Simply put, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre is a Huntsville Institution. If you have a child who loves theater and wants to learn more about acting and being on stage, look no further – this is the place to go. They have over FIFTY YEARS of theater instruction and production experience and they do it well.
Their passion for children results in fun and in-depth classes and camps offered at their Academy. We conferred with Candice Cooper, Fantasy’s Education Director, to learn more about their summer camps in 2016.
Grades/Ages of Campers: Camps for Ages 3-18. Students are divided into age appropriate groups.
Counselor/Camper Ratio: Students are in age appropriate groups within their camp. Group size is approximately 15-25 for summer camp, with adequate faculty coverage for larger groups to ensure that all students receive individual attention. Early Childhood class size is approximately 6-10 with adequate faculty coverage. In addition to faculty, we have junior staff members assisting in camps.
2016 Camp Dates: Throughout June and July
Cost: Camps range from $115 – $495
Is lunch or snack provided if a day camp?
Full Day Camps-Students should bring a peanut-free snack as well as lunch and drinks each day. Half Day Camps-Students should bring a peanut-free snack and drink each day.
What is your camp’s predominant mission/philosophy?
The Academy is committed to providing high quality theatre arts education to students. 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 in a fun environment.
What sets your camp apart from other area programs?
Fantasy Playhouse Summer Camps are packed with fun! We focus on theatre arts education as well as “life skills” such as active listening, creativity, self-confidence, concentration, and teamwork which are qualities needed for life-long success.
What activity opportunities exist for your campers?
In June, 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! Families are invited to join us on Fridays for “Sharing Day.” Actors will share their work with family and friends in a state-of-the-art theater at the Academy for Academics and Arts.
Also in June we have three Early Childhood theme camps for ages 3-4. Our young actors can explore stories they love…Goldilocks and Bear, Frozen Fun, and Dino- Stories. We also have one camp in July celebrating Mickey Mouse: The Mouse is in the House!
In July, we have several half day theme classes as well as our Performance Showcases. A few of our most popular half day camps are Star Wars on Stage, May The Bard Be With You, Stage Combat, Dory and Nemo, Snoopy Goes to Camp, and Stage Make-Up!
- Advanced Musical Theatre Showcase – Dorothy in Wonderland – The Musical
In this two week 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 on Friday, July 29 at the Academy for Academics and Arts (AAA). Class size is limited.
- Young Musical Theatre Showcase – Alice in Oz
In this two week program, our young performer will work on the basic elements of putting on a play. Actors will perform a short scene before the Advanced Musical Theatre Showcase on Friday, July 29 at the Academy for Academics and Arts (AAA). Class size is limited.
- Teen Acting Showcase – The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
Affectionately described as “boot camp theatre,” FPCT’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 on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Academy for Academics and Arts (AAA). Class size is limited.
What advice do you have for parents looking for a camp for their child(ren)?
If parents are looking for a creative outlet for their children in a fun, low-stress environment Fantasy Playhouse is the place to be for the summer. Summer is the best time for forming friendships, exploring plays, and growing as an artist. We have several camp options to fit the needs of your schedule. Before Care and After Care is available for our Full Day Camps as well.
Describe your application process.
Discounts available! Early Bird registration ends May 6, 2016!
There are three ways to register:
- In-Person: Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm
- Mail: Please mail in form with payment.
- Fax: Complete form and fax to 256-539-6835
Fantasy Academy Summer Camp Details
Location: 3312 Long Ave., Huntsville, AL
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