Summer Arts & Entertainment

By Beverly Terry

Whether you stay in Salt Lake, or head north or south, there’s plenty of local community theatre, children’s summer arts camps, and things to see and do this summer.
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Whether you stay in Salt Lake, or head north or south, there’s plenty of local community theatre, children’s summer arts camps, and things to see and do this summer.
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Utah Children’s Theater (UCT)
UCT has a number of week long summer camps for kids ages 4-12 who love to perform, including pirates, fairies, heroes/ villains, and a Frozen-themed tea party. Prices vary from $99-$150
May 1-30: Follow Winnie the Pooh and his friends on an adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood ($14).
Utah Childrens Theatre
3605 S. State St.

Plan B Theatre

Presenting “Ruff”… a “tail” of two shelter dogs, and what’s possible when dogs (and their people) learn to see past stereotypes and summon courage to be the best they can be.
Intermountain Therapy Animals will have dogs present at each performance.

August 6-9, 2015

Show length is 30 minutes
Plan B Theatre
138 W 300 S
SLC, UT 84101
Note: The director of RUFF is incoming CCNS parent, Jerry Rapier

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

UMOCA hosts a free “Family Art Second Saturday” from 2pm-4pm.   
May 9, 2-4pm: The Milk Dragon – Create original dragon stories and sculptures from reclaimed junk.
June 13, 2-4pm: Pop-Up Portraits – Learn how to transform a 2D paper portrait into a dynamic 3D sculpture.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art 20 S. West Temple SLC, UT

Utah Symphony moves to Deer Valley in Park City during the summer.
Take a picnic and listen on the lawn.

Gifted Music School
The Gifted Music School is a music academy for children ages 3-18, offering beginning music classes on most instruments and a children’s choir for ages 4-17.
150 S. 10th East Suite 200 SLC, UT 

Tanner Dance and Children’s Dance Theatre
University of Utah children’s creative dance programs are housed in the new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. Classes are taught for children ages 2 to 18.
During the summer they offer numerous weekly dance camps and a 3-6 week summer dance program for all ages.
Tanner Dance and Children’s Dance Theatre
1721 Center Campus Drive, Salt Lake City,

Hale Center Theater
June 27, July 11, July 18: This summer Hale Theatre will produce Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” with three dates for children age 3 -5 (quickly selling out). There are many dates for children above age 5 to adults. 
Hale Center Theater
3333 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, UT 84119
Tickets: $32 -$35

Utah Film Center
Sept. 25-27, 2015: The “Tumbleweeds” film festival for children is back for its 5th anniversary this fall. These are modern award winning films for children presented free, usually at the SLC Library.  
122 S. Main
Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater in Logan, UT
July 8-August 8, 2015: It’s always “a few degrees cooler” in Logan during the hot Utah summer. But you can also check out these family-friendly operas and musicals: “Man of La Mancha” and “Carousel”
59 S. 100 W.
Logan, UT 84321

Pioneer Theatre Company
Playing now is the “The Music Man” (May 1-16) 
University of Utah Campus

Utah Arts Festival downtown SLC
June 25-28 includes artist booths, a Children’s Art Yard for hands on projects, a 3-D interactive pavement artist, street theatre, numerous musicians and dance companies live and free with entrance fee. Children under 12 are free.

Children’s Ballet Theatre offers ballet for ages 2-18
“A Bug’s Ball” on May 30th is a performance of pre-ballet children at the Marriott Center for Dance University of Utah

Springville Museum of Art    
The Spring Salon of juried Utah artists runs from April 15thto July 3rd. Their Children’s Art Festival is June 12 from 10am to 2pm with face painting, balloon animals, sidewalk art, storytelling booths, etc.
126 E. 400 S.
Springville, UT (just south of Provo)

Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre
Sit on the lawn and enjoy family-friendly summer musicals
Mary Poppins, June 5-20 ($10-$16)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, July 2-18. ($10-$16)
Orem, UT

Visual Art Institute
Hosts a summer camp art classes for children ages 5-12: Hogle Zoo Art Camp and Wheeler Farm Art Camp (learn to draw animals)
Colorblast Camp (explore color)
2901 S. Highland Drive, SLC, UT

Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Enjoy the crimson cliffs and starry skies outside in the amphitheater while watching family musicals.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (May 29-October 17)
Disney’s “When You Wish” (June 5-Ocrober 16)
(Tickets: $22-$69)
Near St. George, UT

Cottonwood Heights Community Arts Council
“Shrek” July 25, 27, 30-Aug 1st at Butler Middle School
7530 S. 2700 E. SLC, UT

BYU Pardoe Drama Theatre
Presenting Shannon Hale’s “Princess Academy,” for children who love that book, this is the place to go.
May 29–30, June 4–6, 10–13 (7pm)
Saturday matinees May 30, June 4, 6, 12, 13 (2pm)

University of Utah Youth Theatre
Summer Sessions
Dramatic Discoveries: K-3rd Grade, August 3-14 from 9am-12pm ($310)
Pre-Teen: 3rd-7th Grade, June 8 -26 from 9:00 – 3:30 ($598)
There is also a teen session.
All sessions include numerous dramatic/musical/make-up activities with a performance at the end.