The summer programs at Ogunquit Playhouse Arts Academy strive to create new opportunities for students’ success, by increasing self-confidence, teaching goal orientation and professional etiquette, strengthening collaborative skills, and preparing students to perform at their personal best. With an education history spanning more than 90 years, Ogunquit Playhouse has long sought to be a place of bold artistic expression. With programming taught by working theatre professionals, you’ll find the highest level of expertise and a staff here to honor and celebrate your voice.
**NEW SLOTS JUST OPENED UP FOR DISNEY’S MOANA JR. SUMMER THEATRE CAMP.**
Calling all 9 – 18 year old’s for this very special opportunity directed and choreographed by Hawaiian native Camille Romero.
DISNEY’S MOANA JR / ACADEMY PLAYERS / AGES 9-18
Disney’s Moana Jr is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Featuring all the beloved songs from the film, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.
Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation.
3 Week Camp: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 17
2 Week Camp: Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 17
Time: 9am – 5pm
Performances: Saturday, July 16 at 10am and 1pm, Sunday, July 17 at 10am
3 Week Camp $875.00, includes a special 1 Week Workshop with the Director/Choreographer
2 Week Camp $775.00
$25 Registration fee
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR / JUNIOR PLAYERS / AGES 12-18 / $800
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach Jr is a brand new take on this masterpeach of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. Book by Timothy Allen McDonald, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul.
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.
Day/Time: Monday, August 15 – Sunday, August 28 (2 weeks)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Performances: Saturday, August 27 at 10am and 1pm, Sunday, August 28 at 10am
Auditions: For principal roles, video auditions are due by Mon July 18. If a student only wishes to be in the ensemble, no audition is needed.
ACTING AND IMRPOV / JUNIOR PLAYERS / AGES 12-18 / $425
Whether beginners or experienced actors, students will learn strong fundamentals to build confidence, listening/speaking skills, and foster spontaneity. This program is designed for students to be able to jump into a series of fun warm-ups and improv games, before learning scenes that heighten and explore unique ideas. As the class progresses, students will develop two-person and group scenes, as well as simple monologues. This is all about fun and support. Parents and guests will be invited to a final presentation at the Colony Rehearsal Space to see their students in action.
Days/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12 – August 4 (4 weeks)
Presentation: Friday, August 5 at 7pm
TWEET / RISING STARS / AGES 5-7 / $500
Back by Popular Demand! Four little birds consider what life is like “out there” beyond their nest as several feathered friends plus a troupe of Squirrel Scouts stop by to offer conflicting words (and songs) of advice. Finally, a wise old Owl explains that “life is what you make it to be” and a high-flying Eagle offers a pep talk that inspires the birds to spread their wings and soar! Super cute with a great growing-up message. With our youngest performers singing such beautiful song, it’s sure to delight parents and youngsters alike! Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andy Beck and Laura Groves. Arrangements by Tim Hayden.
Day/Time: Monday June 13 – Friday, June 17 (1 week)
Performance: Friday, June 17 at 2pm
E-I-E-I-OOPS! / RISING STARS / AGES 5-7 / $400
Let’s take a trip to see Farmer MacDonald! The whole barnyard is singin’… rooster’s singin’ tenor, the mule chimes in on bass, the chicks are pretty good altos, and the sheep are all over the place! But wait! Something’s wrong with Madame Cow… she just can’t moo! Join the fun as the animals all do their part to save the day! Enjoy the clever and catchy songs in this delightful piece created by John Higgins and John Jacobson.
Day/Time: Monday August 8 – Friday, August 12 (1 week)
Performance: Friday, August 12 at 2pm
SCIENCE FAIR SPECTACULAR / RISING STARS / AGES 5-7 / $400
Our students will have an exciting time combining science and music in this outstanding musical written specifically for this age group! A musical about great scientists, we meet Einstein, Marie Curie, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and others who sing a musically varied score with clever lyrics, and deliver witty dialog that is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike! Book by Sonya Piper and Music by Mark Burrows.
Day/Time: Monday August 29 – Friday, September 2 (1 week)
Performance: Friday, September 2 at 2pm
SOLD OUT OFFERINGS
DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL / JUNIOR PLAYERS / AGES 13-18 / $800
Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films! Book and Additional Lyrics by Nick Blaemire, Music Adaptation and Vocal Arrangements by Madeline Smith.
In the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: Should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?
ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA KIDS / CENTER STAGE / AGES 8-11 / $500
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from Mel Stuart’s classic 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new tunes, this scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.
THE MOST EPIC BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER / CENTER STAGE / AGES 8-11 / $500
Skyler is about to turn 12, and she’s planned the biggest celebration of the year. But in the middle of the party, something mysterious happens – all the adults suddenly vanish! Trapped in the backyard, the kids realize they must create a brand new society. However, when they elect Skyler’s older brother, Charlie, as their ruler, things really begin to spin out of control. Eventually the kids learn a big lesson in responsibility, while Skyler and Charlie develop a greater respect for one another. Book, music, and lyrics by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey.
Ogunquit Playhouse Arts Academy provides world-class theatre education in the form of courses, camps, and workshops, from working Broadway and Regional Theatre professionals, to children and young adults particularly those who may not otherwise have access to such resources nor this level of focused study and attention.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Scholarship dollars are available for our Summer programs. If you have students who are interested in participating in these programs, please take a few minutes and fill out the application.
Those applying for scholarships will be awarded a percentage discount for the calendar year. For example: If the award is 75%, every 2022 program for which the student registers they will pay 25% of the total cost. APPLY TODAY!