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Bijou Theatre Summer Acting Camp

Calling all performing arts students!

Looking to expand your skillset this summer? Want a chance to perform in one of the oldest theatres in Tennessee?

If so, the Bijou Theatre Summer Camps and Workshops are the perfect opportunity for you – with new offerings for students ages 9-17. Join us for a fun-packed summer filled with making new friends, learning new talents, and making lots of great memories!





The Bijou Young Friends Summer Musical Camp
June 5th – June 9th 2023 from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily
Vocal Techniques, Dance Basics, Acting Basics, Musical Theatre, Improv.

This week’s camp session will focus on the world of musical theatre with dancing, acting, and singing. Students will learn to apply characterization into songs and dance, beginner singing techniques, learn two choreographed dances, and more. Students will work together to create a showcase for family and friends to be held at the conclusion of camp with selections from Matilda the Musical, Peter Pan the Musical, and Seussical the Musical. This fun-filled week will also include a sing-along, theatre games, lessons from guest artists, and a whole lot more!


The Bijou Musical Boot Camp
June 12th – June 16th 2023 from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily
Vocal Techniques, Advanced Lyrical Dance Routines, Acting Techniques, Stage Direction

The Bijou Musical Boot Camp isn’t for your average student, it’s specifically designed for students who live, breathe, and dream all things Broadway. Students will be challenged with advanced acting, dancing, and singing lessons while preparing a performance featuring songs from The Greatest Showman, Hairspray the Musical, Wicked the Musical, and 13 the Musical.

Students will need to have prepared 16-32 bars of any musical theatre song before camp begins with a backing track.


The Bijou Young Friends Summer Acting Camp 
Ages: 9-12
July 17-21st 2023 from 9:00am – 3:00pm daily
Theatre Basics, Improvisation, Playwriting, Scene Study

This fun-filled camp will focus on acting basics to fine-tune your budding performer’s skills! From improvisation games to scene studies to writing their own scripts, your student will leave the week feeling more confident and creative on stage. Students will work together to create their own show about a traveling band who stops at the Bijou – but everything starts to go hilariously wrong!


What you need to know:
Children will need to bring a bagged lunch and a water bottle.  Comfortable, movable clothing and shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and gum are not allowed.

Each camp will conclude with a special performance to be held at 2:30pm at the Bijou Theatre. Friends and family are invited!

Meet your camp leader:
Nathan McGhee, the Bijou’s Operations Manager, will be conducting this year’s camps and workshops.

McGhee has been involved within the theatre world for almost twenty years all across the region. Locally, he has worked with (onstage and off) the Tennessee Stage Company, Encore Theatrical Company, Morristown Theatre Guild, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, and Flying Anvil Theatre. Some notable performances have included Macbeth (Witch), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck),  Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Brad), and Sweeney Todd (Tobias). He holds seven years of dance experience and three years of vocal training. McGhee also boasts numerous national acting titles in forensics, speech and debate, and storytelling competitions.

After studying Theatre Education, he has hosted numerous camps, workshops, and educational initiatives across the region with various nonprofits and Knox County Schools. He has also directed numerous children’s theatre productions (The Hobbit: The Musical, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Harriet Pohter the Musical, etc.) and regularly coaches acting students for local and college auditions.  He is incredibly excited to get back into the world of theatre and to help guide (and have lots of fun!) our community’s rising stars.

For questions or concerns, please contact Nathan McGhee at or at 865-522-0832 ext. 207.