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Summer Acting Camps

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Think your tike would like to ham it up as Hamlet? Here are some summer acting camps--both Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare related--being offered this summer.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is offering a smattering of kids' acting camps, divided into two sessions: Session One in June, and Session Two in July and August. Some highlights include Shakespeare and Me!, for kids ages 3-5, which teaches tiny tots lines from some of the Bard's best-known scenes; Shakespeare Shenanigans, for kids ages 6-8, which looks into wacky characters from Shakespeare's most popular plays; and Short Shakespeare, where kids ages 9-11 create a shortened, original version of a selected Shakespeare work. For more info, visit idahoshakespeare.org/summer-camps.

This summer, the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts (TRICA) will boast a Musical Theater camp for kids ages 3-6, and ages 7-12. The camp runs from Monday, July 29-Friday, Aug. 2, and teaches "blocking, drama, voice projection, song, dance, movement and how an actor connects emotionally with an audience."

TRICA is also offering a new Story Book Theater camp, where students will work on mini plays based on age-appropriate books, with a song- and dance-filled final performance. The first camp is for ages 7-12 and takes place Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21; the second camp is for ages 3-6 and takes place Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28. For more info, visit trica.org.

The Morrison Center is also getting in on the acting action with a summer musical camp, The Rockin' Tale of Snow White, for students who have finished grades 1-12. Camps run Monday, July 8-Saturday, July 13; Monday, July 15-Saturday, July 20; Monday, July 22-Saturday, July 27; and Monday, July 29-Saturday, Aug. 3. Coordinated by Greater Idaho Family Theater, the camp will explore a fresh adaptation of the classic fairy tale that features new characters and comedic twists. Students will give three performances for friends and family. For more info, visit mc.boisestate.edu/edu.html.

Finally, Boise Parks and Rec is offering an array of Drama Camps. Highlights include Little Stars, for ages 6-8, where kids learn the basics of acting, stage techniques, theater crafts and more; and Stage Hogs, for ages 9-12, where kids audition to perform in one of several plays on the final day of camp at Boise Little Theater. Camps run Monday, June 3-Friday, June 7; Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12; and Monday, Aug. 5-Friday, Aug. 9. For more info, visit parks.cityofboise.org/register-for-classes.

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