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To register your children for multiple camps, contact us at 905-682-8326 *22 or info@carouselplayers.com

Total Amount: $250.00

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!

Monica Dufault
Artistic Director, Carousel Players

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

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!

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

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

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

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!

Carousel Players’ Summer Theatre School attracts enthusiastic students each summer from ages 5 to 14 years. Students experience many aspects of the performing arts during the sessions offered.

All Summer Theatre School classes are led by professionals from the Niagara theatre community, and include a special presentation for family members on the final afternoon.

Summer Theatre school takes place at The Robby, the rear building at 85 Church Street. There is parking and drop off access from Raymond St.

We take a lunchtime trip to the park every day as well, weather permitting.

Camps run from 9am to 4pm each day.

Extended care is available starting at 8:30 in the morning and until 4:30 in the afternoon. There is no extra cost for extended care.

The camp is a nut-free environment and there is always at least one adult certified in first aid on site at all times.

The building is not guareenteed to be nut free, as there is a community kitchen in the basement. If allergies, nuts or otherwise, are a concern let us know and we will do our best to make arrangements to create a safe environment.

The age groups are arranged so that the children are at similar stages of social development. We don’t want anyone to feel too old or too young – they’re there to learn and have fun.

That said, if your child’s birthday is in the early fall accomodations can be made.

No, Carousel Players does not provide snacks or lunches.

Please pack your child a nut-free lunch and snacks as needed. There is a fridge at camp to keep food chilled.

At the Summer Theatre School, creating safe spaces for our employees, campers, and families is a priority. We implement a general health and safety plan that includes emergency exits, a fire safety plan, what to do in case of an accident, and how to respect allergies in our facility. We also have at least one staff member trained in first aid on site at all times.

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.