The Capitol Theater of Burlington is a non-profit theater in Southeast Iowa that provides a variety of unique services to support the performing arts community. The Capitol Theater has live-music events, theater and music programs, and regularly shows films from directorial debuts to cult classics. In addition, the Capitol Theater also offers a venue space for weddings, conferences, and other unique evens.
Each summer, the Capitol Theater offers week-long programs to educate children on the performing arts and music. These programs help to teach participants valuable interpersonal communication skills, provide a conduit for their creativity, while providing parents with child supervision services while schools are out for the summer. The camps are hosted daily and are taught by the theater’s performing arts instructor and the music teacher from the local community college. Each camp concludes with a performance open to parents and family, giving the young actors and musicians a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
The Southeast Iowa, and specifically the Burlington community, lacks summer programming for students and children that help parents reduce extracurricular costs and enrich their children’s lives. The Summer Theater and Music Camp is a unique service provided to the region and helps to maximize parental costs by providing their children with an extracurricular activity and childcare. Yet a common barrier parents and children face is cost. Parents can apply for financial assistance and the Capitol Theater does its best to not turn any child away due to cost. Support funding from organizations, like the Gannett Foundation, provide the necessary support to ensure the program is available to any child who is interested in the performing arts.