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Southern Utah Summer Theater Camps

My children love theater.  All three of them love going to live theater and two of them love performing. So, we have been scouting out a few ideas for summer theater camps and workshops in Southern Utah. Because it is time to get signed up. Wow!! Summer break is less than a month away.

One of the kids is already signed up to participate in a children’s community theater in Cedar. She will be performing in Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the beginning of August.

But here are some more fun ideas for summer theater workshops for those budding thespians.

Willow Glen Theatre in Cedar City is holding two youth acting programs this summer in Iron County.

photo courtesy of Willow Glen Theatre company.

photo courtesy of Willow Glen Theatre company.

This five-week intensive theater workshop and performances will feature dance, singing, and acting workshops taught by professionals and students from Southern Utah University.

Auditions for the musicals  Oklahoma! and Into the Woods will be held on May 9 from 4-8 p.m. They will be held at Willow Glen Inn (3308 N. Bulldog Rd, Enoch).

Dates: The first workshop for youth 13-18 years of age runs Monday-Thursday from May 20-30 and then Monday-Saturday June 3-15 (from 5:00-9:00pm) with performances of Oklahoma! on June 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26.

Dates: The second workshop for youth 8-12 years of age runs Monday-Wednesday from June 18-27 and then Monday-Saturday July 1-16 (from 5:00-9:00pm) with performances of Into the Woods on July 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23.

Program Fee: $100 per student (for the workshops, costumes, and rehearsals)

For more information visit


The Utah Shakespeare Festival also holds several different theater workshops throughout the summer.

Shakespeare for Junior Actors is for youth 11-15 years of age.

Here is the lowdown straight from

“Professional actors and educators lead this exciting in-residence theatre experience. Students gain invaluable acting skills through workshops including voice, stage combat, improvisation, and scene work. The week culminates in a public performance on one of the Festival’s stages.”

Tuition includes tickets to the Festival plays, chaperoned dormitory accommodations, and all meals.

Session 1: July 14–20; Session 2: July 21–27;

Session 3: July 28–August 3

Early Bird: $795 — register before April 1

Regular: $895 — after April 1

Utah Shakespeare Festival Playmakers will also hold summer acting workshops for $90 a session. Summer sessions focus on Shakespearean scene work. For more information visit

Tuacahn that amazing theater in the desert of Ivins, Utah also has a musical theatre camp for kids age 11-14

Desert Stars Musical Theatre
A Musical Theatre camp for young people ages 11-14.
Dates – July 9 – 13, 2012
Time – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday & 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday
Class Location – Tuacahn High School Black Box Theatre

Early Registration (Before June 1, 2012)
$100 ($95 per Camper plus a $5 Registration Fee)

Late Registration (After June 1, 2012)
$130 ($125 per Camper plus a $5 Registration Fee)

Save 33% by registering early!
All Tuition is non-refundable after June 1. Tuition includes: registration fees, all master classes, class rehearsal materials, camp t-shirt, backstage tour, daily treat break and final combined performance.

Jan Shelton Hunsaker, 435-652-3324
Tuacahn High School, 435-652-3201


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