More than 14,000 young people ages 3 to 17 have taken part in Camp Showbiz, San Antonio’s premiere theatre arts summer program.
At Camp Showbiz, no two sessions are alike! With guidance from our professional teaching artists, our campers take charge of their experience by learning how to collaborate together to create one-of-a-kind shows. Over the course of a session, campers will have fun growing their imaginations by developing original plays and films, sharpening acting and improvisational skills, and rehearsing show-stopping musical numbers.
Studies show that creativity is essential to a child’s development and the skills gained through engaging in the creative process are applicable to all careers and lifestyles. Our process-based approach to theatre brings out each child’s unique talents and shows them they are capable of great things!
Parents, please download these registration instructions to aid you in registering your child for camp.
Classes in RED take place at The Magik Theatre (Downtown)
Classes in BLUE take place at The Magik Performing Arts Center (Northside)
Session Schedule for The Magik Theatre (Downtown) and The Magik Performing Arts Center (I-10/De Zavala)
Each camp session runs two weeks with the exception of the ages 3.5-5 iStation camp (one week) and the Great Performances camp (four weeks).
Each session culminates in a Friday 3:00 p.m. showcase for family and friends.
Session 1: June 10-14. 2019 and June 17-21, 2019
Session 2: June 24-28, 2019 and July 1-5, 2019
(Session 2 showcase will take place on Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. There will be no camp on July 4. Friday, July 5 will be a fun day for campers. No extended care will be available on Wednesday due to showcase, but will be available on Friday.)
Session 3: July 8-12, 2019 and July 15 – 19, 2019
Session 4: July 22-26, 2019 and July 29 – August 2, 2019
Session 5: August 5-9, 2019 and August 12-16, 2019
Session 6: August 19-23, 2019 (One Week Only)
Classes for children age 5 and up run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and are full of fun opportunities to flex creative muscles by developing original plays and films, exploring dramatic adventures, learning choreography from their favorite musicals, or rehearsing a full-length musical production.
Camp programming for children age 3.5 to 5 is available at both locations and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. These classes encourage campers to use their imaginations in new and exciting ways and help our young artists to grow their creative skills through their love of playing pretend.
The typical daily schedule for a full day experience includes:
8:45 – 9:00 AM Drop Off
9:00 – 9:30 AM Warm-Ups
9:30 – 11:30 AM Creative Classroom Time
11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch and Outdoor Recess
12:30 – 1:15 PM Mini Focus
12:30 – 2:45 PM Creative Classroom Time
2:45 – 3:00 PM Snack/Reflection
3:00 – 3:15 PM Pick Up
The typical daily schedule for a half-day experience includes:
8:45 – 9:00 AM Drop Off
9:00 – 11:30 AM Creative Classroom Time
11:30 – 12:00 PM Snack/Reflection
12:00 – 12:15 PM Pick Up
Imagination Station | Ages 3.5 – 5
Our half-day adventures bring out the best in your child’s imaginative escapes. Little ones sharpen their social, motor, and problem-solving skills while building self-confidence through games, stories, movement activities and other creative exercises. All campers must be able to use the restroom independently, with no help. This class culminates in campers sharing a movement activity and a scene from their dramatic adventure, and displaying their original art. Imagination Station family sharing will occur in the last hour of the last camp day.
Devised Theatre and Skill Building Camps | Ages 5-7, 7-11
Devised Theatre – Using the camp session theme, campers delve deeper into drama, using books, movies, and the world around them as inspiration. They will flex their creative writing muscles to answer the question, “If all of the characters from the different worlds we explore met for a day, what would that adventure be like?” Through fun dramatic games, collaboration, and original ideas, campers will develop a new play that will make its world premiere on our stage. These camps end with a showcase or their original work on Friday afternoon.
Skill Building – These classes focus on the FUNdamentals. Campers will develop their training in a specific theatre –related skill (acting, stage makeup, filmmaking, or musical theatre) over the course of a week. These are great for those who are new to theatre or those who want to expand their “tool box” and practice new techniques. These camps will end with a showcase or portfolio of completed work. Please see the individual class description for further details.
Pre-Teen and Teen Workshops | Ages 12 +
Through our intensive musical theatre and acting workshops, students will focus on a particular area of the performing arts. From college prep to intermediate and advance technique development, our pre-teens and teenage students use their session to refine their skills while receiving more in-depth training from our professional teaching artist staff. Each class ends with a showcase performance on Friday afternoon.
Camp Tuition Rates
The camp rates include:
- A $50 non-refundable administrative fee
- Tuition for the length of the chosen camp
- One camp shirt
- Admission to a main stage or touring performance during the run of camp
Tuitions paid in full are subject to a refund up to one (1) week before the session begins (with the exception of the nonrefundable $50 administrative fee.) Less than one week to the start of the chosen session, all tuition and deposits are non-refundable.
Two-Week Sessions: $450 Early Bird, $475 After May 1st
One-Week Session (Session 6 Only): Early Bird $250, $275 After May 1st
Great Performances (four weeks): $670 Early Bird, $695 After May 1st
Imagination Station: $190 Early Bird, $215 After May 1st
Early Bird Discount
Camp registrations paid in full before May 1, 2019 are eligible to receive $25 off each session. Select the Early Bird Discount from the drop down menu when selecting your class to receive the discounted tuition price.
Extended care is available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended care sessions are staffed by our college interns and supervised by the Camp and Extended Care Coordinators. Afternoon Extended Care is not available for half day campers, and is not offered on Showcase days.
- Morning Extended Care: $25/child per week
- Afternoon Extended Care: $50/child per week
- Combined AM and PM Extended Care: $65/child per week
If you have an unforeseen circumstances and will be running late in the afternoon, please call ahead and we will place your child in Extended Care until you arrive. Hourly care is $10 per hour per child and must be paid in cash or check upon pick-up or drop-off.
Scholarships / Financial Aid
Limited scholarship funding is available. Please download and complete the Camp ShowBiz Scholarship Application. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line: CAMP SHOWBIZ SCHOLARSHIP. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 24, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
The registration portal will only allow to register if you can pay the full amount at this time. If you’d like to set up a personalized payment plan, please call the education office at 210-227-2751 x 300 to work with one of our staff members.