All camps are fully enrolled and have ended! Check back for info on our 2020 camps!

Storytelling and Mask     August 6 to 16 

Let’s create new stories and bring them to life with puppets and masks! Students will build acting skills through dramatic exercises, create a play as a group, and make puppets and masks to bring their ideas to life. This new two-week camp bringing out students’ inner creativity in art and drama.

$425 for two weeks Camp Full!

Musical Theatre Spectacular!     August 19 to 23

If you love to sing, dance and ‘make believe’ this is the camp for you. Students will explore the necessary skills of Musical Theatre; singing, dancing, acting and performance. We’ll be diving into drama games, working improv skills, various dance styles, ensemble/duet/solo singing and combining all those skills to create a final performance showcasing today’s top Musical Theatre Showstoppers!

$250 for one week  Camp Full!

Shaw Acting Camp     July 15 to 26

Students will have a ‘magical’ time in this summer adventure for dramatic arts students. They will be going to see Narnia story The Horse and His Boy at the Shaw Festival and learning from members of the Shaw Acting Ensemble. The camp will encourage participants to strengthen their acting skills as they create their own original play.

$425 for two weeks Camp Full!

Musical Theatre Explorer!     July 8 to 12 

This week introduces children to the vibrant world of musical theatre. Students will explore character development, movement, body awareness, and singing. The students will create a short musical performance with ensemble singing, dancing, and storytelling.

$250 for one week  Camp Full!

Theatre Adventure Camp     July 29 to August 2

In this camp, we will create worlds where anything is possible! Each day, campers will enter a new world where they will read stories and participate in drama activities that will allow them to further explore that world. Each day will feature a fun craft that will be used as a part of the set for the week end performance! Emphasis will be placed on working as an ensemble, building confidence, and exploring creativity. Adventures await!

$250 for one week  Camp Full!

Carousel Players’ Summer Theatre School will soon be in session, and we are excited to share many creative opportunities in drama for children in Niagara! The talented arts educators leading the camps are theatre professionals who have carefully crafted the sessions.

Each camp program will guide participants through games, activities and experiences that teach them individual skills, but also give them the chance to make new friends and collaborate with an ensemble to create a final performance. Our goal is to foster children’s love of creativity in a safe and supportive environment, with expert artistic leadership.

Carousel Players invites you and your children to engage with the arts through our long-running summer theatre program this year. See you on stage!

Lindsay Detta
Artist Educator, Carousel Players

Kristen Smyth

Theatre Adventure Camp Educators (Ages 5-7)

Kristen Smyth is a Dramatic Arts, English, and ESL teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board and is a graduate of Brock University’s Concurrent Education program. She has always had a passion for using the arts as an educational tool and is so excited to be working with Carousel Players again this year! She has been working with Carousel Players since 2014 in varying roles, such as the Summer Theatre School Coordinator for four years, a Playlinks artist, and an instructor for the Summer School. Kristen cannot wait to see what amazing creations the campers will come up with this year! See you in July!

Genevieve Jones

Musical Theatre Explorer! (Ages 5-7)

Genevieve Jones is a Theatre Creator and Actor based in St. Catharines. She completed her Honours Degree in Theatre Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) in 2014. Genevieve has taught Drama and English in the Italian School system in 2011/2012. She has taught theatre to teenagers with Yellow Door Theatre Project, and she has been a Puppeteer, Touring Member and Workshop Facilitator with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Now, a full time Mom and recent graduate of the TESL Program at Niagara College, Genevieve has expanded her educational pursuits as an Arts Educator and practitioner of arts-based learning. Her most recent area of interest is applying theatre activities, theories and techniques
into a language learning classroom. Genevieve just finished the Artist in the Classroom position at Carousel, where she taught ages 7-11 at Steele Street Public School in Port Colborne as apart of their After School Drama Program. She is on board for “Senior Stories” as an actor and Script Collaborator through Essential Collective Theatre’s annual touring production, and she is a regular member of her Improv group, IMPROV NIAGARA: A new Comedy presence with a monthly show at Mahtay Cafe. In 2017, Genevieve taught the Musical Theatre Explorer Class for Carousel with the famous debut of “The Space Play,” and she is very excited to be returning to see what all the imaginative minds come up with this year!

Tenja Hagenberg

Musical Theatre Spectacular! (Ages 11-14)

Tenja is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program.  She has had the opportunity to work in theatres across Canada from Charlottetown Festival to starring in the Dora Award winning Evil Dead: The Musical at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto.  Tenja traveled as a Guest Entertainer and lead vocalist for Princess Cruises and returned back to Niagara to settle her feet on solid ground and be close to family.  Recent Niagara credits include the evil sea witch Ursula in Scotiabank Centre’s The Little Mermaid, the sweet Mrs. Potts in Beauty and The Beast and leading her solo show Around The World And Home Again at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. She is founder and Director of Performance On Point; focused on private vocal and acting coaching for all ages and special event entertainment.  She is thrilled to be a part of the amazing arts community here in Niagara and looks forward to meeting and working with all the ‘Triple Threat Troupers’!

More to come!

Playwriting for Youth takes place at Oakridge Public School located at 1 Marsdale Drive in St. Catharines.

The 8-week program runs from 3:30pm to 4:30pm every Tuesday from October 8th to November 26th.

Currently this program is available only to students at Oakridge Public School. If you would like to be contacted regarding any change to enrollment eligibility, please contact Elizabeth at

The age groups are arranged so that the participants are at similar stages of educational and creative development. We don’t want anyone to feel too old or too young, so we are only offering the program to children in grades 6, 7, and 8.

Yes, there will be a dramatic reading of the students’ plays during the final workshop day on Tuesday, November 26th.

It’s free! This workshop is being offered at no cost to the participants.

My child enjoyed everything, especially the games. Keep doing what you’re doing. This is one of their favourite places to be!
My daughter enjoyed the creativity and using her imagination in camp.
My son enjoyed the freedom to express himself and had great fun. The instructor was very enthusiastic, and welcoming.