Opportunities for kids to become Actors, Singers, Musicians & Performers this Summer

Covid-19 has severely affected our performing arts community and now 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.

In and around New Jersey, we have 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.


Denville and Wayne, NJ locations 
www.bachtorocknj.com  Bach to Rock proudly provides music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Instruments taught include guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, trumpet & more! B2R seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones! They also have early childhood classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Take your skills to the next level in a Glee Club or Rock Band. B2R offers opportunities for students to perform in venues in around Morris and Passaic Counties.

BRIGHTEST STAR PERFORMING ARTS (Day Camp and Sleep-away Camp Options)

www.brighteststarschoolofperformingarts.com  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. 

CAMP BALLIBAY (sleepaway option)

1660 Ballibay Rd, Wyalusing, PA 18853
www.campballibay.com  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.


West Windsor, NJ
CAMP COLLEGE has an NEW and exciting Campus Kids Pods program and Specialty Camp format this summer. New Campus Kids Pods program includes courses sure to please every camper, while staying together in small groups throughout the day. The new Specialty Camp model is scheduled to specifically pair courses to create a full day experience, with some limited programs offered as a half day option. Held at the West Windsor Campus.  


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.


199 Bouchoux Brook Rd, Hancock, NY 13783
Co-ed, sleepaway, premier performing arts camp in the Catskill Mountains for artists aged 7 to 17. This is an internationally recognized program featuring options in music, art, theater, dance, circus, magic and horseback riding. Young artists can select their area of focus or choose a variety of artistic endeavors. Diversity and creativity are celebrated and encouraged through high quality instruction and opportunities.


Cherry Hill, NJ 
Offers In-Person Theatre Camps for ages 4 - 18. Their Apprentice Troupe is for ages 8-18 to participate in a Musical Performance and Play Intensive workshop! Super Stars is for ages 4-7 introducing young artists the joy of storytelling! Teachers work with campers to build their very own play, and students are responsible for learning lines, songs, and choreography. Themed sessions are offered on a weekly basis, and Super Stars will perform their original show at the end of each week. Camp will take place in the Artists in Motion Dance Complex. 


West Orange, NJ 
At Musical Theatre Conservatory, campers ages 7-19 years old can choose In person, virtual and hybrid options, full day or 1/2 day camp. Kids love to put on a show and dream of performing on stage, under the bright lights. Their Broadway Bootcamp will allow campers grow personally and artistically. MTC offers Professional, Personalized training in Singing, Dancing, Acting / TV Acting, Voice Overs, Comedy, Song Interpretation, Stage Combat, Auditioning, Make up and More!


24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ 07102
The New Jersey Performing Art Center offers young artists a most wonderful, state-of-the-art venue to “connect, create and discover unlimited possibilities” within the arts community. In-person and virtual training experiences are available, guided by accomplished faculty.  


Union, NJ 
Premiere Stages hosts outdoor theatre camp sessions for middle school and high school students, exploring collaboration and performance techniques, culminating with live showcases on Kean University’s campus!   


85 George Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901
Join the vibrant artistic community of Mason Gross School of the Arts online 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  
Do you want to learn how to play in a band or learn to write songs? School of Rock offers a wide variety of music camps that include musical themes ranging from Classic Rock to R&B, plus a special Songwriting camp for our more seasoned musicians. 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.


Westfield, NJ 
Give your kids a chance to make memories, music and friends at IN-Person MUSIC and THEATER camps ... offering music programs for kids ages 4 -18, with options for all levels, AM, PM and Full Day Sessions available. Programs include Rock and Roll Summer School for Beginners ages 7-18, Rock band camp for beginners and teens, KidzRock Music Camp Ages 4-7, Broadway Westfield, and musical theater cabaret camp for all levels. 

VANGUARD THEATER CAMP (sleepaway and day)

West Milford, NJ and Montclair, NJ
Offering two great options: For the teen, VTC Summerstock is an intensive sleep-away program for the serious theater & musical theater performer between the ages of 12–19. Held in the beautiful foothills of the Ramapo mountains of West Milford, and with a staff of professional actors and directors, campers perform three fully produced shows in three weeks! In addition to show rehearsals, campers choose to take workshops in a variety of areas including: Songwriting, Shakespeare, Puppetry, Musical Theater Dance, College Prep, and more. Plus your child can go swimming, boating, go archery, hiking, and of course - participate in nightly campfires. For kids ages 7-12, VTC KIDS is a performing arts day camp held at The Vanguard in Montclair, NJ (July 6 - July 30, 2021). Young actors will learn basic musical theater techniques to communicate characters, feelings, and stories, which will increase their focus and exercise their imaginations. 


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  www.whartonarts.org
Wharton offers an array of outdoor summer activities and online 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 both in-person and on a remote platform.




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