Elementary & Middle

High School

  • Legally Blonde, Jr. – Musical Theatre MasterCamp
  • The Acting Studio for Young Actors
  • Adventures in Visual Arts
  • Comic, Character, Creation
  • Sculpture & Art Installation for Teens
  • Rhythm and Moves
  • The Courageous Performer
  • Book Arts
  • Hand Sewing: A Community Quilt
  • Intro to Drawing
  • Do It Yourself Recording Studio
  • Private Instruction



Legally Blonde, Jr. – Musical Theatre MasterCamp

Ages 12 – 18
July 6 – July 24
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $540

The third session of camp is celebrating its third exciting year! Camp three is our three week MasterCamp. We wanted to offer our older campers an extra week for master classes leading up to the two weeks following when we will mount the show. At this camp, the kids will have a week of intensive classes in improv, musical theatre dance, voice, character development, acting, and auditioning. This week prepares them for the second week when they will audition for the show. There will be more than one performance that you and your family will be able to attend. This is a great opportunity for young actors

About the Show

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde JR., follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Adapted for younger performers and based on the popular movie, this show features an upbeat original score that’s sure to leave cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!

When Elle’s high school boyfriend Warner dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive – in fact, law may be her natural calling after all as she quickly begins outsmarting her peers.

The Acting Studios for Young Actors

Ages 14 – 18
January 26 – March 16
Mondays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Susan McCain
Cost $150

This class follows legendary Lee Strasberg’s design, beginning with Sensory work – the heart of the method – followed by monologue and character development.

Comic, Character, Creation

Ages 10 – 14
January 14 -  March 18
Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Andy Jordan
Cost $160

Learn the basics of cartooning and rendering characters of a wide variety, from caricatures to comic books. Students will learn to recreate existing characters and design from their own imagination and bring a new character to life. Price includes materials.

Adventures in Visual Art

Ages 12 – 16
January 15 – March 19
Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Carrie McGrann
Cost $180

Students will experiment with a variety of visual arts genres – drawing, painting, mixed media and mosaics.  Price includes materials.

Sculpture and Art Installation for Teens

Ages 13 – 18
January 26 – March 16
Mondays 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Sarah Heath
Cost $160

Students will spend their weeks creating 3-D works and art installations using found and everyday objects.  Each student will work with Sarah to create their own personal installment as well as group projects.

Rhythm and Moves

Ages 16 – Adult
Section A:  January 12 – April 13
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Section B: January 15 – March 19
Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Teaching Artist: Ashley Booker
Cost $160

This fun and unconventional adult dance class will contain a colorful blend of styles influenced by street dance, new style and popular music. Lively choreography will be taught during each class, then danced a few times through with all the style and flavor you can muster!

The Courageous Performer

Ages 16 – Adult
January 14 – April 8
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Dennis McLernon
Cost $100

Students will learn an acting process that allows them to reveal self through trust and ensemble building.

Book Arts

Ages 16 – Adult
January 14 – February 18
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $150 + Materials

A book can be more than a vehicle for stories. It is a tactile conduit of creativity between the maker and the user. Participants in this Book Arts class will utilize a variety of methods to create a few personalized, hand-sewn blank books. We will also discuss how to craft, bind and ornament art books to fit the use or user: gardening journals, cookbooks, albums, poetry folios, sketchbooks and more.

Hand Sewing: A Community Quilt

Ages 16 – Adult
January 15 – March 19
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Lillis Taylor
Cost $200 + Materials

This quilting class is for beginners and veterans alike, and fuses research, technique and composition into a richly pieced experience. Students will practice different sewing techniques, while learning about quilting traditions rooted in Alabama to contemporary quilters who are redefining the boundaries of the medium. The class will then combine the squares into a finished quilt. No sewing experience is necessary!

Intro to Drawing

Ages 16 – Adult
January 14 – March 18
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Tym Davis
Cost $200 + Materials

Intro to Drawing introduces students to a variety of classic drawing materials and techniques. Projects include sketching, still life drawing, drawing from nature, portraiture and cartooning. Full of one-on-one attention, this course offers opportunities for improvement at any skill level.

Do It Yourself Recording Studio

January 26 – March 23
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Emanual Ellinas
Cost $200

The DIY Recording class will focus on making the very best recordings with whatever equipment you have! A program on a phone or tablet, a laptop or even an old cassette deck will do! Each student will be able to bring in the setup and learn the most efficient way to obtain the very best studio recording possible.

Private Instruction

ArtPlay is pleased to offer private instruction in a variety of instruments and artistic disciplines through partnerships with local instructors and music organizations. Lessons range from 30 – 60 minute increments depending on the age and preference of the student. Each instructor is available at varying times throughout the week. Current Teacher Roster: Emanual Ellinas, percussion  Carlos Pino, guitar Patricia Billups, piano Diane McNaron, voice David Roby, acting and Susan McCain, acting.   Partnership with the UAB Department of Music Through a partnership with the UAB Department of Music, ArtPlay is able to offer additional private instruction in trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, euphonium, French horn, piano, guitar, and voice. Instructors in this program are UAB students extensively trained in music education and performance in the instrument they will teach. These students will be advised and guided by UAB Department of Music faculty. For instructional fees, teacher availability and more information please call ArtPlay.