Theater has endured for centuries – and continues to delight families to this day. Children of all ages are still interested in performing, and there are plenty of different places for them to get on stage.
From musicals to Shakespeare with a twist, there are all kinds of opportunities to act, sing and dance in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Some theater and acting camps for kids are all rehearsals and lead up to performances, while others are all about learning skills valuable in the theater world.
Whatever kind of performing your child is interested in, you can be certain there’s a program out there for them to enjoy this wonderful art.
Check out these theater camps for kids below to find a spot near you.
- Address: Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St., Detroit), St. Aidan Church (17500 Farmington Road, Livonia), First Congregational Church of Chelsea (121 E. Middle St., Chelsea
- Phone: 313-212-8864
- Ages: vary based on camp
Choose from a five-day intensive theatre camp at the world-renowned Detroit Opera House; a five day camp for teens and young adults in Livonia or a weekly six-class camp for all ages in Chelsea. All skill levels and abilities are welcome, including kids and grown-ups with special needs. Registration required.
- Address: 40027 Aynesley St., Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-243-2253
- Ages: Grades 1-12, depending on the program
Summer drama camps here focus on the acting process, giving students the tools to create and develop their performance skills. The company seeks to “encourage and develop positive growth in our youth population by making life skill connections through the magic of theatre.”
- Address: 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
- Phone: 734-673-9507
- Ages: 5-13-plus
Classes are held at Trenton Village Theatre. Summer stage programs include choir, musical theatre, theatre arts, Broadway dance and others.
- Address: Players Barn Theater, 32332 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
- Phone: 248-473-1800
- Ages: Age 4-grade 12
The Little Stars program starts kids, ages 4-5, off with basic drama techniques, music and storytelling. There’s also a Rising Stars camp for kids in grades 1-3 and Total Drama Camp that helps kids in grades 4-10 develop physical acting and improv skills; plus musical camp options and an Acting Intensive for older kids.
- Address: 135 E. Main St., Northville
- Phone: 248-349-8110
- Ages: 6-16
Theater camp options include Ducky Camp (ages 6-7), Day Camp (ages 8-12), Star Camp (advanced actors ages 10-15) and Broadway Camp (elite actors ages 11-16).
- Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-237-3419
- Ages: 13-18
Operetta Workshop is a three-week day camp for young people ages 13 to 18 who will be directed in acting, singing, stage movement, healthy vocal technique, and how to audition as they present Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. This tale of magical beings, incantations, and mismatched couples will have its final performance at the Detroit Opera House in Boll Hall under the direction of Molly Bock with Joseph Jackson accompanying.
- Address: 2251 Antietam, Detroit
- Phone: 313-872-6910
- Ages: 7-11
Parents can choose one, two or three weeks of camps for their kids. Camps include Shrek!, Trolls! and Land of Oz and focus on building the themes found in each film.
- Address: 774 N. Sheldon, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-416-4278
- Ages: Vary based on camp; ranges 5-17
If your kid is excited about theater, music, film or the arts in general, you’ll find a great fit here. Offerings include an Actors’ Workshop, Film Making Workshop, Musical Theater and others.
- Address: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
- Phone: 248-644-5832
- Ages: Grades 3-12
An Improv and Sketch Comedy Camp allows kids 8 and up to hone those skills. There’s also Theatre Camps for kids in grades 3-7 and 7-12 that’ll teach musical theatre and more advanced skills, too.
- Address: 1051 Oakland Ave., Birmingham
- Phone: 248-203-7300
- Ages: Age 4-Grade 8
The Roeper Summer Stock Theatre allows students to work with professional theater instructors and participate in activities to build skills in acting, singing and dancing. Sessions are open to beginning and more experienced actors.
- Address: 6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-995-0530
- Ages: 4-10
Drama camps here offer a safe, comfortable and fun environment for exploring the world of theater. Camps offer a new theme each week including African Arts, Adventures in Space, Under the Sea, Around the World and others.
- Address: 331 Metty Drive, Suite 3, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-222-4006
- Ages: Grades 1-12
Theater camps include different themes for different age groups including Once Upon a Time for grades 1-3, Honk for grades 3-6, Break into Broadway for grades 4-6 and others.
This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.