Theatre Camp

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Build Confidence on the Stage

Our Musical 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 also participate in interdisciplinary workshops for other aspects of the performing arts as well as enjoy trips off campus, open mic nights, and a variety of summer fun. The week will close with a musical performance for family and friends.

July 10-15, 2022

​​​​​​​Open To:
Ages 11-16, coed

Commuter Early-Bird: $650
Residential Early-Bird: $800

Commuter After 3/1/22: $750
Residential After 3/1/22: $900

Meet the Director

Kelly Dowling joined the Mercersburg Academy faculty in 2015 and is currently head of the arts department and director of theatre. She previously served as managing director and a company member of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory; taught drama and technical theatre at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland, and the Madeira School in Langley, Virginia; and worked as technical director of the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater in Washington, D.C.

Kelly has served on the board of directors for the Charm City Fringe Fest, as an editor for the Shakespeare Standard website, and as a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Catawba College and also studied at the Marymount London School of Drama in England.

What to Expect

Mercersburg’s Theatre Camp is designed to create a fun but rigorous experience. Outside of the theatre, students will participate in a variety of activities that may include campfires, talent shows, and trips to the pool and water parks. Participants will also have the opportunity to see a professional performance at a nearby theatre. 

Weekend Stayover 

A weekend stayover option is available for the weekends in between sessions for campers who enroll in multiple sessions of camp. The cost of this weekend is $250. The weekend stayover is not an opportunity for participants to arrive early for the program. We prefer that participants arrive on the advertised start date of the program.