Upside Arts is a theatrical production company offering day and overnight summer camp programs for Seacoast area youth and teens that aims to build confidence, sense of self, and empathy through thoughtful, original, and creative storytelling.
Our playwrights for summer 2022 are Miles Burns (The Tortoise and the Hare, Life On A Plate: The Story of a Pea) and Joshua Goldberg (Belle of the Barn Dance: A Cinderella Story). Burns and Goldberg have worked with countless young performers over the years creating new plays and musicals for kids. Between them, they have written and premiered nearly 40 original works for seacoast area kids throughout the last decade.
Upside Arts Day Camp (open to ages 7-17) provides a unique summer experience with original shows written specifically for the campers! Students work together to build confidence, creativity, and develop skills needed to perform on stage, while rehearsing for a fully staged production.
Offering an immersive, thoughtful and one of a kind theatrical experience which focuses on teamwork and the creative process. Through each two week session, campers have the unique opportunity to work collaboratively together and with our staff on an original musical. Every camper plays a character written specifically to showcase their unique and special talents.
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
Early Care (8:30-9am): $50/session
After Care (4-5pm): $100/session
Camp Location: New Hampshire Theatre Project
959 Islington St #3, Portsmouth NH 03801
2022 Tuition: $650 per camper/session
An Upside Arts Day Camp T-Shirt is included with your registration!
- Referral If you refer a new camper to participate in our Day Camp sessions, both campers will receive $50 off their tuition.
- Sibling $50 off tuition for each additional registration.
- Full Summer Join us for all three sessions and receive $150 off.
- CIT $300 off tuition (Ages 15-17, must apply) *CIT Discount may not be combined with other discounts.
- *Limited scholarships are available.
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The Tortoise and the Hare
June 27 – July 8 (no camp July 4)
Performances (2) on July 9
We all know the story and the great debate it stirs… Does slow and steady win the race? A singular race perhaps not, but what about the “big race”? Join Hare and Tortoise on a life encapsulating adventure about the choices we make and the places those choices take us- Who will win the race called Life?
Belle of the Barn Dance: A Cinderella Story
July 11 – 22
Performances (2) on July 23
Do you wanna go the barn dance? Cinderell’er sure does! But with stalls to muck, cattle to feed, and her spoil’d rotten Stepmother and Stepsisters ordering her about, looks like she ain’t gonna make it. Could a wish on a shootin’ star be just enough to turn her luck around? Or does this gal with gumption already have what she needs?
Life on a Plate: The Story of a Pea
July 25 – August 5
Performances (2) on August 6
So often in this world we hear stories of greatness, stories of triumph. This is one of those stories… It’s a small story, almost unnoticeable. Life on a Plate is the heroic tale of an underdog, or in this case “the last pea on the plate,” passed over time and time again. Join Pea, Carrot, and all the other inhabitants of the fridge on an eggs-i-stential journey to food paradise.
Upside Overnight Camp offers top quality training in theatre arts from working industry professionals as well as swimming, hiking, low ropes, gaga ball, sign language, and workshops in everything from ballet to bubbles! Evening activities include campfires, Carnival, Outdoor Movie, Olympics, and Talent Shows.
Daily electives include classes in Musical Theatre, Acting, Dance, Improv, A Cappella, Songwriting, Outdoor Adventure, Arts & Crafts, and much more!
Campers will live in cabins with 6-10 of their peers, plus a Counselor in Training, and one or two Counselors. Cabin life is an opportunity for your child to find their independence in a well-supervised, supportive environment. They will learn how to coexist with their cabin-mates, learn from each other, and form bonds that will last a lifetime.
Our campers are in the best hands during their stay! Our professional staff have years of both camp and theatrical experience under their belts. Staffers come from all over including the Seacoast, Boston, New York City, and beyond!
2022 Dates: August 16-27
Camp Location: Camp North Star in Poland, ME
2022 Tuition: $1,695 per camper
An Upside Arts Overnight Camp T-Shirt is included with your registration!
- Sibling $50 off tuition for each additional registration
- Paid in Full $150 off tuition if the balance is paid in full during registration.
- CIT $400 off tuition (Ages 16-17, must apply) *The CIT Discount may not be combined with other discounts.
- *Limited scholarships are available.