Summer Camp spans generations at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck, NY:  “The Lion King, Jr.,” “Annie,” and “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” will be the showcase musicals for The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck’s 2017 summer camp season. Campers ages five through adult have the opportunity to select from a wide range of summer workshops, ranging from three-week production camps, two-week introduction to musical theater classes, one-week camps for younger children and specialty camps, such as sewing. “Camp isn’t just for young children anymore,” said Babette Fasolino, The Center’s Education Director. “Teenagers, adults and senior citizens enjoy our summer classes, as well as the younger kids. It’s such a great feeling to walk into the theater and see a five year old and a senior citizen working together on a show!”

The Center’s summer camp season runs from June 26 through August 25, 2017. Advance registration required; the full schedule can be found online at

Early registration discounts are offered through March 31, 2017.

Classes are as follows:

3-week camps:


Campers learn acting, voice and stagecraft as they prepare for a public production. Students must attend both performances.


PERFORMANCE CAMP 1: “The Lion King, Jr.”
The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale. Directed by Diana di Grandi.
July 3-21, Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances July 22 and 23 at 11:00 a.m.
PERFORMANCE CAMP 2: “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.”
Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant peach of fruit. A musical adventure with a cast of colorful characters! Directed by Lisa Lynds.
July 31-August 18, Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances August 19 and 20 at 11:00 a.m.


2-week camp:

INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATER: “Annie, Kids” (Ages 10-16)
A introduction to the fun-filled world of musical theater! Students will perform the  heartwarming story of little orphan Annie as she seeks to find the parents who abandoned her. Your favorite characters are here, including Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, the orphans, Sandy the lovable dog and more! Directed by Niki Metcalf
July 3-14, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Performance July 15 at 11:00 a.m.


1-week camps:

MAGIC OF DISNEY (ages 5-8)
Come sing and dance to all your Disney favorites! Join Kevin Archambault as he creates a dazzling revue from some of Disney’s most well-known movies. Includes performance on Friday.
#1 July 3-7, Mon.-Fri. 9am-noon

#2 August 14-18, Mon.-Fri. 9am-noon


One-week short performance camp for ages 7-10, with show on Friday.
Session 1: July 24-28, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Session 2: August 21-25, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

(ages 5-7)
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.

#1 July 31-August 4, Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm

#2 August 7-11, Mon.-Fri. 9am-1pm


Specialty Classes:
VOICE FOR THEATRE (ages 12-17))

July 10-14, Mon.-Fri. 2pm-5pm ; Ages 12 and up


TECH CAMP (For high school students and adults)

July 17-21, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 pm; No fee, includes a practicum


HAIR AND MAKEUP  (ages 12-17)

July 24-28, Mon.-Fri. 10:00 am. -1:00 pm


DANCE FOR THEATRE  (ages 12-17)

July 31-August 3, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 pm


BEGINNING SEWING (ages 12 & up)
June 26 and 27, Mon., Tues. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of hand and machine sewing by making a simple garment from a pattern.


INTERMEDIATE SEWING (ages 14 and up)

June 28, 29, 30, Wed., Thurs., Fri.  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 14 and up.