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CAMP STARQUEST

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This is the camp for your child if they want to step into the spotlight.

Camp StarQuest is for campers entering grades 3rd through 9th.

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A four-week Musical Theater & Performing Arts Intensive Program that teaches the fundamentals of theater, music, and dance – all in the process of creating a fully-staged production of a hit musical.  Join us as we fuse a traditional summer camp philosophy with a top-notch performing arts program designed to keep our campers invigorated, engaged, challenged, and happy! Our specialty staff is made up of theater professionals ready to ensure our campers shine from the inside out.

  • Daily Mindful Meditation

  • Themed dress-up days

  • Full stage production

  • Battle of the Stars competition

TESTIMONIALS

He is definitely a JPAS kid! I know the pandemic has been so hard for you all, but it’s been so great for him. He’s seriously having the BEST summer.

Thank you for providing a place for Addie to grow and SHINE.  In the weeks leading up to her Bat Mitzvah, I wasn’t sure how she would do on the bimah. I was blown away at her first rehearsal! Her voice was clear, strong and she and owning the room. This was a direct result of all her time with StarQuest/JPAS.

Alyssa has been enjoying middle school and has gotten involved with student council and the school’s musical. Alyssa displays so much confidence when speaking, presenting, making new friends and especially recently when she auditioned for her school’s musical. She attributes her confidence to her experiences in Camp Star Quest and JPAS. She is even writing a memoir about Camp Star Quest for her English class.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

8:45 – 9:00 AM     Campers Arrive

9:05    POW- WOW (At the Creative Tree)

9:30    Specialty Activity One – Acting, Dance, Voice

10:20    Specialty Activity Two – Acting, Dance, Voice

11:10    Specialty Activity Three – Acting, Dance Voice

12:00    Lunch & Creative Time

12:50    Daily Group Meditation

1:00    Rehearsals

3:45 – 4:00 PM      Carpool & After Care

Alise Robinson, Performing Arts Camp Director

Pioneered JPAS into one of Dallas’ top year-round educational and performance-based programs for children and teenagers.

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Alise Robinson brings more than 20 years of experience working with youth in a variety of facets including producing children’s musical productions, coaching youth in mindfulness and empowerment, teaching preschool, creating awarding-winning toy lines and consumer goods, licensing children’s entertainment and developing and branding children’s intellectual properties. Her accomplishments include JPAS receiving “best theater classes for aspiring actors” in Dallas Child Magazine, being named one of License! Magazine’s “top 40 under 40” licensing executives, she authored the children’s book series “Space Craze” and has won more than 45 prestigious national toy design and production awards. Alise has also appeared on national and international television as a spokesperson for a variety of brands including ELLE magazine. The common thread throughout Alise’s career has been her dedication to making a positive impact on children’s lives. Her quest to combine her love of working with children together with her branding expertise, on-camera experience and passion for theatre has led Alise to spearhead the J Performing Arts Space and to pioneer Camp StarQuest and Camp StarPower, one of Dallas’ most sought-after musical theater and performing arts camps

Linda Leonard – Performance Director & Choreographer

Skylar Duvall – Dance Specialist

Jennifer Patton – Acting Specialist

Kristin Spires – Voice Specialist & Music Director

Taylor Baxter – General Counselor

Taylor has been involved in theatre in the DFW area for the past 8 years. You may have seen her performing in productions at the Firehouse Theatre, Theatre Too, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. As well as performing, Taylor has had the privilege of choreographing for the Firehouse Theatre’s JR productions, and teaching dance and theatre camps at KD Conservatory and Heights Recreation Center. Taylor graduated from Richardson High School’s Theatre Arts program in 2020 and is currently living in New York City pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College. The JCC holds a special place in Taylor’s heart as she performed in one of her very first shows here (Guys and Dolls Jr.) so she can’t wait to be back!

Morgan Draper – General Counselor

Morgan has been performing since she was ten years old. Morgan is originally from Port Charlotte, FL. Getting accepted as a Finance major, she attended the University of Florida for two years. During that time at UF, she realized Theatre was what she professionally wanted to pursue. Morgan is currently pursuing a BFA in Theatre: Acting and a Minor in Psychology at Southern Methodist University. She will be a junior at SMU this August.

Sophia Hensen – General Counselor

Sophia is currently going into her senior year at Lake Highlands Highschool. She was a counselor at StarQuest last year and has also done a couple of productions with JPAS including Mary Poppins Jr. and Into the Woods Jr. She loves working with children and is so excited to get to work with the campers she met last year and the new campers this year. She is also so excited to work with the other staff and counselors. Sophia loves theatre and she plans to be a theatre educator. She would like to thank Alise for giving her the opportunity to spread the magic of theatre!

Gaelyn Brown – General Counselor

Gaelyn Brown has been teaching kids ages 4-14 sports for three years and began teaching drama in 2021. She loves to get to know each student she works with and strives to make each child feel seen, appreciated, and empowered. Teaching and acting are her two greatest passions. She has trained in voice, stage, commercial, and film acting, and has been playing the cello for seven years. Her perfect day would include a nice long thunderstorm, listening to The Lord of the Rings audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, and snuggling up to watch her favorite sitcom with her family and a nice warm plate of chocolate chip cookies!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is attending Camp StarQuest daily mandatory?2022-03-27T02:57:30-05:00

Yes, unless of an illness.  The theater is a team sport, and we need everyone present to be set up for success.

Do children that attend StarQuest swim?2022-03-27T02:55:27-05:00

No, we are busy creating and inspiring our inner artists.

What makes your theater intensive camp different from other theater camps?2022-03-27T02:54:39-05:00

We infuse youth empowerment and mindfulness into our arts curriculum.  In addition to providing a top-notch performing arts education, we teach children the importance of self-love, kindness, and gratitude by creating an empowerment and personal development toolbox that builds confidence and 21st-century life skills.

What is your Camp StarQuest’s overall mission?2022-03-27T02:54:01-05:00

To help children rise up to their personal greatness using the creative arts as our vehicle.

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