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Theatre Camp

Mercersburg Summer Programs Theatre Camp

Build confidence on the stage.

Our Theatre Camp offers a chance for participants to blend theatre, vocal/musical training, and dance. A series of guest artists and instructors will challenge students’ creativity while also concentrating on safe technique and building healthy personal rehearsal practices. We meet each student at their current skill level to ensure that every participant, whether new to the stage or a veteran, is challenged and supported.

Students will participate in interdisciplinary workshops for other aspects of the performing arts and enjoy trips off campus, open mic nights, and a variety of summer fun. The week will close with a performance of Disney’s High School Musical Jr. for family and friends.

Meet the Director

Chaz Macklin joined Mercersburg Academy this past February as technical director of the Burgin Center for the Arts. Before Mercersburg, he taught students the joys of behind-the-scenes work in various community theatre organizations. Chaz received a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Texas A&M University and has seven years of experience in theatrical technology, with five years of technical direction. He has a passion for sharing his love of theatre with students of all ages. Chaz has a 4-year-old German shepherd named Lola at home.

Burgin Center for the Arts

Completed in 2006, the 65,000-square-foot Burgin Center for the Arts is a hub of artistic exploration. It houses Mercersburg’s music, dance, theatre, and studio arts programs, 599-seat proscenium Simon Theatre, 120-seat black box Hale Studio Theatre, Cofrin Gallery, recital hall, chorale room, dance studios, ceramics studio, art studios, recording studio, digital arts lab, Maker’s Lab, technical theatre shop, and classroom, rehearsal, and office space.

The Burgin Center’s design—the work of New York architecture firm Polshek Partnership—is simple yet majestic, modern yet classical. The floor-to-ceiling glass that forms the building’s outer wall allows for the interplay between internal and external space as well as engagement with the landscape along front campus. It also creates a beautiful luminosity when the Burgin Center is lit at night.

Burgin Center for the Arts

June 30-July 12, 2024

Open To:
Ages 11-16, coed

$1,800 (Commuter)
$2,000 (Residential)

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A Typical Day

8-8:30 a.m.


9-11:30 a.m.

Training activities (voice lessons, dance Lessons, etc.)

12-12:45 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Supplemental classes

2-3 p.m.

Musical work

3-5:15 p.m.

Afternoon Activity (off-campus performance, swimming, games)

5:30-6:15 p.m.


6:30-9 p.m.

Evening activities (campfire, movie night, karaoke)

9:15-10 p.m.

Dorm and lights out