Put On A Show - Summer Theater, Music and Performance Opportunities
Community School of the Arts csafortsmith.org
2701 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith (in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church)
The CSA has a myriad of classes and workshops for youth.
Who: Ages 1-4
What: Caregiver must attend with child. $75.
When: Mondays, June 25-July 23
Family Music Cycle of Seasons – Summertime
Ages 1-3, 10:45-11:15 a.m. Ages 3-4, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Who: Ages 3 and up
What: Private music lessons available in piano, organ, wind, brass, percussion, and string instruments, as well as voice lessons, conducting, music theory, and more. Five- and 10-week options are available for 30-, 45- or 60-minutes weekly lessons. Fees vary. Lesson times are schedule at student’s convenience.
When: Through Aug. 3, with a three-week bonus option available Aug. 6-24
Who: Ages 4-10
What: Learn ukulele from instructor David Holland. Participants can choose five- or 10-week sessions. No experience is required. Tuition is $50 for five weeks.
When: Tuesdays, 4-4:30 p.m. May 29-June 25, July 2-30
Musical Theatre Camp
Who: Grades 3-8
What: Students will sing, dance and act while they explore some of their favorite Broadway shows. No previous experience is required. Tuition is $250 and includes a T-shirt. The week ends with a performance at the King Opera House at 6 p.m. July 20.
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-20
Broadway Babies Theatre Camp
Who: Ages 5-8
What: Students will sing, dance and act while learning scenes and songs from Disney hits such as “101 Dalmatians” and “The Little Mermaid.” No experience is required. Tuition is $110 and includes a T-shirt. The week ends with a performance at the church at 6 p.m. June 29.
When: 10 a.m.-noon June 25-29
Who: Ages 3-5
What: Little ones will dance, laugh and learn. Classes are held weekly for six weeks. Participants will explore music, movement, theatre activities, all built around themes and a curriculum geared for young preschoolers. Tuition is $60.
When: 4-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 26 (No class July 5)
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith uafs.edu
5210 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith uafs.edu
Band Camp - June 11-15
Who: Wind, symphonic, and percussion musicians, entering grades 7-12
What: Dr. Alexandra Zacharella of UAFS will direct an exciting one-week exciting camp where students are immersed in the art of music-making. Students must provide their own instrument (excluding percussion). Cost is $210 (includes lunch) for commuters and $410 for residents (includes meals and housing). Camp T-shirt is included. The final concert will be June 15 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 479-788-7972.
When: June 11-15
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Jazz Band Camp - June 25-29
Who: Musicians of all instruments, grades 9-12
What: Open to musicians of all instruments, students will spend a week in jazz orchestra rehearsals, playing in jazz improv sessions and taking classes in music theory, songwriting and more. Students must provide their own instruments, excluding piano and drums. Cost is $210 (includes lunch) for commuters and $410 for residents (includes meals and housing). Camp T-shirt is included. The final concert will be 6 p.m. June 29. For more information, call 479-788-7547.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25-29
Summer Choral Academy - June 18-22
Who: Choral students entering grades 7-12
What: Choral students will participate in master classes and sectionals, as well as karaoke, a cappella jam sessions, solo voice activities and more. There will be two Choirs – Junior (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). Cost is $210 (includes lunch) for commuters and $410 for residents (includes meals and housing). Camp t-shirt is included. The final concert will be June 22 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 479-788-7543.
When: June 18-22
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Center for Art & Education art-ed.org
Summer Theatre Academy
Who: Ages 9-12
What: Summer Theatre Academy is designed to promote qualities that will be valuable to students not only in a theatrical setting, but in school and in whatever career they may choose as adults. Self-respect, focus, commitment to an idea, self-awareness, observational skills, communicational skills, positive self-image, and strong body and voice are all attributes emphasized in CAE's theater Camp. Big Little Theatre is taking enrollments for Disney’s Artistocat Kids, an unauditioned musical theatre camp. Teacher and director Jessica Fisher will focus on educating young actors in musical theatre basics. $200.
When: Rehearsals: 1-5 p.m. July 23-27 and July 30-31
Performances to be held at the King Opera House in Van Buren, at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 4.
Western Arkansas Ballet Studio waballet.org
4701 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-785-0152
Sleeping Beauty Dance Camp June 11-15
Who: Ages 4-6
What: Each day of camp features a dance class and studies of explorations of music, dance history, nutrition, creative expression, mime, dance vocabulary and dance demonstration. Cost is $75. Register by phone or website.
When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 11-15
Swan Lake Dance Camp June 11-15
Who: Ages 7-9
What: Each day of camp features a dance class and studies of explorations of music, dance history, nutrition, creative expression, mime, dance vocabulary and dance demonstration. Cost is $85. Register by phone or website. $85.
When: 1:30-4 p.m. June 11-15
Pre-Company Dance Camp June 11-15
Who: Ages 10-14
What: A mini sampling of what WAB Company is like. This specialized camp is for students who are interested in being a member of company or want to expand their dance knowledge and ability. Each day will include a technique class, a lesson about ballet history, stage makeup, nutrition, how to take care of the dancer’s body and finish with learning choreography. There will be a studio showing on the final day. Call to register. $150.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11-15
Hip Hop/Jazz Camp - June 11-15
Who: Ages 9 and up
What: Mix it up in this Hip Hop/Jazz combo, from the stages of Broadway to the streets of New York. Nicholas C. Mesa helps students expand their style. Cost is $75.
When: 2:30-4 p.m. June 11-15
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This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.