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Camp Spotlight: Fantasy Playhouse

Camp Spotlight: Fantasy Playhouse

Fantasy Playhouse

With activities for children and teens of all ages and skills, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre and Academy offers a camp for everyone. Throughout the months of June and July, children and teens can enjoy educational theatre camps taught by professional teaching artists. We caught up with camp director, Candice Cooper, to find out more about what Fantasy Playhouse has to offer.

Fantasy Playhouse Camp Details 

Camp Director: Candice Cooper

Phone: 256-539-6829

Location: Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy, 3312 Long Ave. SW  Huntsville, AL 35805 (map) Camps are also offered in both Huntsville and Madison.

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Grades/Ages of Campers: Camp ages 3-18

Counselor/Camper Ratio: 3:20

Camp Dates: June and July 2022

Cost: varies based on camp, $160-$495

Is lunch or snack provided if a day camp? 

Full Day Camps and Showcases: Two meal breaks are scheduled each day. Please send lunch,  snack and drinks for your child each day. No peanut/tree nut products please. We are a nut free zone. 

Half Day Camps: One snack break scheduled each day. Please send a snack and drink for your  child each day. No peanut/tree nut products please. We are a nut free zone. Campers staying for a full day of fun with a morning and afternoon camp are welcome to stay for a supervised  lunch. No peanut/tree nut products please. We are a nut free zone. 

As we often have several students with severe food allergies, we ask that food not be shared. Siblings’ lunch/snacks should be packed separately. 

FPCTA does not provide food or drink. 

What is your camp’s predominant mission/philosophy? 

To Enrich the Lives of Children and Families through Theatre and Arts Education 

What sets your camp apart from other area programs? 

Taught by professional teaching artist, our educational theatre camps provide a fun and unique  experience that strives to expand your child’s creativity! Our goal is to help students develop their: Bodies, Voices, Minds, and Imaginations to enable them to flourish and grow, both as  artists and people. We focus on teaching Life Skills through Stage Skills! Through acting, singing, and dancing, students will develop skills such as active listening, creativity, teamwork,  self-confidence, concentration, critical thinking, and empathy. Campers get to see their hard  work come to life onstage while making friends and building confidence along the way.  Programming includes creative drama, acting, musical theatre, dance, film, performance showcases, and theme classes. 

What activity opportunities exist for your campers? 

We have all new summer camp programs for ages 3-18 including Full Day and Half Day camps  as well as Performance Showcases! Families are invited to join us on Fridays for “Sharing Day.” 

Full Day Camps 

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We offer four weeks of our Full Day camps! Each week will focus on a theme to inspire our daily activities. Actors are divided into groups based on their age. Throughout the week, students will  also work on different elements of theatre including acting, voice, movement, dance, musical  theatre, improvisation and much more! In addition, actors will participate in our Wednesday Workshop Day- actors will have a specialized workshop.  

Musical Theatre Performance Showcases 

In this two week musical theatre performance intensive program, our aspiring actors will gain stage experience by working on a musical. Actors will showcase their talents in a fully developed production. Class size is limited. 

Teen Acting Showcases 

Affectionately described as “boot camp theatre,” FPCTA’s Teen Acting Showcase is an exhilarating combination of theatre training and stage experience. This program requires a lot of  discipline and focus and is an exciting challenge for any young actor. Actors will showcase their talents in a fully developed production. Class size is limited. 

Half Day Camps 

We offer several weeks of different workshop options for campers of all ages! Campers (ages 5- 12) can choose to extend their experience to a full day by taking a morning and afternoon workshop. Campers staying for a full day of fun are welcome to take part in a supervised lunch  before the afternoon camp begins. FPCTA does not provide food or drink. Campers staying for a full day, please provide a peanut-free/tree-nut free lunch each day. 

What protocols are you following for Covid-19?  

As we are in an ever-changing environment during Covid-19, we will post our updated Summer Camp policies and procedures on our website when we open summer camp registration. 

What advice do you have for parents looking for a camp for their child(ren)?

Each summer, we try to offer something for everyone, no matter your child’s experience level! We encourage parents to choose classes based on their student’s interests whether that’s acting, singing, dancing, or even a specific theme class subject if students have never attended a theatre camp before. If families have questions or are having a hard time choosing, we love talking to families to help them find the perfect fit!

Fantasy Playhouse Sharing Night
Campers enjoy special “Sharing Nights” every week in which family can see their hard work in practice.

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