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Theatre Academy

Developing Excellence – Growing Creativity
All sessions are held at Hershey Area Playhouse at Country Meadows, Sandhill Road at Cherry Drive, Hershey, PA

Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy presents

JUNE SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS - 2017 

“CREATING A CHARACTER, CRAFTING A ROLE”

Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present a full line-up of June performance camps to start the summer off with a bang! With a full line-up of instruction, there are camp offerings for students entering grades 1 st – 12th. This summer the theme will be creating a character- and campers will explore stories filled with interesting personalities to bring to life on stage. Our staff includes Jill Panyard, area director and acting teacher and veteran educator specializing in theatre for youth, Debra

This summer the theme will be creating a character- and campers will explore stories filled with interesting personalities to bring to life on stage. Our staff includes Jill Panyard, area director and acting teacher and veteran educator specializing in theatre for youth, Debra Macut, an equity actress from our area with over twenty year’s experience teaching children and youth and Jennifer Feldser, Hershey Area Playhouse board member and long-time staff educator with experience in youth theatre as well as directing and playwriting. Classes begin on June 19th and are held daily for two weeks, ending in an evening performance on our stage on Friday, June 30th.

Click on the link below to register which will hold a space for your child, then simply print and mail your completed registration form and check to us at Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy – PO Box 713 – Hershey PA  17033.  We apologize we cannot accept registrations over the phone or at our box office.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration is a TWO STEP PROCESS

Step #1- Complete this online form to hold a spot  https://goo.gl/forms/t4GzcQYGKwPO943x2

Step #2- Mail a copy of this form with your registration check to Hershey Area Playhouse - PO Box 713- Hershey, PA  17033

Questions?  Please contact Cory Wilkerson at 717-269-9026


Classes:

Kids Camp Jr.
Stories on Stage

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 1- 3
Cost: $135
Class Dates: 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017
Class Schedule: June 19-30 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Description:

Our youngest campers will learn to put a story on stage using creative drama, creative movement and storytelling techniques to explore characters with an emphasis on fun.  Our youngest campers will perform the final day of class in the evening, showing off what can happen when you combine imaginations with a good story.   


Kids Camp
Popping off the Page

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 4-6
Cost: $135
Class Dates: 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017
Class Schedule: June 19-30 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Description:

Students in this age group learn to act by working with interesting characters and roles within a scripted production.  Games and improvisations build skills leading up to a final performance costumed and staged by our professional directors for an evening gala the last day of camp.    


Studio Workshop
Heroes and Heroines

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 7 -12
Cost: $160
Class Dates: 6/19/2017 to 6/30/2017
Class Schedule: June 19-30 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Description:

Older students explore heroes and heroines; strong characters who make bold choices; as a text for learning.  Class places an emphasis on understanding and creating a unique character, exploring the question:  how does an actor create a role?  Fast paced games and exercises help students stretch imaginations and learn audition skills. Class ends with a fully costumed production staged for an evening performance on the last day of class.   

 


Meet Our Staff

Ms. Cory Wilkerson

Cory Wilkerson is a director and performer specializing in theatre for youth, who trained in the UK.  Former artistic director of WOW! Theatre. Ms. Wilkerson has taught acting both here and in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Wilkerson is a recipient of a Pennsylvania State Legislature Certificate of Achievement for her work with children and youth.  When not directing or teaching, Ms. Wilkerson is a national arts education consultant.

Ms. Jennifer Feldser

Jen has been with the Playhouse since the beginning, teaching, directing and working behind the scenes as stage manager for many of the productions.  When Jen is not doing theatre she is busy keeping track of dramatic elementary students as a children’s librarian and running the Steelton-Highspire school drama club.

Ms.  Laurie Miller Petersen

Laurie comes to us straight from New York with professional credits in Stage Combat from both theatre and film industries.  Laurie holds a degree in theatre from the prestigious Northwestern University and has been teaching for the playhouse since 2009.

Ms. Jill Panyard

Jill Panyard is an area director and acting teacher and Executive Director of Encore! Productions. Jill directs acts and specializes in teaching young people how to act. Her students have captured several nominations at the Apollo Theatre awards.

Ms. Debra Macut

Debra holds a BA in drama and psychology and an MFA in Acting from Catholic University of America. She has enjoyed a successful career in professional theatre, performing throughout the United States, and has an extensive teaching background with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Lisa Lutton Weitzman

Lisa holds a Master's degree in drama from Villanova University and a BS in education from PSU. From its inception in 2001 to 2016, she taught theater at The Capital Area School for the Arts Charter and is a former adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College. Lisa is one of the founding members of both Wow! Theatre in Education and the Coffee With Crones theater company and also TMI and No Artificial Sweeteners Improv troupes. She continues to study acting and has participated in summer intensives in New York City and Toronto, Canada.

 

 


Class Registration Policies and Refund Procedures

Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy and Theatre Academy Players educational programs and classes are open to all, subject to minimum and maximum ages/grades, experience and class sizes posted in the program descriptions. Registrations are accepted by mail on a first-come-first-serve basis.


In addition, siblings (two or more students living in the same household) registering are each eligible for a $5.00 discount per program.

We will do our best to accommodate each student’s needs. When reasonable accommodation is not possible, concerns will be addressed directly with those involved. Students are requested to disclose needs or other pertinent information at the time of registration.

All refunds are subject to a $15 non-refundable processing fee. If/when students drop out of a class, the amount refunded is pro-rated, based on the number of classes attended/remaining, after deducting the non-refundable $15 processing fee.

Occasionally, because of the age, experience and number enrolled, some programs have to be merged, combined or cancelled. In these instances, our goal is always to provide our programs to as many students as possible.

Decisions of the Playhouse Board member coordinating the programs of Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy and Theatre Academy Players are final.

 

Contact us at 717.533.8525 or TheatreAcademy@HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com if you have questions about future Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy programs.