The summer camp classes at Carrollwood Cultural Center are as varied as the campers themselves.
For the convenience of working moms and dads, the Center offers early morning care beginning at 7:30 a.m. and extended care through 5:30 p.m.
With children ranging from ages 4 to 15, students participate in array of classes that change weekly with a circus theme.
Up the stairs and to the left, students learn the intricacies of magic including rings and rope tricks under the careful instruction of teacher Mark Byrne.
In another classroom, Dean Mackey shows students how to design custom paper airplanes, and they are eager to test their creations from the upstairs balcony.
In the spacious theater, Mary Jo Hahn, musical director, and instructors Craig Hartfield and Teil Guilford teach the young stars of Broadway Bound blocking and dance moves on stage for the upcoming production of G2K Once Upon a Mattress. The show is a based upon the Princess and the Pea and is adapted for youth performers. Shows will be on July 28 at 7 p.m. and July 29 at 2 p.m.
Third-year actress and Once Upon a Mattress queen Brianna Wyer, 11, explained why she kept returning to the program: “It’s a lot of fun because we learn different methods about acting.”
Upcoming classes include cartoon drawing of superheroes, a part-two class for paper airplanes and an art class using charcoal, ink, watercolor and acrylic paint and Broadway Bound.
Eleven-year-old actress Avery Hall plans to continue the theater program through high school. “We play games and learn new things," Hall said. "It really helps me grow in my acting because I want to be on Broadway when I grow up.”
Learn more about the circus summer camp at carrollwoodcenter.org