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Academy for Young Performers

ABT Academy

ABT’s Academy for Young Performers provides children interested in the performing arts the opportunity to explore their creativity and expand their imagination. All classes focus on acting, music, and movement instruction. Classes are great for beginners but are also effective for those with theatre experience.

ABT’s Academy for Young Performers INSTILLS and INSPIRES young people to develop an appreciation for the performing arts through education and exploration of those theatre skills. Our qualified staff is excited to TEACH, MENTOR, and MONITOR our young performers during their time with us. We pride ourselves on NURTURING the creative minds and artistic thoughts of all young performers!

Children, pre-teens, and teens can discover the world of theatre this summer at ABT’s Academy for Young Performers. From Monday to Friday, for either one or two weeks, campers will learn theatre warm-ups and games, audition for roles, and learn about staging, choreography, and music with professional artists as their instructors. They will also get behind-the-scene experience as they create costumes, props, and sets, and all will receive a role in the production and perform on the Saturday following the last day of their camp.

ABT’s Youth Academy is a great way to help your child with working in groups, improving communication skills, promoting self-motivation and discipline as well as building confidence.


Finding Nemo Kids

  • Ages 9-12
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Performance Date: June 8th at 11am
  • Cost: $350
  • Daycare: Yes!
  • Show Description: Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.

  • Click here to register! Session A: June 3-June 7, 2024

Little Mermaid jr.

  • Ages 7-12
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Performance Date: June 29th at 9am
  • Cost: $450
  • Daycare: Yes!
  • Show Description: In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

  • Click here to register! Session B: June 17-June 28, 2024


  • Ages 13-16
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Performance Date: July 20th at 9am
  • Cost: $450
  • Daycare: No!
  • Show Description: Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!

  • Click here to register! Session C: July 8-July 19, 2024

james & the giant peach jr.

  • Ages 7-12
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Performance Date: August 3rd at 9am
  • Cost: $450
  • Daycare: Yes!
  • Show Description: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

  • Click here to register! Session D: July 22-August 2, 2024


ABT makes every effort to provide performing arts education and experiences to all interested children and teens, regardless of their ability to pay, and offers a select number of scholarships.

To apply for Scholarship Opportunities, please print out the paperwork and submit.
Deadline to apply for a scholarship: May 13, 2024

Return completed paperwork by mail or contact the Box Office: 

Academy for Young Performers Summer Camp
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85382

Fax to 623.776.9974, ATTN Box Office

 at the Box Office during regular business hours (7 Days of the Week, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Please contact our Education Director, Stephen Hohendorf at 623.776.8400 or by email.
“We are so pleased with the experience our daughter had at camp and we are really impressed by the team... and the amazing result at the end. It honestly doesn't compare to any other camps we've attended. Our daughter loved camp and is so excited for next year. We appreciated as parents how organized everything was, and knowing our daughter was having a meaningful experience. Our family enjoyed every minute of it.”
- Jennifer N.
"Thanks for an amazing experience! I was so impressed with the entire experience and our family was blown away by the performance that you all put together and how well all the kiddos did that day! [My daughter] can’t stop talking about it!”
- Katie Y.
“The course was excellently run, it was organized and professional, your team was always courteous and polite. A wonderful experience all around for us.”
-Teresa G.


Arizona Broadway Theatre will be looking for assistants a couple of months prior to the first summer camp week.  Please check back in April and May 2024 for more details.

If you’re 13 years or older, have a passion for theatre, and enjoy working with kids, ABT’s Academy for Young Performers has a summer opportunity for you!

Gain hands-on experience and valuable knowledge working alongside industry professionals as a teacher’s assistant for one of ABT’s four summer camps. Participation as a TA may lead to future opportunities within ABT’s Education department. Past TAs have gone on to hold positions within the company.
The ideal candidate has a positive go-getter attitude, works efficiently with others, and is organized and reliable.
Duties include:

Rehearsing with small groups
Being a positive and professional role model for all campers
Working backstage during the performance and lending support to teaching artists wherever needed.

Please check back on where to send resumes. Thank you!