My 13 year old daughter started in a Copperstar 2-week summer camp 2 years ago. This was her first real introduction to theater. I was amazed at how much she learned in such a short amount of time. They not only had time for fun games and learning all morning - they spent the 2nd half of the day rehearsing a show to performed at the end of the camp session. This included singing, full choreographed dance numbers and speaking lines. Every child had a part, none were excluded or left to entertain themselves at any point during the day. She was fully committed to theater from that point on. She has been in 4 Copperstar full-length productions since. She also takes dance classes at their new studios and loves it. The environment is nurturing--even with a challenging situation with a large cast of young children-I am consistently impressed with how well the directors maintain calm among the cast. If you are interested in community theater for yourself or your child, you should at least check out one of Copperstar's shows at The Mesa Arts Center - you will be pleasantly surprise by the professional level of talent and staging.
My 3 children had a wonderful experience at Copperstar's summer camp. They made great friends and were part of a production they were proud of! They worked hard and had fun. The teachers were fantastic. I would recommend Copperstar to anyone who is interested in musical theater. We will definitely come back for more shows and camps.
I have no idea what these other people were expecting. This is a scaled down show that is on stage in 2 weeks, everyone needs to be ready for a THEATER camp not a baby sitting service. For those who enjoy performing, these camps are ready made for honing those skills.
The instructors are proven professionals in their field and I have witnessed how well they teach kids. The expectation at Copperstar is no different than you find in a school. Listen to the teacher, pay attention and don't be disruptive. Since when is good behavior a negative thing?
Don't be fooled by a couple of disgruntled people looking for cheap baby sitting service. Copperstar has ALWAYS proven to me they act professionally and my daughter will go nowhere else.
Thanks Copperstar...keep the great shows rolling!!
I have no idea why so many people dislike the camps at copperstar. They are a great opportunity for kids to really understand how theatre is; it's not just some free for all daycare where kids can do whatever they want. I love copperstar and I wouldn't be where I am now without the help of Mary Jo. Everyone there is like a second family to me and I absolutely love being part of anything they put on. So, to those of you saying that the camps aren't good for your children because they can't do whatever that want to, you have to realize that we have a show to put together and it's not easy and it requires a lot of patience and focus. Again, I love copperstar with all my heart and I highly recommend this studio to anyone that loves theatre and understands how hard theatre really can be.
The adults at this camp would do well to remember that they are working with children, not professional, grown-up actors. My son loves to sing, it's all he does at home all day long and he has been longing to be in a show, so I thought he would enjoy Copperstar Repertory camp. I (mistakenly) assumed that because this was a "camp," because there was no audition and I was paying for my son to be entertained during school break that the emphasis would be on fun. I couldn't have been more wrong. The emphasis was all on the show, with the entertainment and happiness of the kids sacrificed for it. "Boot camp" would have been a much better description. I'm rather disgusted.
Review from Guidestar