Are you seeking a summer activity for your theatrical tween or teen? Young Artists of America at Strathmore is moving their award-winning summer musical theatre program online with Virtual Summer Performing Arts Intensives. It’s a pivot that results in even more personalized training opportunities, while also teaching students how to master performing on camera.
Two different programs will be offered: A half day model for both middle school and high school students, respectively, and a full day model for high school students and rising college freshmen. Students can sign up for one or both sessions, the first running from June 26 – July 10, and the second July 11 – July 24. They have generously offered our readers $100 off registration for new students. Use promo code KF100 at check out.
Students will have the opportunity to study acting, dance, and voice in private and small group sessions with top faculty and teaching artists from the region, while experiencing a learning environment focused on artistry, excellence, mentorship and community. The summer program has been voted one of the best summer camps by Washington City Paper and Bethesda Magazine readers. Their productions have won Regional Emmys, and they were named “Best Youth Music Program” by Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers Poll 2020, as well as “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” by MD Theater Guide 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The program will feature digital musical theatre video productions of Company, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, and James and the Giant Peach, filmed by students and professionally directed, edited, and produced by YAA staff. The program will also host “watch parties” of the productions for friends and family along with virtual “student lunch parties” and other events meant to spark community during a time of social distancing. Get a little taste of what’s possible: This adorable video was done by two of their dance teachers, one of whom performed at Radio City Music Hall in their Christmas Spectacular.
Sounds like a fantastic way to keep kids entertained — and entertaining! For more information and registration, visit the Young Artists of America website.