Theatre Academy

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

 

2018 Summer Performance Camps – Choose June or July Sessions or enjoy both!

SESSION ONE: June at the Playhouse
GRADES 1-12 - Weekdays Monday June 18th – Friday June 29th
Evening Performance Friday June 29th at 7:00 PM

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- Registration opens 3-31-18 – On or before this date complete this online form to hold a spot (hurry- spots fill up fast!)
Online Registration Form

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 coryw2.0@gmail.com

SESSION TWO: July in the Gardens
LIMITED TO GRADES 4-8
Weekdays Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 27th
Mondays at the Playhouse, Tues-Fri at the Hershey Gardens
Lunchtime Performance Friday, July 27th
Mandatory attendance each camp day – 9AM – Noon

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- Registration opens 3-31-18 – On or before this date complete this online form to hold a spot (hurry- spots fill up fast!)
Online Registration Form

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 coryw2.0@gmail.com

ACADEMY CLASSES ARE SPONSORED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE HERSHEY COMPANY


Classes:

Kids Camp Jr.
When Imagination Meets Performance

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 1-3
Cost: $135
Class Dates: 6/18/2018 to 6/29/2018
Class Schedule: 9:00am-10:30am
Description:

Our youngest campers will work with scripted text to learn a role as a character in a play and bring it to life using their imaginations. Teachers will utilize theatre games, creative drama and creative movement and storytelling techniques to help our youngest actors shine in the spotlight. Class ends with a gala performance staged by our professional directors. $135.00


Kids Camp
The Middle Grades Attack Plays

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 4-6
Cost: $160
Class Dates: 6/18/2018 to 6/29/2018
Class Schedule: 10:30am-12:30pm
Description:

New extended camp hours for an enriched experience for our tweens and teens.

Patterned after our wildly popular “Gardens Camp” - students in this age group will explore a production experience, including casting a play, auditioning for roles and preparing a character. This repeatable class has a focus on text and finding the character between the lines in order to learn to feel comfortable onstage. 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
Preparing a Role for Teen Actors

Age Group: Students Entering Grades 7 -12
Cost: $225
Class Dates: 6/18/2018 to 6/29/2018
Class Schedule: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Description:

New extended camp hours for an enriched experience for our oldest actors. (30 hours of instruction)

Older students will be cast in a performance piece that will allow them to create strong characters and practice bold choices; with the script as text for learning. Class places on emphasis on understanding and creating a unique character, character analysis, audition skills and exploring the question: how does an actor create a role? Class ends with a fully costumed production staged for an evening performance on the last day of class.  


July in the Gardens
Mandatory attendance each camp day – 9 AM – Noon

Age Group: LIMITED TO GRADES 4-8
Cost: $275
Class Dates: 7/16/2018 to 7/27/2018
Class Schedule: Mandatory attendance each camp day – 9 AM – Noon
Description:

Hershey Gardens and the Hershey Area Playhouse’s are pleased to offer the popular Gardens Summer Theater Camp back for its fifth summer! Monday classes will be held at the Hershey Area Playhouse on the campus of Country Meadows - Cherry Drive in Hershey. Classes Tuesday through Friday are held at the Hershey Gardens - 170 Hotel Road in Hershey.  

The camp will culminate with a performance of “Treasure Island” at the amphitheater in The Children’s Garden, an original production of the classic tale written by local playwright Jennifer Feldser. Friends and family will be invited to a lunchtime performance on July 27th. Please register early to reserve a spot as this is a sought-after experience for area students and places fill up within the first two weeks of the lottery opening; we do also offer a waiting list.

This is a rigorous fast-paced performance camp designed to hone student talent in a fun and supportive environment. Teachers will emphasize the importance of responsibility and respect for each other as well as the collaborative process of play production. Respect for others and daily attendance for the full three hours are necessary requirements for the good of the production and for each student to feel comfortable and able to perform their best. Staff reserves the right to reduce student roles or offer partial refunds if there are attendance or behavior issues.

 


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.