The Musical Theatre of Anthem will host summer camps, productions and workshops for performers ages 3 to adult, including “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.,” the Summer Performing Arts Institute, “101 Dalmatians Kids,” “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” and “Summer Minis.”
Participants will learn from award-winning, experienced directors, vocal directors and choreographers, many of whom will also be directing shows for the upcoming 14th season.
“MTA offers something for youth of all ages and experience this summer, from full-scale musical productions to intensive workshops and minis programs,” said Jackie Hammond, the theater’s producing artistic director.
“Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.” rehearsals are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 7, to Friday, June 11; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 14, to Thursday, June 17. Performances are Thursday, June 17, to Saturday, June 19. The cost to participate is $375.
The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is a stage musical now. With a loose, revue-like structure, it follows Tom, a young school teacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs like “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.
The Summer Performing Arts Institute is for kids ages 6 to 18, who are grouped by age. It is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 21, to Friday, June 25. Performances are 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, June 25. The cost to participate is $275.
During the institute, kids will rotate between the various classes and instructors in their specialties. Participants will also choose various electives such as ballet, tap, improv, mastering the dance call and other classes. They will work with up to 10 production staff members who are experts in their fields. Students will choose four out of nine electives.
The musical “101 Dalmations Kids” is for children ages 6 to 11. The auditions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, but all youth are cast. This production will be run in the theater’s summer show format with rehearsals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, to Saturday, July 10, and Monday, July 12, to Thursday, July 15.
Performances are Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. The cost to participate is $375.
Disney’s classic animated tale of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies is adapted in this musical. Based on the classic animated film, “101 Dalmations Kids” features Cruella De Vil and other characters performing to a high-spirited score.
Pet owners Roger and Anita live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita. Everything is quiet until Anita’s former classmate, De Vil plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from De Vil and her bumbling henchmen.
Auditions for “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” are set for 10 a.m. Sunday, July 18, for youth ages 12 to 18. Dance calls are noon and 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 18. Callbacks are 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18.
The production runs in the summer show format with rehearsals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 19, to Friday, July 23; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 26, to Thursday, July 29. Performances are Thursday, July 29, to Saturday, July 31. The cost to participate is $375.
The musical is faithfully adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay in “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.”
In “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.,” the starlet and the leading man have a love affair that could change lives.
“Summer Minis” are for kids ages 3 to 5. They focus on various aspects of an MTA show: vocal technique (projection, enunciation, tone, blending as a group); dance skills (coordination, synchronization); showmanship and basic theater terminology. Skills will culminate in a performance for friends and family at the end of each session.
The class is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 19, to Friday, July 23. The evening performance is 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 23. The cost is $100.
All workshops will be held in-person at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42201 N. 21st Drive, Suite B100, Anthem. Register online at musicaltheatreofanthem.org. Payment is due upon registration, and a 10% sibling discount is available.