The school year is nearing its end, and soon the Hamptons and North Fork will be filled with kids with pent-up energy and time on their hands. Summer camps are a great way for your little ones to have fun on the East End, make new friends and expand their horizons. But it can be daunting to find a camp that fits the interests and needs of your child; Dan’s Best of the Best can help you narrow it down.
For kids that are interested in the performing arts, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, winner of the Dan’s Best of the Best Platinum award for best camp, has an extensive and varied array of day camps for kids of all ages. Here are a few of their offerings.
Musical Theatre Camp
Red Riding Hood: July 6–July 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; performance July 10, 7 p.m.
Peter Pan & Wendy: July 20–July 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; performance July 24, 7 p.m.
Sleeping Beauty: August 10–August 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; performance August 10, 7 p.m.
Kids ages 6–16 will be “cast” on Monday and perform on Friday in these week-long programs. Campers will work with the Missoula Children’s Theatre Directors and the WHBPAC Teaching Artists on improvisation, music and other aspects of theater. And campers 12 and up who want to work behind the scenes can participate as “assistant directors.”
Tween Theatre Troupe
Prank Wars! July 13–July 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; performance during last day
Cirque de Sabotage! July 27–July 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; performance during last day
These unique workshops for kids ages 9–11 will work on their theatrical skills while rehearsing for and performing original scripts by the WHBPAC artistic staff.
July 13–July 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
This one-week intensive with playwright Jonathan Dorf will teach kids about translating their creativity to the stage with monologues, scenes and short plays. The final day of the workshop will have readings of the students’ work.
August 3–August 7, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; performance during last day
This program for ages 10–17 gives kids the opportunity to work with Broadway professionals, learning choreography, music and acting. Mid-week, kids will go to NYC for a Broadway show. A free and open-to-the-public showcase closes out this unique and exciting week.
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach. For pricing and registration information, call 631-288-1500 and go to whbpac.org.