The CENTER announces its 2016 Summer Camp Schedule

“Willy Wonka, Jr.,” “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” and “Unhappily After” featured productions
New classes offered in Sewing and Intermediate Puppetry

Rhinebeck, NY:  The Center For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck summer camp season runs July 5 through August 19, 2016 and features stagecraft, musical theater, dance, puppetry, voice, technical theater and two new sewing/costuming workshops. “We have camps for every age group, from 5 to 105” said Babette Fasolino, The Center’s Education Director. Campers can choose from morning or afternoon camps and classes take place in air conditioned classrooms and theater space. Camps range in length from two days to three weeks. This summer’s performance camps include three week camps for ages 11 to 18: “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” in July and “Willy Wonka, Jr.” in August. A special two-week musical theater camp, “Unhappily Ever” is offered in the afternoons from July 5-15. Camp registration can be completed online through the Center’s website: The Center offers multi-camp and sibling discounts, as well as limited tuition assistance.

The full camp schedule is as follows:

3-week camps:

PERFORMANCE CAMP 1: “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”
July 11-29, Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances July 30 and August 6
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures with a cast of colorful characters! Directed by Diana di Grandi. Ages 11 to 18.

PERFORMANCE CAMP 2: “Willy Wonka, Jr.”
August 1-19 Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances August 20 and 21
Follow quirky candy maker Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth! Directed by Lisa Lynds. Ages 11 to 18.

2-week camp:

MUSICAL THEATER CAMP: “Unhappily Ever After” (Ages 10-16)
July 5-15, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Performance July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
What happens when there is no “Happily Ever After”? Sleeping Beauty will do nothing but nap, the Frog Prince refuses to give up his amphibian ways and nothing will pry Cinderella away from her beloved cinders. This fun fractured fairy tale features your favorite characters, catchy musical numbers, and plenty of silliness for everybody involved! Directed by Elizabeth Thomas

1-week camps:
MAGIC OF DISNEY (ages 5-8)
Come sign and dance to all your Disney favorites! Join Kevin Archambault as he creates a dazzling review from some of Disney’s most well-known movies. Includes performance.  Tuition $180.00 per week
#1 July 5-9 (Tues.-Sat.) Tues. –Fri. 9am-noon, Sat. 10am-12:30pm
#2 August 1-5, Mon.-Fri. 9am-noon

One-week short performance camp for ages 7-10, with show on Friday. Tuition $255.00 per week
Session 1: August 8-12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Session 2: August 15-19, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

#1 July 18-22,  Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm
#2 August 8-12 Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm
See Dorothy and all your favorite characters in this light-hearted approach to learning stagecraft.   Campers will perform “The Wizard of Oz” on Friday afternoon. Tuition $255 per week.

Afternoon sessions:

VOICE FOR THEATRE (ages 12 and up)
July 11-15,  Mon.-Fri. 2pm-5pm ; Tuition: $175.00 Ages 12 and up

TECH CAMP (For high school students and adults)
July 18-22, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 pm; No fee, includes a practicum

HAIR AND MAKEUP  (ages 12-17)
July 25-29, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 pm; Tuition $175.00

DANCE FOR THEATRE  (ages 7-18)
August 1-5 Mon.-Fri. 1:00-5:00 pm; Tuition $225.00

Short Camps:

BEGINNING SEWING (ages 12 & up)
July 12, 13, 14 Tues, Wed., Thurs. 2:00 pm-5:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of hand and machine sewing by making a simple garment from a pattern. Recommended for ages 12 and up; younger students by prior approval only.
$25 fee for materials.  No fee, but commitment to help costume future show is required.

July 19, 20, 21
Tues., Wed., Thurs. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Know the basics?  Want to learn more?  Intermediate class will learn tricks for costumers including how to alter garments, installing zippers, buttonholes, etc.  Recommended for ages 16 and up; younger students by prior approval only by instructor, Heidi Johnson.  No fee, but commitment to help costume future show is required.

July 19 and 20, Tues. & Wed. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Tuition: $115.00 |
Learn the ins and outs of puppeteering with hand/rod and hand/arm puppets for the stage. For intermediate students wanting to hone their skills and maybe learn some new tricks! Practice different voices (singing and non), speech techniques, movement and how to make yourself invisible while still visible on the stage. Join puppeteer Tom Bunker (The CENTER’s Avenue Q, Up in Arms and a member of Puppeteers of America) in exploring the great world of Puppeteering for the stage.

For more information, visit The Center’s website: or call Babette Fasolino, 845-876-3088, ext. 13.


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