Enrolling your child in a creative arts camp might be the perfect opportunity for your budding award winner to grow with exciting and memorable summer. Studying the arts in D.C. keeps parents and their star-struck kids happy all summer, especially with the best theater classes and camps the area has to offer.

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Actors for Young People
5506 Talon Ct.
Fairfax, VA  22032
(703) 246-3725

Price: $285 per session
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Actors for Young People offers a little something for every age group. If your child is loves to act dance and sing, try the musical showcase. Talented directors Candice Cooper and Patrick Magill work with each camper. For budding actors, AYP boasts an advanced actors showcase created by the famous Lisa Nanni-Messegee who has held intensive acting camps in this area since 2008.

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Camp Arena Stage at Georgetown Visitation School
1524 35th St.N.W.
Washington, DC  20007
(202) 600-4064

Price: from $950 per week
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arena Stage’s fabulous camp covers the creative arts from choir to canvas to curtain calls. Campers may try hip-hop dance, rock band, show choir or musical theater. This camp is designed for children ages 8 to 15, based on the prestigious Charles River Creative Arts Program in Dover, Mass. More importantly, their low staff-to-camper ratio will make an enjoyable and unforgettable summer for all.

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Barrie Day Camp
13500 Layhill Rd.
Silver Spring, MD  20906
(301) 576-2816

Price: $445 per week/multi-week and camper discounts available
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Picturesque Barrie Day Camp is tucked away on 45 acres of wooded greenery, featuring a great selection of specialty camps. Consider the digital video theater or SummerStage for the best theatrical experience. Barrie camp counselors work hard to make sure each camper finds his or her inner star. Digital video theater is great for children who have a keen interest in animation and filmography. Campers learn about sound, lighting, pixilation and animation. Expect them to leave with a great grasp of acting concepts, auditioning techniques and improvisation.

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Lopez Studios
11425 – 100 Isaac Newton Sq.
Reston, VA  20910
(703) 787-0071

Price: $275 per week and up
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lopez Studios offers wonderful camps and classes for children ages 5 to 7. Campers who choose to try drama camp learn acting methods they’ll showcase in their own cabaret performance. These campers attend an exciting performance at Imagination Stage Theater as well. Serious teens interested in taking their theater experience to the next level should try the camp cabaret intensive or the teen intensive camp.

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Theatre Lab
733 8th St. N.W.
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 824-8449

Price: $275 and up
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Theatre Lab this summer as it celebrate its 20th anniversary. This Washington institution has trained thousands of campers in summer acting camps are designed for children ages 6 to 10. Courses are perfect for first-time acting students, but for the serious-minded actors and actresses, the elite programs for tweens, including the Summer Acting and Musical Theatre Institute, are perfect. These camps require an audition before acceptance as students receive above-average instruction from professional actors and directors daily.

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Carly Mannava is a freelance writer living in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.