Summer 2022 opportunities for kids to become Actors, Singers, Musicians & Performers

For 2022, there are many great options for Performing Arts and Music camps where our kids can enjoy developing their own, unique, creative voice and self-expression in a safe and nurturing environment. After a long year plus of lock up, it’s time to get on that stage again! 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: 



Nanuet, NY  Rock Band, DJ, Glee Club, Beat Making, and Rock City World Tour camps are currently available for registration! Get the opportunity to learn music with new friends, record in our studio, and perform at the end of the week! Full-day sessions run from 9-4pm. Half-day sessions run from 9-12:30pm, and 12:30-4pm. DJ and Glee are offered in a half-day session only but can be combined with Rock Band for the full day price. For ages 4 - 17 years old

BRIGHTEST STAR PERFORMING ARTS (Day Camp and Sleep-away Camp Options)  Brightest Star Summer Musical Theatre is a “triple threat” program designed to fully educate campers in the musical theatre genre. With an outstanding staff to camper ratio: 1:4, campers will receive daily classes in voice, acting and dance, as well as lessons in technical theatre, character development, costuming and story-writing. Previous experience is not a pre-requisite and no audition is required. Their sleep-away camps present full musical titles while their Day Camp option presents Broadway Revue, featuring each camper. 

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. Every summer is completely different. It’s a safe space where young people can grow into whatever they want and need to be. The day starts at 7:30am and ends at 10:15pm. From the professionally-equipped studios and exciting performance spaces, to the state-of-the-art recording facilities and pool, campers are free to try anything and everything! Over 30 world-class programs await our artists every day, from glassblowing to dance, painting to sketch, comedy to radio, weaving to gardening and so much more! Many generations of Buck’s Rockers, including campers, their parents, and decades of dedicated staff make up our unique community. ACA Accredited camp.

CAMP BALLIBAY (sleepaway option)

1660 Ballibay Rd, Wyalusing, PA 18853  Rated the #1 Arts camp in North America since 2011, Camp Ballibay offers young artists ages 8-16 quality instruction and opportunities to explore the visual arts, dance, theater, and music. Campers will enjoy 174-acres of beautiful and serene mountain top views perfect to stir up their creativity. Gifted artists from all over the world guide students through their chosen creative outlets to help them connect with their passion and maximize their potential.


6 Jill Court Building 23, Unit 10, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
One-of-a-kind circus camp for children ages 6-15 who are interested in learning circus arts similar to those performed in the Greatest Showman and Cirque Du Soleil. Register for 1 or 2 week sessions to learn aerial skills, hula hoop tricks, tightrope and stilt walking, tumbling and juggling, and show off your newly acquired talents in a unique BIG TOP concluding performance which will be recorded and can be shared with family and friends.


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!


River Edge, NJ   WEB
The River Edge Flute Experience is a 4 day flute course held at the start of the summer, in River Edge, NJ. The River Edge Flute Experience faculty will guide all participants through careful instruction with level-appropriate music. Through fun and informational daily activities taught in a supportive and structured environment, participants will experience instruction on everything from flute technique and performance skill to note reading and music history.


West Orange/Montclair, NJ
Broadway Boot Camp (July 5th-22nd) gives aspiring performers, ages 7-19 of all skill levels the opportunity to explore their creative talents, develop their performance technique and build self confidence during the summer in a challenging yet supportive environment. Students take daily classes in Vocal technique, song interpretation, T.V. / Acting, Comedy, stage combat, make-up, hip-hop, theatre dance and Audition technique. Taught by working professionals, from Broadway stars to Casting Directors and Agents. Plus end of season POOL PARTY and final show!


