June 17 - August 2, 2024 Temple Theater

Event Details

Venue Temple Theater
Musical Theater Camp is for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2024.




Audition, Rehearse, and Perform a Musical in One Week!

Join us this summer for a week-long day camp where young artists can explore their talents and skills as musical theater actors in an original musical production. Each participant is guaranteed a role - assigned on the first day through an audition process - and will rehearse throughout the week.
Our professional scenic, lighting and costume designers, as well as our professional director and music director, will make sure each student is ready to take the stage with confidence when they perform for family and friends at the end of the week. And, don't worry. When students are not rehearsing, workshops, games, and other activities will help them increase their skills, make new friends, and have lots of fun, too!
No previous experience necessary; all experience levels welcome!
For students entering grades 3-8, fall 2024.


Six week-long sessions of MUSICAL THEATER CAMP will be offered. Each week repeats the same show.
Students are allowed to participate in one session only.
  • June 17-21
  • June 24-28
  • July 8-12
  • July 15-19 
  • July 22-26 
  • July 29-August 2
Hours: Camp begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM (Monday-Thursday) and from 9 AM until approximately 6:30 PM on Friday. Students may be dropped off in the morning between 8:45-9 AM. Students will be dismissed in the order signed out between 4 PM and 4:10 PM.
Final showcase: Friday at 5:30 PM on the Temple Theater stage. (Details for attending/viewing the showcase will be provided later.)
Location: Temple for the Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines with some instructional activities held at nearby locations within walking distance. Students may enter the building at 8:45 AM.
Before and After Camp Care is available when you register. Before care opens at 7:30 AM (Monday through Friday); After care ends promptly at 5:30 PM (Monday through Thursday).
Musical Theater Camp carries a registration fee of $305, which includes a daily snack; participants are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.
Families registering multiple participants receive a $20 discount on each additional child's registration. The first registration will be issued at the $305 fee, with additional children within the same household eligible for the discounted rate of $285.
Pay in full at time of registration or in four equal installments. (Payment plans only available for registrations received prior to March 10, 2024.)
We want to make sure that camp is accessible to all.
IMPORTANT: Please submit a scholarship application BEFORE registration opens to the public. 
  • A spot will be held for you until the scholarship committee can review applications. 
  • If you register AFTER public registration opens, your application will be reviewed if a spot becomes available.
Please complete the online SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION if financial assistance is needed to allow your student to participate. 
The following information is needed to complete the application form: 
  • Your contact information
  • Your average monthly household income
  • A Statement of Interest (preferably written by the student, and then UPLOADED as a PDF or Word document, OR, TYPED directly into the form). 
Scholarship funding is based on need and time of request and is awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Submitting this form does not guarantee a scholarship or a spot in any camp.
Questions: Contact Lynnae Lathrop at
NOTE: If you attended camp last summer on a School-to-Stage scholarship after being nominated by your school, please contact Miss Lynnae at
Due to the short time frame of the camp and the intense rehearsal schedule, participation in the culminating performance is dependent on full attendance throughout the week.
Missed rehearsals may necessitate that a participant give up all or part of his or her role for the success of the overall production.
Please clear your student's schedule of any appointments or conflicts for your selected week of camp.
Be sure to communicate with camp staff if an emergency arises.
Your participation is very important to the overall success of your selected camp, but we understand that summer plans sometimes change. In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit notice of your camp cancellation to or call 515-246-2360 to leave a message.
  • All refunds are subject to a $40 cancellation fee.
  • Written notice of cancellation must be received four weeks prior to the first date of the camp in order for a refund (minus the cancellation fee) to be issued.
  • If a cancellation is submitted less than four weeks prior to the camp start date, a refund minus the cancellation fee will only be issued if we are able to secure a new registration to fill the vacated spot.
  • Should camp be cancelled by DMPA, a full refund will be given.
Questions? Please contact our summer camp coordinator Lynnae at or leave a message at 515-246-2360.
Before and After Camp Care sessions are offered for an additional $6.00 fee per session which may be added during the registration payment process.
Already registered and need to add before and after camp care? Contact
  • Before Care begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 8:45 AM when the rest of the camp students begin to arrive.  Parents may drop off any time in between.
  • After Care begins as soon as camp dismisses and ends promptly at 5:30 PM. Parents may pick up any time before 5:30 PM.
  • The fee is $6 for each session, so $12 for a day of both Before and After Care. 
  • Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. We do not assign staff if no students are signed up.
  • Both Before and After Care attempt to meet the needs of the students who are there that day. Sometimes we play games or color, sometimes we listen to camp songs or rehearse lines, sometimes we just relax and chat.
More detailed information will be emailed 2-3 weeks prior to the opening day of camp.
MUSICAL THEATER CAMP is a week of rehearsals and activities that results in a final performance at the end of the week. Every student receives a role in the selected show.
  • Monday begins with camp staff welcoming students and preparing them for an audition later in the day.  Directors work hard to match roles to the skills that students demonstrate throughout the morning and to find roles that will engage them and challenge them.
  • It is our philosophy that every single part is very important to the telling of the story - the playwright created all roles for a reason, and it is our job to discover what each character's purpose is in the telling of the tale.
  • Each student comes home with a script and an assigned role on Monday evening; however, many feature solos and lines will still be assigned on the following days. 
  • Tuesday through Thursday, we learn the show and find engaging ways to rehearse. Students participate in workshops and theater activities to help them develop their characters, as well as do art projects, costume fittings, and activities related to the show.
  • We hope that the students come home each night excited about what they have learned and encourage you to let them sing to the music tracks and perform their choreography at home and any time they can.  This helps them learn their parts and builds their confidence.
  • Friday is performance day. It begins with dress rehearsal. Then the tech crews arrive for a full run of the show with lights and audio, followed by the performance in full costume for family and friends on the Temple Theater stage at 5:30 PM.
The entire week is full of friendship, energy, and learning.  We look forward to having your family join us in this week-long musical theater camp!
Our camp sessions often fill up quickly.
If your preferred session is full, please add your name and contact information to our wait list by clicking HERE and indicate your student's age and which session(s) you are interested in attending.
We will contact you if a space becomes available.

Registration Day Tips

Tip 1: Use this list of registration questions to prepare the needed information for registration day. Camps fill quickly, and you will want all the required information ready to go.
Tip 2:  Register and complete your camp purchase first.  Then add before/after care either at the end of the purchase process or add it later by contacting
Tip 3: Follow ALL the directions carefully, being sure to select the CORRECT AGE GROUP and pricing for your student.

Related Volunteer Opportunity

Know of a student in grades 9-12 who might be interested in volunteering to assist with Musical Theater Camp this summer?
Check out our SWING/CAMP COUNSELOR volunteer opportunity HERE!


For questions about camp content or structure, or if needing registration assistance, contact our camp manager Lynnae at or leave a message at 515-246-2360.

Event Details

Venue Temple Theater
Musical Theater Camp is for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall of 2024.
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