Summer camps for young people in musical theater at the Center Civique Des Moines

Des Moines Performing Arts is not yet ready to resume face-to-face performances, but it is preparing to offer another type of direct experience: “camps” for young actors.

DMPA will offer three summer opportunities for different age groups, depending on the grade level of students in the fall of 2021. For students in Grades 3 through 8, there is a “Let’s Put on a” Musical Theater Camp. Show ”; a Broadway academy for sixth to eighth graders; and an intensive summer program on Broadway for grades 9 to 12 and freshmen.

The camps, which previously stood at the Temple Theater, will be moved to the larger civic center downtown, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

“DMPA is confident that we can offer in-person camps while adhering to CDC guidelines and putting the health of campers and staff first,” said Jonathan Brendemuehl, DMPA communications manager, in an email message. .

DMPA said group sizes will be limited, with masks required. Parents or guardians will be asked to stay in their vehicles for return and pickup, and students will need to bring lunch bags as refrigeration will not be provided.

Here are more details about each camp.

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Musical Theater Camp: “Let’s do a show!” ”

Dates (six sessions): June 14-18, June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 19-23, July 26-30 and August 2-6.

Time: 9 am-4pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am-7pm Friday.

Students will be able to perform, sing and dance for a musical they are creating. Each participant is guaranteed a role, assigned on the first day through auditions. The programs will conclude with a performance at 5:30 p.m. on the last day of each session on the main stage of the Civic Center.

Broadway Summer Academy

Appointment: July 12-17

Time: 9 am-4pm July 12-16; 9 am-4:30pm July 17th

College students will experience a week-long day camp with Broadway performers who will host drama, dance and singing sessions. Participants will also receive mentorship in hearing skills, song selection and performance. No audition will be required, but the program is recommended for students with musical, dance or acting skills. The program concludes with a 3 p.m. performance on July 17 on the Civic Center Main Stage.

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Summer Intensive on Broadway

Appointment: July 12-17

Time: 9 am-5pm 12-16; 9 am-4:30pm July 17th

The teenagers will attend a series of master classes in theater, dance and song. Participants will also learn about the audition and casting process and what Broadway does with industry professionals. The week ends with a 3 p.m. showcase on July 17 on the Civic Center Main Stage. A first experience is strongly recommended.

Registration is open at For more information, call 515-246-2300.

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Sierra Porter covers entertainment for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at or via Twitter @ SierraAPorter95.

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