Zoom-Free Summer Theater Camps

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During a typical summer, local performing arts camps attract hundreds of kids eager to hone their acting, singing and dancing skills, meet new friends and perform in showcases or full-scale productions.

But, as we all know, this is not a typical summer.

While some kids theater camps are taking a break, and others are putting their entire summer programs on Zoom, including Sacramento Theatre Company, a couple are offering more traditional, face-to-face camps, albeit with social distancing and safety measures to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

If you’re ready to release the kids for a few creative hours a day, these camps are ready for them—no Zoom required.

El Dorado Musical Theatre’s Summer Theatre Camps

The widely acclaimed youth theater company, known for staging big Broadway-style productions at the Harris Center in Folsom, is holding three more themed summer camps: Broadway, Disney and High School Musical. Kids 6 to 14 are split into two age groups for three hours daily. Spots are still open for the camps, which run through July 3 and cost $250 a week. Camps take place at EDMT’s rehearsal facility at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway in El Dorado Hills. See EDMT’s website for more information.

Roseville Theatre Arts Academy

This award-winning children’s theater is hosting six themed musical theater camps, June 15–July 31, for ages 7–15. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., campers will train in voice, movement, improvisation and more, learn several music and dance numbers, and participate in a virtually shared performance. Camps cost $240 a week and take place at the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St. in Roseville. See RTTA’s website for details.

Both theater companies stress they are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of their staff and campers, including disinfecting surfaces, maintaining small groups, offering health checks, making masks and hand sanitizer available, and practicing social distancing. Learn more on their websites.