Rose Theater

Campers take center stage for the Rose Theater’s production of “Annie Jr.” during 2015’s summer camp.


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.

The Rose

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

Cost: $95-$395

Information: rosetheater.org

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

Cost: $300

Information: schoolofrock.com

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

Information: artsforallinc.com

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

Cost: $850

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

Cost: $330

Information: unojazzcamp.com

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.

Information: oabdance.org

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

Cost: $100-$350

Information: omahaplayhouse.com

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)

Information: omahacm.org

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

Information: omahagirlsrock.com

— Compiled by Kim Carpenter

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