Stage Coach Theatre, Richmond: StageCoach Richmond is part of a network of children's performing arts schools that operate year round, but in the summer, the theatre school offers week long summer camps. Kids gets to write, create, and perform their own musical.
"With Glee, kids are really into singing, and dancing, and getting on stage and showing everyone what they've got," says Lisa Oppenheim, principal with Stage Coach Theatre Richmond.
In the mornings, campers have one-hour sessions in singing, dancing, and acting. They spend the afternoons working with instructors to build a story line to connect all the acts together. Voila! A mini show by Friday!
Circus West: Kids can learn everything from unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze and mini-trampoline in this week long camp. Every Friday, children show off their new skills in a showcase for friends and family. Camps are offered all over the Lower Mainland for a variety of skill levels and ages.
"We don't tell the campers this, but really they spend as much time learning about self-esteem, collaboration, teamwork and trust as they do about tumbling, or about riding a unicycle," says Al Vigoda, the executive director of Circus West. "We really build citizens step by step. They just think they're having fun, so don't tell them!"