Camp faq's

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In the summer, we have 5-day theatre camps each week starting the day after Memorial Day and ending mid-August.  We also have many specialty summer camps to choose from each week, like dance, musical theatre, filmmaking, and magic.  All of our classes are divided strictly by age—level 1 is for 5-7 year olds, level 2 is for 8-10 year olds, level 3 is for 11+ year olds, and preschool level is for 3 & 4 year olds.

Preschool summer camps are 9am-12pm Monday through Friday, with a performance on Friday at 11:30.  All other camps are 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.  Performances begin each Friday at 4pm.  Before and After Care is available 8am-6pm for an additional charge.  There is no After Care on Friday due to performances.

Register by visiting our website, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org/store/camps.  You can also enroll by calling 405.606.7003.  You may also print an enrollment form from our website and fax or mail it to our office, but it’s a good idea to call first and check the availability of the camps that you’re interested in to make sure they’re not yet full.  Full payment is required to reserve spots in camps and classes.

Absolutely.  We have waiting lists for all camps that fill.  Just ask!

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, check, or cash.  We must have payment before your spot can be saved in a class or camp.

There are no extra required fees outside of your tuition payment.  For camps, parents will have the option of purchasing a Camp Store Card for their camper to spend at the camp store, and we will also have an optional $5 pizza or hot dog party on each Friday of camp.  Before and Aftercare (8am-6pm) is also available for an extra cha

We realize child care can be a big cost, so we are happy to offer an Easy Payment Plan option for tuition balances $500.00 and over. Whether you enroll online, in person, or by phone, you'll be presented with an option to pay in full, or pay a 25% deposit and schedule convenient payments in the future. The full balance due 14 days before the first class starts or else cancellations may apply, and regular class change and refund policies still apply.

Our classes and camps fill very quickly, so full payment is required in order to reserve spots.

Our building and grounds are patrolled by the Oklahoma City University Police Department.  The OCUPD is also our first responder in case of emergencies.  We have surveillance cameras installed at the front and back doors of our building, and our outside play area is monitored by no less than two teachers.  All of our teachers and assistants must clear an OSBI Criminal History Background Check, an Oklahoma DOC Sex Offender Check, and an Oklahoma DOC Violent Offender Check before they are allowed to work.  Also, we always have a teacher or staff person on duty that is certified in CPR.  We use a numerical code systems for checking out campers.  Adults picking up children must provide an assigned numerical code in order check out their child. If you have additional questions about safety and security, please call the office.

Our preschool class limit is 10-12 students with one teacher and one assistant teacher.
Our class limit is 15-20 with one teacher and one assistant teacher.  If a 5-7 year old class fills with more than 16, they will have an additional assistant placed with the class.

Our teachers are local professionals in their fields or upperclassmen OCU theatre, musical theatre, or education students, and all have teaching experience.  Our assistants are Oklahoma City University theatre students, and some are veteran students of OCT themselves.  

In order to enroll in the level 1 (5-7 year old) class, your child must have their 5th birthday before or during the camp dates for which you are registering.  Likewise for the 8-10 class, your child must have their 8th birthday before or during the camp dates for which you are registering.

Not at all!  All of our classes welcome beginners.  At the same time, no two classes are exactly alike, so campers can take multiple classes and camps and always have new experiences.  The only camps that require previous experience are our two and three week production camps in the summer which also require an audition.

Yes!  All of our camps and classes end in a performance.  Our semester classes will have performances following their last class, and all camps have performances on the Friday of camp. Magic campers perform their magic tricks in a magic show, dance campers perform their dance numbers, theatre campers perform the plays they’ve developed, and so on.  Performances begin at 4pm on Fridays and all family and friends are welcome free of charge.  The only exceptions are for our Filmmaking and Video Game Design camps, which do not have a performance but have a final screening of their film or a showcase of their video game design work.

At Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, we focus on teaching self-expression and the process of theatre and acting; we keep performance pressure at very low priority.  We encourage all of our campers to express themselves in their own way, whether that is acting, designing costumes, helping backstage, or any other interest in theatre arts that your child may have.  Our teachers are very understanding, comforting, and reassuring, and while we will encourage all campers to express themselves, no camper is forced to do anything that would make them uncomfortable.

Our camps and classes are Kids Only.  We’ve found that our students and teachers are more at ease when they don’t feel the pressure to perform for parents and onlookers.  Our summer camp teachers submit daily camp reports Monday through Thursday that detail the activities of their classes.  If you’d like to talk about what your child’s class is up to, please call our camp director at 405/606-7003.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre staff and teachers do our best to ensure that all of our campers have an enjoyable experience, regardless of their experience level, age, ability, or interest.  We do not offer refunds after a camp has begun, but we can offer you a receipt that will allow you to claim the unused portion of your tuition as a tax deductable donation.  You can receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee per camp if you withdraw from camp more than 14 days prior to the camp beginning.

We are located on campus at Oklahoma City University, just off of 23rd street between Penn and Classen.  Our main facility is the Children’s Center for the Arts building, and classes also take place in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center, the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, the Kramer Nursing School building, and Wesley United Methodist Church building.  Our campers are always chaperoned by a teacher and/or assistant.

Classes: If you child receives a script as part of their class, please bring it to each class until they have all their lines memorized or until the teacher is done with script work.

Camp: Each day campers will need two snacks, a sack lunch, and drinks for the day.  You can pack all of these, or you can pack a sack lunch and purchase a Camp Store Card that your camper can use to buy snacks at the camp store.

Both: Unless specifically asked by a teacher, all costumes and props are provided by OCT.

We know parents have lots of questions, and we’re here to answer them!  Our Parent Packet may answer many of your questions and can be found online HERE.  You can also call (405) 606-7003 and speak to a Children’s Theatre staff person that can help you with any questions you may have.