Application Window - February 10- March 10
Audition Exhibition Dates – March 10th and March 17th
Packet Pick Up – March 26th
Pre-SMACK – Tuesday afternoons starting April 2nd
SMACK Cast Auditions – May 11th
Camp Dates – June 17th thru June 28th
Performance Dates – June 28th and 29th
In 2009, SWAT (STUDENTS WORKING WITH ART & TECHNOLOGY) was created to a technical theater tract for SMACK (Summer Music Arts Camp for Kids). Selected HS and College students will gain experience in arts administration, professions theater production, technical work, and stage craft under the direction of Pastor Jerry Skaggs.
We are SMACK
What does SMACK stand for?
Summer Musical and Arts Camp for Kids
What is SMACK?
SMACK is one of the top Musical Theater summer camps for kids in the nation. Students come together and rehearse a broadway show for two weeks and then perform the production in front of a live audience with full sets and costumes.
How do we pull off broadway quality shows with only two weeks of rehearsal?
It’s a miracle, that’s how! Just kidding! Students are broken up into different groups depending on their characters in the show (this helps with rehearsing). All groups have a rotating schedule where they go to four different classes each day: Music, Drama, Dancing, and Art. In music class they learn basic singing technique as well as the actual music they will be performing. Drama consists of building the basic principles for performing and acting techniques. In Dance class, students work on movement technique as well as learning the dance numbers for the show. This time also serves as blocking for our directors. Art class gives students exposure to painting and prop construction where kids design and build the actual props for the show. Whole company rehearsals are also built in to the schedule where we bring the whole cast together to work on large scenes. Oh, and did we mention that we have two casts? Yep, we put up a show twice with two separate casts! With great direction, a lot of focus, and a whole lot of fun, by the end of camp we have one of the best productions you’ll see all year in the greater Charlotte area
Who instructs the students?
SMACK is proud to be home to the best team of directors and instructors out there! Our team is comprised of professional performers, musicians, teachers, and artists who all have a passion for spreading their love of their craft to students and young performers. Head over to our instructors page to get an in depth look at our directors team.
What are camp hours?
9:00am - 4:00pm
What does a typical day of camp look like for a student?
Here’s a snapshot of a typical day for a camper
9:00-9:10 Morning Assembly
9:15-10:15 Session 1: Drama
10:20-11:20 Session 2 : Art
12:00-12:35 Group Fun and Free Time
12:40-1:40 Session 3 : Music
1:45-2:55 Session 4 : Dance
3:05-3:50 Company Rehearsal
How old does my kid have to be to be involved?
SMACK is designed for 2nd through 10th grade students. Our 2nd and 3rd graders make up our Red group. They have their own instructors and learn special songs and choreography that kick off the big show, as well as a featured spot in the performance. The 4th-10th graders comprise the main body of performing students.
How do I get my child involved?
Connect on social media to be updated with the latest opportunties.
How do I get involved myself?
SMACK exists because of the love and generosity of an enormous group of volunteers. They do everything from spending two weeks working with students, to sewing hundreds of costumes, to serving us lunch every day. If you’re interested in using your own gifts and talents to help out, please fill out our volunteer application form here. (Applications for 2019 volunteer staff will open in March)
Still have questions?
click here to view our current 2019 SMACK handbook. After that If you still have questions feel free to contact us
We have the best and most talented staff in the entire industry.
The SMACK staff consists of talented and educated personnel with many years of experience in the performing arts. Acting Professors, Music Directors, Dance and Voice instructors all make up the staff of SMACK. Each team member is dedicated to providing a safe, exciting, and educational experience for each student.
Volunteering & Internships
We are always looking for creative volunteers and interns to help us with SMACK. If you would like to help us out, then contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
SMACK founder, Executive Producer/Creative Designer
SMACK Director, Choreographer
Musical Director, Costuming Director/Designer
Director/Producer of Intune School of the Arts