provide talented and passionate students the opportunity to increase and showcase their skills in a supportive and inspiring environment. Camps are held in our studios and on our stages, as well as off-site at partner locations. We provide supervised care until 5 pm following many camps to make life easier on working parents."

Broadway Workshop's Camp Vermont

Where: Colchester, VT

When: July 7-11, 2014

Broadway Workshop's website

Broadway Workshop says: "Direct from NEW YORK CITY, Broadway Workshop returns to Saint Michael's Playhouse for its seventh summer. Camp Vermont is a five day Musical Theatre Camp. Learn from Broadway Workshop's acclaimed staff from New York City, as well as Playhouse stars who have worked on Broadway and at theatres across the country.

Campers will take center stage performing in 2 different hit Broadway musical medleys specifically arranged for Camp Vermont. Every camper will get to step in the spotlight and be featured with lines and solos. In between rehearsals, campers will participate in theatrical workshops taught by special guest teachers. Campers will also have an insider's backstage tour of the Playhouse!

Special workshops include: Acting/Scene Work, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Broadway Dance/Movement, Acting for Film and Television, and more."

Lost Nation Theater Summer Camps

Where: Montpelier, VT

When: various dates

Lost Nation Theater website

Lost Nation Theater says: "LNT offers quality, investigative experiences in the process of acting and creating theater for curious and dedicated students."

2014 summer LNT sessions include:

  • Theater Play for Everyday
  • Bring on the Characters
  • Actor! Author! 5 Days-5 Plays
  • Make It. Manage It. (Technical Production Camp)
  • PETER PAN, JR. (Music Theater Production Camp)


Where: Burlington, VT

When: various dates

LyricKids website

LyricKids says: "LyricKids seeks to provide an enriching, high quality and fun-filled musical theatre experience for youth. Through the process of producing a musical theatre performance, participants will increase their knowledge and skills in both technical and performing aspects of musical theatre."

2014 LyricKids productions include:


New England Youth Theater

Where: Brattleboro, VT

When: various dates

New England Youth Theater website

New England Youth Theater says: "Founded in 1998, the New England Youth Theatre offers a conservatory-style acting training program for young people with a combination of classroom and performance work for beginning and advanced students. Classes are small in size and taught by a professional faculty. Financial aid is available for families with serious financial need.

NEYT offers various classes to introduce students to the acting process, including: improvisation, movement, scene work, monologue, comedy, and ensemble building. Each course helps students develop their acting/communication skills and increase their self confidence. NEYT also trains students in the arts of Stage Managing, Scenic Design, Lighting, Costuming and Makeup."

Shakespeare in the Hills

Where: East Montpelier, VT

When: various dates

Shakespeare in the Hills website

Shakespeare in the Hills presents two-week Shakespeare camps for children ages 9-14 and 12-16. This summer's productions are:

  • LOVE'S LABOURS LOST (June 30-July 12, ages 9-14)
  • AS YOU LIKE IT (July 21-August 1, ages 12-16)

Very Merry Theater Summer Camps

Where: Burlington and Charlotte, VT

When: various dates

Very Merry Theater website

Very Merry Theater says: "Summer is an exciting time at Very Merry Theatre because the warm weather allows students the opportunity to get outside and enjoy performing theater on our travelling wagon and outdoor stages, as well as attending programs hosted at our 333 Stage. Our Traveling Theatre Wagon, based in Charlotte, serves as our stage and inspiration while we host summer camps and collaborate to write original plays. The summer is also time for celebration as we host the Annual WigWag! Stagefest for parents, community members, and anyone interested in an evening of creative play-acting. In 2010, we brought together 150 youth performers, eight community organizations and over 600 attendees."

Photo courtesy of FlynnArts

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Erin McIntyre Erin McIntyre is delighted to be writing about Vermont's rich performing arts scene. She spent a number of years in New York City singing, acting, writing, and most recently, hosting Sirius XM Radio's The Broadway Buzz. Erin is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy and The New School University, with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance.

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