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!

ABT’s Academy for Young Performers Summer Camp classes are held Monday through Friday with a performance on Saturday following the final Friday class. Parents/Guardians are responsible for arranging daily transportation to and from the theatre for your child.  Parents/guardians must sign their child in/out every day. Please make every effort to have your child attend all camp dates. Partial attendance should be avoided whenever possible.

Summer 2022 Camps

Children, pre-teens, and teens can discover the world of theatre this summer at ABT’s Academy for Young Performers. Campers will attend the program from Monday to Friday for two weeks and will learn theatre warm-ups and games, audition for roles, and learn about staging, choreography, and music with professional artists as their instructors. Campers will 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.

Lunches are NOT included and will need to be provided by parents. Please do NOT include food that will need refrigeration as that cannot be guaranteed.

Register your young performer today!  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.

Kids Camp

Ages:  7-10

Camp Days:  Mon-Fri, June 6-17, 9 a.m.-1p.m.

Performance:  Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.


Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. 

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.

Director:  Renee Koher. Renee is originally from Chicago, IL, and has performed all over the world. She worked as a singer for Disney both in Tokyo and on Disney Cruise Line for over 6 years. She has been seen on the ABT stage in over 20 productions. Renee has her BFA in Musical Theater from The Hartt School and has been teaching voice and acting for the past 15 years. She is a certified NATS teacher. Renee recently directed ABT’s teen productions of Urinetown The Musical and Godspell.

Choreographer:  Alexia Lorch. Alexia is a local actor and teaching artist. You may have seen her recently on the ABT stage in Nunsense as Sister Mary Leo, the nun en pointe, or in the ensemble of Gypsy and Flashdance. She has taught and choreographed for youth all across The Valley and in Iowa. Alexia graduated from Creighton University where she learned to teach the Royal Academy of Dance training style. Alexia has been teaching on and off for about seven years through summer camps, dance classes, and acting as a choreographer for youth productions. She is looking forward to teaching at Arizona Broadway Theatre for the first time!

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Pre-Teens Camp

Ages:  11-13

Camp Days:  Mon-Fri, July 5-15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Performance:  Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.



The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars! Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Choreographer:  Lauran Stanis is excited to be back at ABT. Audiences may remember her choreography in last season’s production of Shout! Before arriving in Phoenix, she experienced life as a professional on the road. A graduate of Millikin University with a BFA in musical theatre and a minor in dance, Lauran danced her way across the country performing in regional theatres and on the national tour of Swing! Favorite roles include Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Lauran teaches dance full time at Metro Tech High School, has an MA in Dance Education from Northern Colorado, and just completed her MFA in Dance through Montclair State University.

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Teen Camp

Ages:  14-19

Camp Days:  Mon-Fri, July 18-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Performance:  Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.

Cost:  $350

In the tradition of Glee and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes Band Geeks, a celebration of the tribulations of the millions who have spent football halftimes pounding out Sousa-like renditions of “Maria.” Whether you were in the band, on the team, or in the stands, you’ll recognize the woes and revel in the fun of Band Geeks.

With just nine members and dwindling funds, the Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers are close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, Elliott, the tuba-playing band captain, and Laura, his best friend, must find a way to unite the band, embrace their inner geek, and save the Marching Beavers.

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For information, contact Education Director Stephen Hohendorf-Parnell at 623-374-6518.