Kids learn how to take center stage and command an audience in camps that focus on music, dance and acting. Whether they’re tuning an instrument, working on emoting or flashing jazz hands, they’ll develop the confidence they need to put their best faces forward.
Omaha’s children’s theater doesn’t just put on plays for kids; it gets them on stage with camps that pique just about every interest, including Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars and more. It doesn’t matter if they’re waving a fairy wand or wielding a light saber — campers are sure to do so with dramatic flair. Sessions conclude with performances for friends and family.
When: May 31-Aug. 6; half and full days
Where: 2001 Farnam St. and 12100 West Center Road
Who: Ages 4-18
School of Rock
It’s only rock ’n’ roll, but they like it. More like love it. Kids channel their inner rock stars and get to see what goes into being in a band by performing in front of adoring fans — even if they are only moms, dads and grandparents. In addition to rock, some camps cover folk, jazz, funk, jam band and soul.
When: June 13-July 29; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 13270 Millard Ave.
Who: Ages 6-17
Arts For All
From mariachi music to improv, Arts for All focuses on nurturing young performing artists across a variety of disciplines. Kids can take to the stage in dance, work on their music skills or act up a storm in camps that are fun and affordable.
When: June 6-July 16; times vary
Where: Six locations in the Omaha metro area
Who: Ages 5-16
Cost: $10 per class
Registration: Opens online May 2
Broadway Dreams Foundation
Kids can take to the Great White Way right here in Omaha with a camp that provides a full-on Broadway experience. Master classes are conducted by award-winning professionals, and alumni campers have gone on to appear in Broadway shows as well as national and regional productions. Start planning a place to display the Tony. Scholarships available.
When: June 6-11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Turner Park Pavilion, Midtown Crossing
Who: Ages 5 and older
UNO Jazz Camp
Kids can be cool cats and learn about jazz improvisation, history, theory and performance from the professional musicians in the Jim Widner Big Band. Campers need at least one year of study on their instrument to enroll. The final concert features a performance by the young musicians.
When: June 12-17; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Strauss Performing Arts Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Who: Grades 7 and higher
Nebraska Summer Dance Camp
The Omaha Academy of Ballet has been leading this camp for close to three decades with dance styles that include jazz, modern, lyrical, tap and, naturally, ballet. There’s also plenty of time for traditional summer camp fun like water activities, mud pits and tubing. Two years’ minimum ballet experience required to participate.
When: June 19-26; overnight
Where: Nebraska 4-H Camp, Halsey
Who: Ages 10 and older
Cost: $440; $60 for optional bus transportation to and from camp, leaving from Omaha.
Omaha Community Playhouse
From the fine art of joke telling and physical comedy to the nuances of speaking effectively, campers work with theater professionals and take to one of Omaha’s most acclaimed stages. The focus is on creative energy, imagination and stagecraft.
When: June 6-July 29; half days and full days
Where: 6915 Cass St.
Who: Ages 4-18
Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute
Promising prodigies and mini maestros can enhance their musical skills in this weeklong intensive camp geared for string players, pianists, guitarists and vocalists. World-class guest-artist musicians from across the country create immersive musical environments for campers to take their musicianship to the next level.
When: July 16-23; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: 7023 Cass St.
Who: Ages 4 and older
Cost: $500 (Discount available for registrations completed before March 31)
Omaha Girls Rock
They’re the girls of Omaha. They love to sing, and they love to rock. That’s their theme song, and girls sing it loud and proud in this camp designed to boost self esteem and build confidence. After all, nothing is quite as empowering as taking to the stage with your own rock band and shredding it for the whole world to see. Showcase performances take place at the Waiting Room in Benson or Slowdown in north downtown, two of Omaha’s hippest live music performance spots.
When: July 11-16 and July 18-23; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Who: Ages 10-16
Cost: $350; scholarships available
— Compiled by Kim Carpenter