Summer Camp FAQs
What will my child be doing at theater camp?
Desert Foothills Theater is proud of our high quality and popular summer theater programs. We offer a range of camps for creative young people ages three to 25. Each camp has a different focus and theme and are uniquely designed for a variety of experience levels.
Full-Day Sample Daily Camp Schedule:
The schedule is subject to changes during the week to accommodate rehearsals for our show.
9:00 a.m. Camp Begins (Arrive between 8:45 and 9:00am)
9:00am – 9:15am All Camp Warm-Ups
9:15am – 10:15 am Vocal Work/Group Numbers
10:20am – 11:20am Session I
11:25am. - 12:25pm Session II
1pm-2p.m. Session III
2pm - 2:50pm Session IV
2:50pm-3:00pm Camp Wrap Up
3:00 Camp Ends - Campers Picked Up
Do students bring lunch?
Students in all-day camps will need a sack lunch daily. There will not be access to a refrigerator or microwave.
Please send water with your student each day. We provide opportunities for students to refill water bottles throughout the day. Make sure all items are clearly labeled with your student’s name.
What should my child wear to camp?
Theater camp is very active! Please make sure that your child is dressed to play and move. Closed-toe shoes are a must – no flip flops! (Dance shoes are acceptable but not necessary.) Comfortable clothing that allows movement (no revealing clothing.)
Our campers also help make props and paint sets. Please include a button-down shirt in their bag for them to wear when painting to keep clothes clean.
Sometimes we ask for campers to provide a costume piece or two. Please make sure you clearly mark anything they bring in so we can be sure to return it to you after the performance.
Do not have your child wear or bring anything valuable to camp. Desert Foothills Theater is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Who will my child’s teachers be?
All of our teachers are professional actors and/or teaching artists with Desert Foothills Theater. Our teachers are selected for their impressive resumes, but more importantly their ability to work with and instruct children. All Camp Staff employed by Desert Foothills Theater have undergone a fingerprint background check as part of an extensive screening process.
We also have experienced, qualified camp counselors--all of whom have participated in the camp themselves. They are actively involved in theater through their schools and Desert Foothills Theater and they are excellent at helping our campers get the most fun out of camp. Camp Counselors must be at least 16 years old and have been selected from a very large group of outstanding applicants. Counselors go through training and are on staff to assist the teachers with all aspects of camp.
What if my child needs to miss all or part of a camp?
Please make every effort to be at camp every day and on time. Once the main rehearsal process begins, it is very difficult to work around actors and there is little time to re-teach or re-block sections that are missed. Each day campers learn choreography, songs and blocking. They get time to practice with others and are sorely missed when they are not present. We do not offer refunds, so please be sure to check vacation schedules before registering for class. Of course, in the case of illness, please keep your child at home and inform the Camp Director and/or the Education Coordinator promptly of your student’s absence.
What is the Drop-off and Pick-up procedure?
All students are dropped off and picked up inside the front entrance of the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center. Each day students must be signed in by a parent or guardian. Parents can opt to have older children sign themselves out OR have other adults pick up after the first day of camp by signing the appropriate form in your Camp Registration Packet.
Please bring your camp registration materials completely filled out on your first day of camp and turn in at the check-in desk when signing in your child. Students can start arriving for camp by 8:45am –there will be NO counselors or instructors available to watch campers before that time.
Please ensure that your child is picked up at the end of camp. We have no staff available to stay with children after that time.
Please notify the Camp Director and/or Education Coordinator of any concerns with drop-off or pick-up.
Will students be outside during the day?
All class activities as well as lunches will take place indoors.
Do you offer scholarships?
Through the generosity of our donors, Desert Foothills Theater does offer scholarships to those families that demonstrate financial need and a desire to participate in our programs. Please fill out the application HERE and turn it in to Cedric Knuth at DFTEducation@azfcf.org no later than May 1st, 2017 to be considered for a scholarship.
All scholarship awards will be determined and notification sent via email by May 15, 2017. Your acceptance for the dates of camp and scholarship money is due by May 30, 2017 or your scholarship will be awarded to another student.
What is your policy regarding medication?
Desert Foothills Theater is unable to administer any type of medication to program participants, including epi-pens. If a student requires medication, a parent or guardian is welcome to come to the camp to administer the medication themselves. For those students with epi-pens, Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay in camp during the camp day should the need for administering the epi-pen arise.
Will there be a performance at the end of the week?
All of our camps have a performance at the end of the week. Check the camp registration information for details.
If you have any further questions or have special concerns that you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact our Education Coordinator, Cedric Knuth.