Bilingual acting camp opportunity

The Utah Children’s Theatre is hosting a unique ESL Arts program this summer and is looking for families willing to host Chinese participants.

Date: July 9-18 (approximate) Time: 10:00-4:00 pm (approximate)
Age Range: 8-14, plus high school age group leaders. Cost: $399 or Free (see below)

Experience an acting camp like no other! Students from China will be coming to Utah for a fun, educational arts opportunity. American and Chinese children will learn public speaking and communication skills, play sports and theatre games, sing, dance, and have an interactive experience that could lead to lifetime friendships. Days and times may vary and some activities may be held on Saturdays. Field trips to the Natural History Museum, State Capitol, University of Utah, or other local destinations are included. A recital showcase featuring scenes and songs from the musical Pecos Bill will be held on the evening of July 17. Host 2 Chinese students in your home and your child takes the class for FREE! Please continue to the end of this description for more details.

In addition to having a unique arts experience with their Chinese friends, all American students taking the course will receive an American Mentor Certificate and a letter of recommendation which can be used in college applications. Student group leaders will also receive the Helen Foster Snow Leadership Award. This is a great way to bolster Sterling Scholar, college, and scholarship applications.This camp may also count toward community service hours for citizenship.

Camp participants will generally attend field trips in the morning and classes in the afternoon. In addition to singing and movement rehearsals for the final showcase, there will be American culture and ESL classes attended by both the Chinese students and their American mentors. The showcase performance is free and open to family and friends who wish to attend.

Host Families

Host families are an important part of the Chinese arts experience. If you host 2 Chinese students in your home for the duration of the camp, your child gets to take the camp for FREE. Additional children from the same immediate family may attend for half price. Parent volunteer opportunities may also be available to help pay for the cost of the camp.

Homes should be clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Two Chinese students of the same gender will be assigned to each home. They do not need to have their own room, but they must have their own bed. The bathroom must have a lock so students can change in privacy. An adult with a valid driver’s license and car insurance must be available to transport the students to and from camp daily. A photo of the host family will be sent to the Chinese students a few weeks before camp starts. A home stay coordinator will arrange a home check, meet the family and ensure the guidelines are met.

Utah Children’s Theatre will provide lunch for all students on class days. All other meals are provided by the host family. The Chinese students spend evenings and weekends with the host families. Host families are encouraged to eat together and take the Chinese students with them wherever they may be going. A shopping trip with the family to one of the local malls is also encouraged, as the students want to purchase souvenirs and other memorabilia. While the time away from camp is up to the discretion of individual host families, we hope the families will do activities with the students, such as go swimming, play games, hike, go to a movie, or do other fun things a typical American family enjoys.

If you are interested in hosting Chinese students for the camp, or have any other questions, please send an email to

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