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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 2:30 am

With the temperatures rising and the school year quickly coming to a close, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer activities for kids. The Ahwatukee Children’s Theater offers the perfect solution for summertime fun with a variety of camps that are a great way to beat the heat while developing invaluable skills.

“It’s a great thing to do in the summer because it’s 110 outside and it’s 74 in the theater,” ATC executive director and founder Michele Rubino said. “It’s better than having your kids sitting around watching TV. They’re dancing, they’re singing, they’re meeting new people and getting life skills. I always say my June is great because I spend it in a nice, cold theater.”

Now in its 12th year, the Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT) has been offering summer programs since 2000. This year, ACT offers six different programs for a wide array of ages.

The biggest program involves putting on a production of “Cinderella.” The camp spans the month of June and is for kids in kindergarten all the way up to age 19. The kids practice Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., and perform the show at the Chandler Center for the Arts June 30 and July 1 — a first for ACT.

“We’re pretty excited about that one because it’s a really big venue,” Rubino said. “There’s 800 seats and it’s a real professional theater so it’s going to be a really exciting production for the kids.”

For the younger children, there are two shorter sessions where the children put on a production of “Flat Stanley, Jr.,” which is having its Arizona premiere in Ahwatukee. Based off the popular children’s book series, the story follows a flat little boy that can fit in an envelope and travel around the world.

“It’s really great because you get to learn about different cultures and there’s music from all the different countries in the musical,” Rubino said. “It’s brand new, and the Ahwatukee Children’s Theater is doing the premiere. I’m really excited about that.”

When it comes to children ages 3 to 5, the “Fairytale Camp” allows kids to dress up and recreate fairy tales every day, along with reading stories and making crafts. Rubino notes that it is a “great way to introduce drama to the little guys.”

There are also two camps that focus primarily on performance skills. There is a one-week intensive vocal camp, along with the “Auditioning Like A Pro” three-day workshop in July. The workshop aims to give everyone the tools they need to be successful at an audition, which includes working on a monologue, an audition song, doing a cold reading and a dance call.

The summer camps are not strictly limited to children, either. “Don’t ACT Your Age” allows adults to come in and put on a musical revue full of singing and dancing. Although it did not catch on well last year, Rubino hopes that more adults will participate this summer.

“I’m hoping to get some of the grown-ups to come in and play with us, too,” Rubino said. “I think that people think children’s theater, so they don’t think there’s going to be anything available for their age. Once in awhile we do like to get these adults involved as well.”

Rubino believes that everybody can benefit from some time in the theater. She references a statistic that says the No. 1 fear people have is speaking in public, and the No. 2 fear is death.

She believes that being in the theater can give people more confidence speaking in public, along with being comfortable in their own body.

“I think that nowadays it’s so hard to be who you are, and that’s one of the things that makes theater great because theater kids are very accepting,” Rubino said. “The confidence to be who they are, feel good about themselves, be able to stand in front of a group and give a speech or sing a song — those are tools that people don’t even develop as adults.

“Most importantly, I just want them to have fun,” Rubino said.

To learn more about Ahwatukee Children’s Theater and its summer offerings, visit or call (480) 705-9319.

• Patrick Ryan is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. He is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047,


Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit or call (480) 703-3302.


Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060,

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month., (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040,

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040,

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060,

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105,

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or