It’s summertime, which means Osceola Arts is bringing back its summer camps.
The local arts, nonprofit facility is using its mission to promote interest in the arts with nine summer camps, all focusing on visual arts, musical theatre, filmmaking and music.
“With our dynamic theming this year, there is definitely something for everyone,” said Osceola Arts Education Director Jennifer Panzella. “The kids stay busy during their day rotating between three different disciplines and teachers. Confidence and creativity build as students work together to make one great showcase at the end of each camp. The program welcomes all skill levels, so it’s a great time to explore our programming if you are new to Osceola Arts.”
Most of Osceola Arts’ camps are open to kids ages 6-14, with a few exceptions. The camps will begin and June and run through the beginning of August.
Check out Osceola Arts 2019 summer camp schedule:
Shipwrecked: One-week Visual Arts Camp, June 3-7
From swashbuckling pirates to mermaids to treasure maps, this one-week visual art camp will have campers will work together to create projects based around the island adventures! The week will culminate with a swashbuckling art show in the galleries.
Make the Band: One-week Music Camp, June 3-7
This ROCK camp will feature learning the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and singing while learning basic techniques, music theory, and learning the dynamic of playing in a group. This camp is open to ages 8-17.
Cinerama: Two-week Filmmaking Camp, June 10-21
Campers will work together to write, direct and star in their own movie shorts. Learn video shots, storyboarding and much more in this exciting movie adventure. The camp will culminate with a special movie screening showcase.
Hogwarts Headquarters: One-week Art Fusion Camp, June 24-28
Campers will work on creating wands, house crests and more in this art and theatrical fusion camp. The week will conclude with a special wizards presentation.
Vocal Arts Intensive: One-week Vocal Camp, June 24-28
Campers will sing classical, a cappella, contemporary vocal jazz in both choir and ensemble settings, and will also have a chance to receive one-on-one vocal coaching. This camp is open to middle and high school-aged students.
The Greatest Show: Two-week Musical Theatre Camp, July 8-19
Campers will work on their singing, acting, tumbling and dancing skills to present a one of a kind show inspired by the movie phenomenon.
Strings Intensive Camp: Two-week Music Camp, July 15-26
This intensive music camp focuses on the techniques and style of orchestral string music. Campers will experience the fun of strings music while working on solos, quartets, and ensemble pieces. The instructors will lead both beginner and intermediate level students towards a final performance at the end of the session.
Poppins Showstoppers: Two-week Musical Theatre Camp, July 22 - Aug. 2
Campers will work on their singing, acting and dancing skills themed to the practically perfect world of Mary Poppins. Songs featured from the original movie, original Broadway production and Mary Poppins Returns.
Game Show: One-week Art Fusion Camp, Aug. 5-9
Campers will work on improv exercises & public speaking to perfect their show host presence on stage. Activities will be based off popular game show challenges. The week will culminate with a family friendly Game Show LIVE!.
In addition to the nine hosted summer camps, Osceola Arts is offering a children’s summer production. The production, Disney’s Frozen, Jr., is open to kids ages 9-17, and is based on the 2018 Broadway musical.
“We are bringing back our summer production after taking a couple of years off,” said Panzella. “Our last summer youth show was 100 Years of Broadway at the Berlinsky House in downtown Kissimmee. We are excited to bring the summer production back home to the Osceola Arts main stage.”
The story of Disney’s Frozen, Jr. brings the magic of the land of Arendelle to life on stage, with its beloved sister characters Elsa and Anna. The show features songs from the animated feature film Frozen, plus five songs written for the Broadway production.
“The show was just released for youth productions and we were excited to jump at the chance to be one of the first to present it in this area,” said Panzella. “With the sequel coming out this summer, we hope that it will be an exciting time to gear up for another adventure with our favorite characters from the movie.”
Rehearsals for Disney’s Frozen, Jr. will be held Monday through Friday evenings, beginning July 15. The show will run Aug. 9-11.
For more information about Osceola Arts, its nine summer camps and summer production, visit OsceolaArts.org. Note: Camp registrations are available on the website.
To see more things to do this summer, see the News-Gazette’s Summertime Fun Guide on page 9.