The Center expands summer camp programming; new classes in Rock Music Performance, Teen Scene Study, Stage Managing and Improvisation offered. Classes start July 2.

March 23, 2018: Rhinebeck, NY:  The Center For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck resumes its award winning summer camp program this year with expanded offerings, including a new Rock The Center camp, a two-week intensive workshop that prepares teens to perform with a professional rock band in a real rock show. “We are so excited to offer this new rock band camp lead by an amazing performer and producer” said The Center’s Education Director, Babette Fasolino.  Sean Matthew Whiteford, who has toured with the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” will teach the new camp along with a team of professional rock musicians. Whiteford currently teaches pop, rock and metal band performance in the Hudson Valley.
In addition to Rock The Center, the theater is also adding courses in Teen ImprovisationStage Managing and Teen Scene Study. Returning camp favorites include three-week Performance Camps (Cinderella, Kids and Doctor Dolittle), Intro to Musical Theater Camp (Seussical, Kids) and a wide array of one-week programs for ages 5 to 95. “We truly have a camp for everyone,” said Babette Fasolino. “Summer is a great time to explore a love for theater!”

Above: performers from the 2017 camp production of “Lion King, Jr.

The Center’s summer camp season runs from July 2 through August 31. Advance registration required; the full schedule and details can be found online at

Classes are as follows:

3-week Performance Camps (ages 11 to 17)


PERFORMANCE CAMP 1: “Disney’s Cinderella, Kids”

Directed by Diana di Grandi

July 16-August 3, Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances August 4 and 5 at 11:00 a.m.


PERFORMANCE CAMP 2: “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.”

Directed by Lisa Lynds

August 6-24, Mon.-Fri. 10am to 2pm; Performances August 25 and 26 at 11:00 a.m.


2-week Specialty Camps


INTRO TO MUSICAL THEATER: “Seussical, Kids” (Ages 10-16)

Directed by Niki Metcalf

July 9-20, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Performances July 21 and 22 at 11:00 a.m.


ROCK THE CENTER! (ages 13-17)

Directed by Sean Matthew Whiteford

July 2-13 (No class July 4); Performance July 13 at 4:00 p.m.



1-week camps for younger kids:


MAGIC OF DISNEY (ages 5-8)

#1 July 9-13, Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-noon

#2 August 27-31, Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-noon



Session 1: August 6-10, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Session 2: August 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


LITTLE KIDS ON STAGE (ages 5-7) Pooh Bear and the 100 Acre Wood

#1 July 23-27, Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

#2 August 13-17, Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Specialty camps for teens & adults:


July 30-August 3, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 p.m.



August 13-17, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 p.m.


VOICE FOR THEATRE (ages 12-17)

August 6-10, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 p.m.


STAGE MANAGING (New!) (ages 13 & up)

August 2 & 33:00-5:00 p.m.


TECH CAMP (ages 13 & up)

July 30-August 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


HAIR AND MAKEUP  (ages 12-17)

August 20-24, Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


DANCE FOR THEATRE  (ages 12-17)

July 23-27, Mon.-Fri. 2:00-5:00 p.m.


BEGINNING SEWING (ages 12 & up)

July 2, 3, 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


INTERMEDIATE SEWING (ages 14 and up)

July 5 and 610:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


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.


Additional production photos available

Contact: Babette Fasolino, Education Director

The CENTER For Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, New York

(845) 876-3088, ext. 13

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