Think the only thing worth doing in Destin and along the Emerald Coast is going to the beach? Think again!
There are so many fun things to do on a Destin beach vacation – kayaking, biking, swimming, relaxing at the spa, shopping, parasailing, wining and dining, watching firework shows, perusing art shops, and so much more. And – performing arts summer camps! If you haven’t heard of the amazing summer camps hosted by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company Summer, it’s about time you did!
As a non-profit theatre based in Miramar Beach, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers a rich performing arts experience for the Destin community. Its mission is to enrich and entertain its audiences through professional theatre performances. And one of the ways it does this is through its summer camp programs!
The Theatre’s summer camps are a great way to educate and inspire new and seasoned performers. There are camps for artists of all ages – including children as young as five, high school students, and even adults. Each camp provides a robust educational experience, improving communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a visitor. If you (or your kids) like to perform, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company summer camps are a great opportunity to learn something new and make fun memories. Each camp ends in an end-of-camp production, where students can show off their skills to their friends, family, and the community.
It’s worth noting that Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special camp discounts. Additionally, the Theatre offers scholarships, as well as sibling, military, and multi-camp discounts. The more camps you attend, the better the discount! Sign up for two camps, get 10% off tuition. Sign up for three camps, get 20% off tuition. Sign up for four camps, and you will get 25% off tuition. Talk about some great deals!
Interested in this unique and totally awesome experience? Check out these camps for Summer 2020.
Little Rascals Camp
The Little Rascals Camp is offered to children ages five through seven. It is dedicated to fostering creativity and collaboration, helping our young performers develop a love for the theater. During camp, these little actors and actresses will explore movement, singing, and other performance skills. Little Rascals Camps will be offered in Miramar Beach on the following dates: June 22-25, July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24.
Peter Pan Camp
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” The Peter Pan Camp is a magical, one-week camp for grades two through twelve. It is a non-musical camp, where campers will explore the fun characters of this classic adventure. Two Peter Pan Camps will be offered in Miramar Beach on the following dates: June 15-19 and July 27-31.
And the next stop is Broadway! Camp Showtime is another camp offered for grades two through twelve. This camp focuses on Broadway-style performing, allowing students to practice show tunes and choreography. Playing theatre games and watching classical musicals also help get these budding performers in the Broadway zone. Camp Showtime will be offered twice in Miramar Beach this summer: June 8-12 and June 29-July 3.
The Little Mermaid
Now you can be “part of that world” – the world of theatre and the little mermaid! The Little Mermaid Camp is a two-week camp offered for grades two through twelve. In this camp, young artists will take part in an adapted production of Disney’s popular Broadway musical. The Little Mermaid Camp will be held in Miramar Beach on July 13-24, with the final performance on the 24th.
The Film Camp goes beyond the regular performance camps. This camp is for aspiring filmmakers in grades five through twelve. Each student will write, direct, and act while developing a one-minute film. At the end of the week, these now-seasoned filmmakers will share their work in an Oscars-style ceremony. The Film Camp is in Miramar Beach on July 6-10.
If performing in front of an audience isn’t your thing, maybe set building is! The Techies Rule camp is for grades five through twelve. It teaches students the magic that goes on behind the scenes to create a successful production. These techies will build and paint sets, make props and costumes, and learn about stage management. The Techies Rule camp will take place in Miramar Beach on July 13-17.
Musical Theatre Workshop
Are you one of those people that wishes life was a musical? Well, now you can step into the musical environment during the Musical Theatre Workshop. This workshop is for performers in grades six through twelve. During the workshop, these young artists will hone their craft of acting, singing, and dancing while preparing for a cabaret performance at the end of the week. The Musical Theatre Workshop will be in Miramar Beach on June 22-26.
Advanced Acting and Vocal Techniques
The Advanced Acting and Vocal Techniques class is dedicated to helping actors and singers enhance their skills. This three-week class is for anyone from grade five to adult, and it features both individual and group instruction. Lessons include preparation skills, memorization, subtext study, and journaling. The Advanced Acting and Vocal Techniques Class runs from July 14-30.
Private Vocal Lessons
Finally, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers private vocal lessons to help musical performers improve their vocal skills. These lessons are for students of all experience levels – from beginners to well-seasoned singers. Students should schedule individual lessons with the instructor.
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So, what do you think? Is this something you or your family would be interested in doing during your Destin beach vacation? If so, be sure to sign up for one of these camps for a unique experience. And remember, as an Ocean Reef Resorts guest, you will receive special discounted pricing on camps