The camps, which begin with the Primary camp running from Tuesday, May 31, to Saturday, June 4, show younger campers the "basics," while older campers learn more in-depth concepts of music theater beginning in July.
"We hire directors with professional experience and a lot of them are school teachers or have directed shows here at the Grand in the past," Cox said. "They all have degrees in the fine arts and we make sure we have people who just love kids, and we want it to be a very happy and positive experience for them."
The Primary camp is for students who have completed kindergarten and first grade, the Elementary camp is for those who have completed second through fourth grade, the Middle School camp is for students who have completed fifth, sixth and seventh grade and the Senior High camp is for students who have completed grades seven through 12. The price of the camps range from $100 to $325.
Cox said there are five spaces available for the Middle School camp and five available for the Senior High camp, and registration will last until the day before camps start or until there is no space available. The Elementary camp and Middle School camp begin in early June and the High School camp begins in early July.
She said the experience creates opportunities for campers to make new friends and to feel accomplished.
"One of the things that the children love is the attachment and friendships they enjoy because they're all in it together," Cox said, "and they're in a group with new people they might never come in contact with otherwise because we have kids from all across Bartow and even students from other places come to our camps. They'll make a lot of new friends, they'll really feel proud of their accomplishments and they'll get to be a star for a few minutes, and I think they enjoy that."
At the end of each camp is a performance, open to the public, based on the concepts taught during the individual camp.
"Most [campers] say on their [end-of-camp] evaluation. ... their favorite thing is the performance at the end and getting to show everyone what they learned," Cox said.
The Senior High camp performance will be a full Broadway show titled "Crazy For You."
"['Crazy For You'] is kind of a newer [show], but the music is all George Gershwin," Cox said. "['Crazy For You'] comes from an old movie called 'Girl Crazy' and they've made it into a Broadway show. It's about a guy who wants to make it on Broadway, his mother wants him to go into the banking business, so she sends him out to foreclose on an old theater and of course he ends up saving the theater, so it's just got a really cute plot."
She said campers not only learn theater skills, but life skills as well.
"The kids get comfortable performing in front of other people, they get confidence in themselves and what they do, and that translates into many true-life situations not on the stage, like participating in classroom activities, presenting projects at school, when they go on a job interview. ... Whatever else they're involved in, they can use a lot of the skills they learned in everyday life."
For more details, visit www.thegrandtheatre.org and click on the Summer Camp tab or call Cox at 770-386-7343.