Performing Arts Day Camp for Creative Kids

Non-competitive, process and learning-oriented program in a small, friendly community,
perfect for parents looking to find a creative escape from an increasingly digital world. 

‘Learning to tell the story well.’  

Hosted by Opera Theater Friends Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and funded in part by Arts Idaho

Studies show that children who attend a performing arts camps come away with social and intellectual development, higher school motivation, and better self-esteem. Campers learn to connect with each other, resulting in improved social interactions.  The theater is a safe place to play, free of judgment, where all that matters is understanding and empathy for the characters depicted in the story, their circumstances, as well as developing understanding for fellow collaborators.

We are excited to team up with 4-H. Their Theater Arts Club program shares many similarities with the Historic Opera Theater’s Theater Camp curriculum. The partnership brings the best of both worlds to the 2024 theater camp experience. During Theater Camp, campers will have the opportunity to be introduced to or expand their skills in the world of theater. The sessions are designed for campers with no experience but challenging enough for campers who have studied or performed in a theater production.

Just some of the skills that will be acquired during the theater camp:

  • Collaboration – Learning to work together to deliver an end result and support each other during the process.
  • Creativity and Imagination –  Working in the arts allows campers to explore different roles, try on different personalities, play roles from alternate perspectives, and open their minds to endless possibilities.
  • Self Confidence –  For youth who may feel lost in the social aspects of school during the year, the experience of being an essential part of a team can  raise self-esteem. Being able to make mistakes and learning that even if you flub a line or trip on stage you can continue without repercussions teaches young performers that perseverance breeds success.
  • Accountability –  Campers quickly learn they are accountable to a team of peers. If one person doesn’t pull their weight, the performance suffers.
  • Concentration –  Learning to listen to others, taking direction, and the need to play off another person helps develop focus and the need to listen for a cue requires concentration.
  • Communication –  Students learn to express themselves through character, story development, movement, and dialogue.

Campers, Ages 9-15. March 26, 27, & 28 from 10AM to 3PM daily.

On March 28 at 4:30PM campers will show off their new skills in a short play.

News!  We are now offering a free shuttle service for Theater Camp 2024 to/from Mountain Home. The pick up point is the Extension Office in Mountain Home (535 E Jackson St).  If you want to take advantage of this service, let us know on the registration form.

The course will prepare young actors for stage production or be a look at a rewarding activity away from the world of small screens.  Students will be taught by working theater professionals and Elmore County 4-H Program Assistant Jami Davis on topics including, but not limited to stage movement, voice expression, character development, and acting styles.  There will also be sessions on auditioning, costuming, make up, and set design.  Each day will end with a rehearsal for the end-of-camp show which will be performed on Thursday afternoon for family, friends, and the public.  This special production will be built from skills campers learned in their camp classes. 

Click here for the camp schedule and introduction of the our camp instructors.

Discounts available for multiple campers from the same family – contact Dorothy at for details.

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