Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each camp, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
The guides at Elusive Fly Fishing lead groups of fish seekers to Utah's choicest spots for casting lines and reeling in big ones. Prime locales include points on the Provo and Weber Rivers along with a handful of smaller waterways, where clients can get their hands on Rocky Mountain whitefish and trout varieties such as brown, rainbow, and brook. Half- and full-day tours include all necessary gear and a sack lunch. Lessons are available for beginners or those who need help ironing out the kinks in their casts.
The team at the Wasatch Arts Center teases out the creative passions of children without fostering any kind of competition. Instead, the staff prioritizes performance, hosting recitals every six months that highlight their protégés' progress. Whether they teach dance, private music lessons, or preschool, they strive to nurture each student's skills by respecting his or her interests and planning an age-appropriate curriculum.
Professionally and university-trained dance instructors school youngsters in styles such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling. Their one-on-one music classes cover the piano as well as string or brass instruments, imparting the value of consistent practice and a strong tuba-throwing arm. For both disciplines, they emphasize proper technique over speed of advancement—this emphasis on fundamentals steadily builds self-confidence and enthusiasm for the art.
Preschool sessions admit a maximum of 12 students—all 3- and 4-year-olds—for activities that cater to diverse learning styles. Teachers present works from famous artists and composers in addition to standard topics, including letters, numbers, colors, and building hooks to help reach doorknobs.
The equestrians at TLC Horse Training pair riders with gentle horses whose demeanor is made even calmer by serene surroundings. On the grounds, the training crew specializes in Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and Reining, imparting each discipline’s conventions and subtleties in either the indoor arena—where weather can’t intrude upon an enjoyable lesson—or the outdoor arena—where the horses can work on their base tans. Depending on the student’s level of development, the instructors may also encourage riders to continue their studies by participating in the horse shows that TLC attends, including Vista Farms Fun Shows and Utah All Breed Horse Association Shows.
Every other month, the Prime Time Players present an original dinner-theater production. Incorporating their audiences?and bringing an extremely powerful stage-makeup game?the actors sing and dance their way through a seasonally appropriate musical comedy. But even if spectators know the name of the show, it can be almost impossible to guess what they'll see: comically tall leprechauns, Halloween witches, and a certain Christmas-hating green fuzzball have all shown up in the past.