Summer Theatre School2018-11-07T17:35:40+00:00

Welcome from our artistic director!

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

2018 Programs:

Theatre Adventure Camp with Kristen Smyth

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!

Creation for Kids! with Colin Anthes

An introduction to original theatre creation for young people, this course will focus on creativity, teamwork, playfulness, and collaboration. Over the course of the week, students will learn how to turn fun games and exercises into productive ways of working together creatively. At the end of the week, there will be a performance showing off some of their original ideas!

Comedy Improv and Expressionism with Teresa Ricciuti

During this fun-filled experience, young actors will have the chance to play characters, use their voice, body language and expressions to convey some of the funniest idioms of the English language. Students will build their acting skills through dramatic exercises and creative movement by enjoying theatre warms ups and games, acting basics, improvisation, and teamwork, while focusing on their strengths and bringing out their inner creativity! We will work collaboratively to create a comical performance for family and friends.

The Art of Mask and Puppetry with Clelia Scala

This camp offers hands-on craft work in building puppets and masks, with guidance towards using both forms in performance. Participants will learn various performance techniques and exercises to bring their creations to life. Each camper will engage their imagination in writing short plays for their puppets. Skills in concentration, physical control and expression, vocal strength and articulation, as well as group and individual dramatic creativity will be explored. This camp features a performance on the last day.

Triple Threat Troupers with Tenja Hagenberg

If you love to sing, dance and ‘make believe’ this is the camp for you. Triple Threat Troupers 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!

Shaw Acting Camp with Monica Dufault

Kids will have a ‘Magical’ time in this summer adventure for advanced dramatic arts students. The camp will challenge participants to strengthen their acting skills and create their own original play. Students will attend a performance of The Magician’s Nephew at the Shaw Festival. Included on this special adventure to the Shaw Festival will be a backstage tour and acting workshops led by professional artists.

Colin Anthes

Colin Bruce Anthes is a St. Catharines actor, writer, director, producer, and educator. He serves as Artistic Director of the ensemble creation company Twitches & Itches Theatre, works with many Niagara theatre and arts organizations, and is a core collaborator with Stolen Theatre Collective. Upcoming, Colin will be directing Twitches & Itches’ workshop production of September Songs, performing in Stolen Theatre’s House, and directing the Christmas bash All Through the House for the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Colin has received the Humber Theatre Award, Theatre Ontario’s International Training Scholarship, a St. Catharines Arts Award, and was recently inducted into Stamford Collegiate’s Arts Wall of Fame.

Monica Dufault
Shaw Acting Instructor

Monica trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, and works professionally as an actor, director and playwright. She loves theatre for young audiences and working with young people. Monica teaches acting and playwriting at Brock University and is the Artistic Director of Essential Collective Theatre.

Teresa Ricciuti

Teresa Ricciuti studied Drama in Education, Theatre, and Dramatic Literature at Brock University. For the past 8 years Teresa has been teaching with for the District School Board of Niagara and is currently teaching drama, dance, music, and visual art. She has worked with Carousel Players for the past 10 years, beginning as the summer camp coordinator and now teaching summer camps and March Break camps.

Clelia Scala
Art of Puppetry & Mask Instructor

Clelia Scala is a mask and puppet maker. She designs and makes masks and puppets for theatre and educational institutions and has made masks for video and film. She has taught mask and puppet making to groups of five to twenty-five people in classroom and workshop settings. She is looking forward to making puppets with the Carousel Players campers

Kristen Smyth

Kristen Smyth just completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts at Brock University, and will be attending teacher’s college in the fall. She is the production manager for All the King’s Men Theatre Company, and was an Ambassador for the 2016 World Festival of Children’s Theatre. This is her fourth year coordinating Carousel Players’ Theatre School, and she can’t wait to see what exciting things this year will bring!

Tenja Hagenberg
Triple Threat Troupers Instructor

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 Niagara Falls Scotiabank Centre’s The Little Mermaid and leading her solo show Around The World And Home Again at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre this past spring.  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’!

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.
Registration is closed for
Summer Theatre School 2018.
See you next year!

Carousel Players’ Summer Theatre School attracts enthusiastic students each summer from ages 5 to 13 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.

Yes, we welcome two volunteers aged 14 and up as assisstants at each camp. Volunteers may apply by emailing and will be asked to complete an interview.

Volunteering at Summer Theatre School counts towards Community Involvment hours. Please bring the appropriate forms if you wish to apply these hours towards the program.

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.