Spring is just around the corner, and The Center offers a wide array of spring theater workshops and daytime field trip matinee performances for participants of all ages. The annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival will feature two powerful works, “Caesar and Cleopatra,” and “Julius Caesar,” performed on a reproduction of Shakespeare’s renowned Globe Theater stage and offered to students during the day, as well as evening performances.

Families planning ahead can register their children for The Center’s acclaimed summer camp program, which offers new classes in The Magic of Disney, Auditioning, and Voice. Programs require advance registration; please call the Education Department at (845) 876-3088 ext. 13 for more information.

SPRING FIELD TRIPS: RIP VAN WINKLE March 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m.    Tickets $8.00

Elementary and middle school students will enjoy Washington Irving’s story of a man who sleeps in the Catskill Mountains for twenty years and awakens to a long beard and a greatly changed world. Interactive production, where students and teachers become part of the show! 


April 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Tickets 8.00With sharp wit and incisive observation, George Bernard Shaw centers on the relationship between the Roman leader, Julius Caesar, and the ambitious Cleopatra, as he guides her to be an effective queen and ally to Rome. Drawing upon her innate shrewdness and what she learns from Caesar, Cleopatra becomes the queen that history and legend proclaim and remember. Directed by Diana diGrandi for CENTERstage.


April 24 and 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Tickets $8.00Shakespeare’s enduring play about mobs, factions and power, this time set in Little Italy not too long ago. Caesar tries to become “il capo di tutti capi,” is “rubbed out,” and his “consiglieri” go to the mattresses.  Adapted and directed by Lou Trapani for CENTERstage 

SPRING WORKSHOPS: INTRODUCTION TO ADULT ACTING March 4-27Monday and Wednesday mornings, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A basic course that introduces adults to the basics of acting, including blocking, stagecraft and vocalization. For adults 18 years and up. Directed by Barbara  Melzer.


April 15 to June 5 Monday and Wednesday afternoons 4:30-6:00 pm., Ages 13 to 18    Join Kevin Archambault as he creates a musical theatre review from some of Broadway’s most known shows. A dynamic course which focuses on the different styles of music and choreography throughout musical theatre history.  


The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck offers a wide variety of summer camp programs for ages five through adult. Camps require pre-registration and tuition payment, with the exception of Tech Camp, which is offered free of charge. The Center offers discounts for siblings and multiple camps.  For children with previous stage experience, the Kids on Stage Performance camp provided three weeks of musical theater instruction for campers 11 and up; this summer’s shows are “The Wizard of Oz” and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Campers can select one production or both. One week camps include Little Kids on Stage (ages 5-7), The Magic of Disney (ages 5-8), Intermediate Theater (“Alice in Wonderland,” ages 7-10), Shakespeare for Stage (ages 13-18), Stage Combat (ages 13-18),  Voice for Theatre (age 11 and up), Auditioning (age 12 and up), and Tech Camp (for high school students and adults)

For more information, contact The Center’s Education office at (845) 876-3088 ext. 13.