The curtain will rise on summer camp fun this year with the Calgary Young People’s Theatre. These camps are perfect for kids and teens who want to dive into drama, express themselves, and showcase their creativity. No experience is necessary and the camps are led by experts in the field. Professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights will teach your kids how to act, improvise, create a play, and more, and help them have a fabulous time doing it!
With locations in Calgary’s NW, SW, and SE, the CYPT offers half-day, full-day, and two-week camps. Days are filled with learning various dramatic skills like acting, improvisation, and stage combat, plus learning how to create your own play. Each week normally concludes with a fun performance.
Half Day, 1-Week Camps (4-6 years old)
Half-day camps run 9 am – 12 pm each day, giving your little one a chance to show the world what they’re all about! The week concludes with a fun performance.
Full Day, 1-Week Camps (6-12 years old)
Camp kids spend their mornings learning various dramatic skills like acting, improvisation, and stage combat, and then in the afternoons, they work with a CYPT professional theatre artist to build their very own play that they’ll perform at the end of the week! The camp runs from 9 am – 4 pm.
Full Day, 2-Week Camps (10 – 18 years old)
No experience is necessary, but older kids who’ve developed a taste for the dramatic will find that this camp is the perfect next step. Over two weeks, they’ll get to build a longer play in the afternoons and experience a broad range of morning drama fun! The final performance is on the second Thursday of each camp. The camp runs from 9 am – 4 pm daily.
Drama Conservatory Camps for Teens
These 1-week camps for teens aged 12 to 18 explore exciting specialty topics, allowing them to delve deeper into the dramatic world and build their skills. For 2021, they can try Stage Make-up and Improvisation. The camps run from 9 am – 4 pm. (Note: these camps do not run at the South Location.)
Calgary Young People’s Theatre also offers an optional lunch/snack program for busy families in the full-day camps. It’s just $40/week for 2 snacks and one lunch daily! If money is tight this year, there is also a bursary program that low-income families can apply for so all kids can participate. (Email email@example.com to request a bursary application or for more information.)
The CYPT has adapted their camp structure to ensure they are keeping their young dramatists safe with a reduced capacity and COVID-preventing measures. Depending on existing government restrictions this summer, they will also be offering pre and post-care for only $5 per child, per session. Keep tabs on all their updates here.
All that’s left is to take the stage! Many of the kids who attend CYPT’s summer camps return year after year to see old friends and meet new ones. Register here to make sure your own child gets to experience all the drama, fun, and friendship!
Calgary Young People’s Theatre Summer Camps:
When: July 5 – 30, 2021
Where: The Unitarian Church of Calgary
Address: 1703 1st Street NW, Calgary, AB
When: August 3 – 27, 2021
Where: The Riverbend Community Association
Address: 19 Rivervalley Drive SE, Calgary, AB
West Location – NEW!
When: July 12 – 23, 2021
Where: SCA Community Association
Address: 277 Strathcona Dr SW, Calgary, AB