For many children, a field trip to Tampa Theatre marks their first visit to the majestic movie palace and can spark a lifelong interest in the historic gem. The Theatre hosts tens of thousands of students each year for educational programs, tours and summer camps, all of which make up a vital part of Tampa Theatre’s mission to entertain, educate and enlighten the community.
Each summer, Tampa Theatre’s historic auditorium lights up with young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on-screen.
Campers entering grades 3-12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, storyboarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a 3-5 minute movie to showcase.
This summer, both the popular live-action and stop-motion animation camps will each be offered for a week in June and a week in July:
Tampa Theatre Summer Film Camp is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education.
For questions about Film Camp and registration, please contact Nicole Southworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
See films made in previous years at www.youtube.com/tampafilmcamp
Tours of the historic Tampa Theatre can be tailored for your class or summer camp group based on the students’ ages and curriculum. General topics covered include art and architecture, theatre operations, history of Tampa and of film presentation, the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and more.
We generally advise that students be at least elementary-school age to appreciate the experience. Admission is $10 per person, payable by cash, check or credit the day of your tour.
To schedule your tour, contact click here to email Nicole Southworth
Hillsborough County public schools: please make your reservations through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County field trip office. All others: please make your reservations for the 2017-2018 school year by contacting the company presenting the show. Click the name of the company to access its website for more information about each show. All school shows start at 10:30 am.
American Stage – Rikki Tikki Tavi – 10/2-10/4
Fantasy Theatre Factory – Little Monster Tales – 10/18
Creative Arts Theatre Company – Secret Garden – 10/26
Slim Goodbody – 10/25
Kid Power – Operation Lunch Line 3D! – 10/27
Fantasy Theatre Factory – Dudley Saves the Earth – 1/16
Taiko Drummers – Chinese New Year Celebration – 2/14-2/15
ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 4/5-4/6 – please email Dawn Kidle for reservations.
Jack Hartmann – 4/25-4/26
Gordon Gumshoe – 5/9-5/10
Dates, times and shows are subject to change; the presenting company will have the latest information.
Support for Tampa Theatre’s educational programs is provided by