Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) has a dozen different ways to celebrate summer on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. A not-for-profit professional theater company founded in Miramar Beach, Florida in 2012, ECTC has launched its 2017 summer theater camps series expanded to 12 offerings enabling it to reach even more kids of all ages. “The success of our educational outreach program has clearly shown that Emerald Coast kids have been bitten by the theater bug,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We’re excited to build on this momentum with a range of exciting theater camps in various locations so children from across Northwest Florida may experience the joy of theater.” ECTC’s fifth annual children’s theater summer series to feature a 12 different education classes/workshops. Dates and locations are as follows: ECTC’s Summer On Stage offers theater camps for ages 4 through high school. “Little Rascals” is a one-week half-day camp for ages 4-6, One week full day camps include Camp Showtime and the production camp of Treasure Island for grades 2-8, Disney’s Cinderella Kids is the three-week full-day musical theater camp, and it also offers the workshops of Theatre for Young Audiences, So You Want to do Shakespeare, and The Freedom of Improvisation for grades 6-12. ECTC Camps run different weeks from June 5 through July 29, Tuition is from $130 per person for “Little Rascals” to $425 for the Musical Theatre Camp plus a $25 registration fee. Payment plans, military, sibling, and multi-camp discounts and scholarships are available. Register before May 1, 2017 and save $20 per child. “Experience and training in theater can improve students' communication, critical thinking, and team-based skills,” Fisher said. “Our Summer Theatre Camp is the perfect place to learn with friends old and new while having fun.” “Little Rascals: Lion King Them” Bayou Arts Center, Santa Rosa Beach June 5-9, 9 a.m. to noon Tuition $130. “Little Rascals: Pirates and Princesses” Bayou Arts Center, Santa Rosa Beach June 12-16, 9 a.m. to noon Tuition $130. “Little Rascals: The Frozen Snow Queen and Friends” Bayou Arts Center, Santa Rosa Beach July 10-14, 9 a.m. to noon Tuition $130. “Little Rascals: Hawaiian Mauna Theme” Bayou Arts Center, Santa Rosa Beach July 24-28, 9 a.m. to noon Tuition $130. Children ages 4-6 will have the opportunity to explore acting, singing and movement in an energetic, nurturing environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. Children will prepare material throughout the week that will be presented to parents on the final day of the class. Bring water and a snack each day. “Treasure Island” ECTC at Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach June 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Extended drop off/pick up available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) Tuition $170. Gulf Coast State College, Panama City July 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended drop off/pick up available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition $170. Ahoy, me hearties! Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is adapted just for your child’s summer adventure. Long John Silver and his talking parrot welcome all second through eighth graders to join their pirate crew. Bring a water, snack and lunch each day and join your children for a final performance on the last day of camp. Camp Showtime Seaside Neighborhood School, Santa Rosa Beach June 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended drop off/pick up available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition $150. Gulf Coast State College, Panama City July 24-28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; extended drop off/pick up available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition $150. Calling all second through eighth graders, to let the rhythm get you! Come act, sing, and dance your heart out to popular Broadway tunes as we learn songs and simple choreography to some of the most popular musical numbers in show business. Play theater games and watch some classic musicals on film. Watch out parents we’ll surely wow you with a performance the last day of camp. Bring a water, snack and a lunch each day. Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” Musical Theater Camp (3rd through 9th grade) Arnold High School Theater, Panama City Beach June 12-July 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (skipping Saturday and Sunday); extended drop off/pick up available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuition $425 (payments available). Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” Musical Theater Camp (3rd through 9th grade) ECTC at Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach July 10-29 from 9am-3pm (skipping Saturday and Sunday) *extended drop off/pick up available from 8am-4pm Tuition $425 (payments available). This three-week camp gives ECTC instructors time with your young thespian to train them even more with stage presence, acting techniques and theater games. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends — and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother — Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love! Final performances the Friday evening and Saturday morning of the last week of camp. Bring a water, snack and a lunch each day. Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Middle/High School Workshop ECTC at Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach June 11-16 Sunday, 2-6 p.m.; Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday June 17 at 10 a.m. (Possible performances July 14.) Tuition $150. Learn the physical and vocal acting techniques needed to keep a large audience of children engaged for a 45 to 60-minute production as you work alongside current ECTC Theatre for Young Audiences actors. Work with the talented ECTC director/professional teaching artist Darla Briganti on the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production of “Peter Pan.” This camp culminates in a public performance for children. (Limited spots available.) Bring a water and snack for half-day classes and a water, snack and a lunch for full-day classes. So, You Wanna Do Shakespeare? — Middle/High School Workshop ECTC at Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach June 19-21 Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuition $150. In this workshop kids will discover the keys to unlocking Shakespeare’s works. The answers to performing Shakespeare are hidden within the works themselves, and half of the fun of Shakespeare is hunting for those answers. In this workshop we will tackle some of his most beautiful poetry and sonnets. Apply the discoveries you make during this camp to any of Shakespeare’s works. The camp will end with a public performance. Bring a water, snack and lunch each day. The Freedom of Improvisation Middle School/High School Workshop ECTC at Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach June 26-28, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuition $150. The idea of “improvisation” is often surrounded with a lot of mystery. Why do we do it? Why are some people better at it than others? Does it really help you become a better actor? In this workshop through a series of exercises and games we will explore how improvisation can be a great tool to take your acting to a whole new level. Along the way we will discover that improvisation can be beneficial and enjoyable for everyone. For the full schedule, more information and to register, call (850) 684-0323 or go to www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school and home-school programs, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on thought provoking productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults. Download ECTC Summer Flyer!