Enjoy a summer of fun at SAAC, make some new friends and learn something new while you’re at it! The South Arkansas Arts Center is now registering students for all summer camps. Summer camps are sponsored by First Financial Bank.

BALLET CAMP IS FULL – Take a spin on the SAAC stage with “Adventures in Wonderland” ballet camp, June 4-8, with instructors Stephanie Lowrey and Melissa Spears. Grades 1-4 meet from 12:30-5:30pm., and grades 5-12 from 11:00-5:30pm. There will be an end of camp performance on Friday, June 8 at 6:00pm.  Registration deadline is May 30.

Art Camp is next on SAAC’s summer schedule June 11-15. “Extra Small, Extra Large, Extra Fun” for grades 1-8 with Mike Means, Maria Villegas and Jorge Villegas will meet from 8:00am-noon OR from 1:00-5:00pm. Jorge Villegas said about art camp, “Students will explore the world around us from little things too huge things, from the earth to the universe. Youngsters will draw and build imaginative 3-D objects and structures.” Maria added,” How do things look under the microscope? Have you ever seen nanoparticle? Kids will do it with paint, brushes and collage.” And Mike Means quipped, “We will be exploring inner space and outer space, using Photoshop to create fantastic landscapes, BIG or small.” Kids will be rotating classes through the three instructors each day. Registration deadline is June 6.

Movie Camp 1, “Adventure is Out There” with instructor Mike Means will run June 18-22. It is offered for grades 4-6 and will meet from 1:00-5:00pm. Means said “Adventure IS out there everywhere if you use your imagination! We will use our imaginations and have a great time at Movie Camp.” Registration deadline is June 13.

Movie Camp 2, “Short Films Start to Finish”, will be held June 25-29 for grades 7-12, 1:00-5:00pm. New instructor David Fort is a sophomore at Drexel University with a major in film and international politics. Fort explained, “Short Film Camp is an opportunity for students to learn the basics of the filmmaking process: script writing and formulating stories, how to operate a camera and the skills of production, and the basics of editing and special effects.” Registration deadline is June 20.

Go “All the Way OFF Broadway” this summer with Glee Camp, June 25-29, with Amy Allen and Josie Denson. Glee Camp is offered for grades 1-6 from 8:00am-noon and grades 7-12 from 1:00-5:00pm. “At glee camp the kids will learn many Broadway show tunes and about the musicals they are from”, said Denson. “They will also learn some techniques that will further their vocal abilities and we will challenge them to try more Broadway style dancing and acting while singing. On Friday at 6:00pm, we will have an exciting performance showcasing all they have learned!”
Registration deadline is June 20.

All camp fees are $110 for SAAC members and the out of town guests of current members, except for ballet camps, which are $130 for grades 1-4 and $140 for grades 5-12.  New and renewing students will require an additional $20 student membership, which is good for discounts on classes and programming for one full year at SAAC. Fees are non-refundable. Class sizes are limited & will be filled on a first come basis.

For more information about these camps or the Theatre Camp on July 23-27, contact the SAAC office for information, located at 110 5th Street, El Dorado, Arkansas, or call 870-862-5474. Registration deadline is July 11. You may also visit the website at www.saac-arts.org.