24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ 07102 
A Hip Hop and Theater Day Camp for ages 9 - 18 years: Offering 2 camp options:
Hip Hop: This summer we're looking forward to sharing all the pillars of hip hop as part of one comprehensive summer. Be a part of our community meetings and closing cypher, learn more about Music Production, Beatmaking, Graphic Design, Graffiti, Podcasting, Emceeing, DJing, and Dance! Culminating in an exciting outdoor event with family and friends. Offering 3 experience levels both in-person and virtually, ensuring everyone can participate in the way that's right for them. 
Theater: Join us this summer for a journey through a kaleidoscope of theater arts training. Students will sharpen their acting, movement, creation and vocal skills through a variety of classes, from choreography to circus, from improvisation to play creation. Every camper will get a taste of it all! Our culminating event will be a combination of improvised scenes, musical interludes, and original work created by the students. 


85 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901
Join the vibrant artistic community of Mason Gross School of the Arts this summer! Offering programs in art & design, dance, film & animation, music, and theater. Explore, create, and perform under the guidance of faculty from the state’s premier arts conservatory. Programs Art & Design Take part in a variety of Art & Design Programs led by Mason Gross faculty, alumni, and graduate students. Their virtual camp will feature expert Remote Instruction. Safe, Secure Online Experience. All RCA summer programs are conducted via Zoom. The faculty have spent a full year developing content and delivery methods specifically for online learning for both school-age learners and at the collegiate level.


Locations: Chatham, Clark, Cresskill, Montclair, Waldwick 
Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? All students will get to experience to thrill of playing music with a band during our themed music camps! From beginner music camps to intermediate and advanced sessions, our music camps will further a student's musical foundation. Through group "band" instruction, this comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative, fun, and safe environment. Our staff knows from experience that playing with a band speeds learning and creates "seasoned" musicians. 

SUMMERSTOCK THEATER CAMP (sleepaway and day options)

West Milford, NJ and Montclair, NJ 
For ages 12 - 19, VTC Summerstock is an intensive sleep-away program for the serious Theater & Musical Theater performer, and offers the FULL summer camp experience. Led by professional actors and directors, campers perform three fully produced shows in 3 weeks. Along with show rehearsals, campers take workshops including: Songwriting, Shakespeare, Musical Theater Dance, Music Theory, Sight Reading, and Character Analysis. Recreational activities include swimming, boating, archery, hiking, and of course, nightly campfires, perfectly round out the camp experience. Our campers leave every summer saying it was the best weeks of the year! Located at Hands In 4 Youth - Home of Camp Vacamas in the beautiful foothills of the Ramapo mountains of West Milford, NJ. July 24 through August 13. Financial Assistance is available.  For kids ages 7-12, VTC KIDS is a performing arts day camp held in Montclair, NJ. Young actors will learn basic musical theater techniques to communicate characters, feelings, and stories, which will increase their focus and exercise their imaginations. 


Elks Lodge, 375 Old Post Rd, Edison, NJ 08817
Join us for our 32nd Season! Taubenslag Productions' Theater Camp will run for 8 weeks for kids entering 1st grade up to 16 years. Whether they want to perform, create sets or props or be a counselor-in-training, we've got something for everyone. Campers learn all aspects of musical theater while also building confidence and self-esteem.  All levels of experience or no experience at all are welcome! Theater Camp teaches kids how to use performance & theater arts to break out of their shells, use creativity & come alive on stage - giving them the life skills needed to succeed! Rehearsals and Performances take place under our new and colorful Big Top Performance Tent! Theater Camp is now located at a new outdoor location, The Elks Lodge offering many more afternoon activities and games, plus swimming every day.  Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is also very popular with teens. Theater Camp was honored by the NJ State Senate, General Assembly and Middlesex County Freeholders for artistic excellence and for our 25+ years of serving kids in the community.


Offering virtual private instruction, lessons & class information for all ages and stages of advancement. Their prestigious faculty and staff offers countless ways for your child to nurture a lifelong passion this summer. Expand your child's musical horizons through a variety of concentrations including composing, piano, orchestral, flute, jazz, musical theatre and more; with a one-on-one engagement from our experienced faculty and staff. They also offer a “Try It Out” camp, which is an invitation for your child to explore a musical instrument or discipline that can begin their journey into musical immersion. 


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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