Stage a musical after one week of practice. Uncover the secrets of a city and culture. Discover famous artists and be inspired by their techniques. Travel through rivers and mangroves among native wildlife.
Those are some of the adventures that Miami-Dade kids can experience in summer camp this year.
Here are a few local summer camps that offer both leisure and learning for kids of all ages. For a searchable database of local summer camps, visit momsmiami.com and click on Summer Camp.
Broadway Musical Theatre
On May 31, Mica Einhorn won her third grade’s music award and, last summer, she was given a lead role in a play during her stay at an award-winning musical theater camp in Maine.
And she said she owes it all to Angelica Torres, the director of the Broadway Musical Theatre in Key Biscayne.
Torres offers an eight-week Broadway Triple Threat Summer Intensive Workshop for children ages 5 ti 16.
For three hours a day, the campers practice their singing, acting and dancing led by professionals. The campers also learn about the choreographer, composer, story and style of one or two musicals every week. On Friday of every session, the students put together a performance with pieces from the musical they studied that week. This year, the repertoire includes selections from Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
“It’s very challenging for them,” Torres said. “We push the bar.”
Mica, who has been involved with the theater for about seven years, said Torres has taught her how to stop being shy on stage, along with a variety of other skills.
“I think I’ve learned how to use my stomach and project and act, because she teaches acting techniques for getting into the moment and really being the character,” said Mica, 8.Mica and 11-year-old Isabella Peña, who both want to be Broadway performers when they’re older, love the community aspect of the camp. Mica particularly enjoys everyone’s reactions after a student steps on stage.
“When you’re done auditioning, everyone supports you and everyone claps for you,” Mica said. “Even during a show, after someone does a song or something, everyone gives you hugs when you get offstage.”
Broadway Musical Theatre’s summer workshops run from June 11 to August 10 and require no audition. Each one-week session costs $200 for members and $235 for non-members. To sign up, visit broadwaymusicaltheatre.com.
From sailors and pirates to 1950s rock ’n’ roll to the 2012 Olympic Games, campers at HistoryMiami’s Tropical Adventures summer camp will get to experience an array of history and culture straight from their backyard.
“In addition to exploring a wide variety of history relating to the U.S., we always come back to Miami and South Florida,” said Thuvia Martin, HistoryMiami’s family programs manager. “Just the fact that we really try to bring it back to the community engenders this sense of pride of where we’re living.”
For example, during the third week of the camp, campers will discover the traditions and lifestyles of Native American tribes around the country. But the curriculum is infused with local flavor: The campers will get to explore South Florida’s Miccosukee Indian Village.