Lights, Camera, Action!!! at Summer Theater Camps 2023

Do you have a budding performer on your hands? Here is a guide to performing arts camps for kids in NJ. Summer camp is the perfect place to try out something new. Your child can participate in acting, singing, dancing, music, costume design, musical theater or Broadway style production shows. Performing arts camps allow children the opportunity to become future stars of the stage or screen. 

For 2023, there are many great opportunities for kids to become Actors, Singers, Musicians & Performers. Kids can enjoy developing their own, unique, creative voice and self-expression in a safe and nurturing environment. If your child is a little “star” in-the-making, they will surely appreciate a performing arts camp where they can express their creativity through spoken word, song and/or dance. 

Here are our best Day and Sleepaway Music and Performing Arts Theater Camps in the area: 

Brightest Star Musical Theatre Camps  (Day Camp and Sleep-away Camp Options)

At the sleep away camp for grade 6-12, students participate in daily classes and rehearsals, preparing for a full Broadway-style presentation with lights, sound, costumes, scenery, etc. Students arrive on Sunday and present the show on Friday night. Intensive for beginners and advanced theatrical students. Students stay in beautiful beach cottages and lake lodges.
The day camp for grades 3-8, is 2-weeks long and held in Morristown; concludes with full show.

Buck's Rock Camp  (Sleepaway option)

59 Buck's Rock Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
Sleepaway Camp Performing Arts for ages 10 - 17 years
Buck's Rock Camp is a freedom-of-choice creative and performing arts overnight camp for 10-17 year olds. Campers make their own choices in a day, leading them to discover new art forms and engage in hands-on, experiential learning. Working artists and teachers offer world-class instruction in over 30 different arts, including dance, glassblowing, improv, weaving, lighting design, ceramics, and more. ACA Accredited camp. They now offer a tiered tuition system, so families only pay what they can afford.

Camp Encore/Coda (Sleepaway)

50 Encore/Coda Lane, Sweden, ME 04040
Sleepaway Camp, Music Camp for children finishing 3rd-11th grades.
We are a unique musical community offering daily instruction in diverse styles, including private lessons, orchestras, jazz bands, wind ensembles, rock bands, jazz combos, chamber music, chorus, jazz choir, theater & many concerts. 2023 is our 74th year! Supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. Also sports, swimming, boating, arts & crafts. 2, 3, 3.5, and 6.5 week sessions.

Camp Westrick

Westrick Music Academy
231 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Ages: 8-18, Day Camp, Performing Arts
Westrick Music Academy is home to Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir. Come sing with us this summer, take musical theater classes, learn the ukulele, play fun games, & make new friends. A performance will be held for families and friends at the end of each week! 

Essex Youth Theater

1-17 Alvin Pl, Montclair, NJ   
A theatre arts school for young people using custom-written scripts to guarantee equal role opportunities for every student. Classes are small and personalized culminating in a full-scale musical production. Incorporating acting exercises, theater games and improvisations, students are encouraged to develop their creative and dramatic skills while having fun. Classes are offered for ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 with dramatic classes for 7 to 11 years old actors and camps for 6 to 12 year olds. At Essex Youth, everyone is a star!

School of Rock Music Camp - Montclair

125 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042
973.337.5296, Ages: 6 & Up, Day Camp, Music
Do you want to learn how to play in a band and rock out on stage? School of Rock Montclair camps are perfect for musicians of any skill level who want to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals!

Wharton School of the Performing Arts Camp 

Berkeley Heights, NJ  
Wharton offers an array of summer programs for all ages, where the entire family can engage with the power of music right from their home.  From private lessons with an exemplary faculty at our Performing Arts School, as well as musical theater, drama, and early childhood music camps, to workshops and master classes with renowned guest artists, Wharton Arts offers something for everyone.


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