The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, crowned Dan’s Best of the Best Hamptons Theater, also happens to host Dan’s Best of the Best Theater Group: the WHBPAC Arts Academy. What’s even more impressive is the renowned Arts Academy shows are put on by young campers, many of whom start out inexperienced but eager to learn.
This summer’s camp lineup is nothing short of transformative, with each one preparing students for a spectacular performance at the end of the weeklong program.
It begins in July with Little Players Musical Theatre: Musicals of the Magic Kingdom July 5–8, 9 a.m–noon. Campers ages 5 and 6 will work with WHBPAC’s nurturing teaching artists to explore the wonderful world of Disney’s Broadway hits. Second this summer is Musical Theatre Camp: Rumpelstiltskin, in which campers ages 6–14 will put on a full-scale production in five short days: July 11–15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Musical Theatre Camp: The Jungle Book follows July 18–22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and offers the same enriching experience with a play that’s a little more wild. The month concludes with Broadway Bound: Dance Intensive — a weeklong dance program where students will develop jazz and tap techniques, as well as Broadway choreography — running July 25–28, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., for ages 12–18.
In August, Musical Theatre Camp: The Frog Prince offers students ages 6–14 their third chance to put on a full-scale musical in a week: August 1–5, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tween Theatre Troupe: Prank Wars from August 8–11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., is just what kids ages 9–12 need to learn new skills, expand their imaginations and improve their acting capabilities by rehearsing and performing an original play written with them in mind. Next up, Tween Musical Theatre Troupe: Twisted Fairytales is designed for students ages 9–12 who love to create; from August 15–18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., young writers will develop their own spin on a classic fairytale.
Finally, the WHBPAC Arts Academy summer camp program will also offer two one-day classes in August. The Broadway Bound Vocals Masterclass on August 8 at 5:30 p.m. will give students ages 12–18 a chance to hone their singing skills with help from sought-after NYC voice teachers Alexa Green and Chris Citera. Then on August 11, 5:30–8 p.m., Jordan Barbour will host Finding Your Voice in Character: A Monologue Masterclass, in which students ages 14–18 will focus on character intention and improv basics, as well as physical and vocal techniques, to bring out each actor’s natural abilities.
Interested parents should call 631-288-2350 ext.118 or visit whbpac.org for more info.