Young Performer’s Camp


The Lakewood Young Performers Camp offers children the opportunity to grow creatively in a professional theater setting. A non-residential day camp at Lakewood Theater, the nation’s oldest summer theater, YPC is open to youth 7 – 18 years old who want to learn theater craft from theater professionals. Every camper will perform in costume and make-up before a set and an audience.

During the day, the campers will be instructed in acting, improvisation, movement, stage make-up, costuming, set construction, voice, dance and auditioning. In addition to learning theater craft, the program has been designed to teach children the importance of working together as a team, with emphasis on group activities that build skills in communication, decision-making, coping and physical mobility.

Camp sessions are held Monday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a public performance of the play on the Saturday at the end of the session.  Recreation will be provided every day. Tuition for all regular YPC sessions is $365.00. This includes your non-refundable $40.00 registration fee. Tuition includes scripts.

Cost of tech & tour camp is $465.00. This includes the regular two week session of camp and the week of touring.


Teen, Tech & Tour

Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the tunes of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good, with hit songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Roar”, “How Will I Know”, “Unwritten”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Man I Feel Like a Woman”, “King of Anything”, and “Heartbreaker”

For teens ages 13 and up 
July 1 - 5 & July 8 - 12 
Performance July 13 & 20 @ 10 AM 
Touring July 15 - 19

Midge Merrill-Pomelow, Artistic Director For teens ages 13 and up 
(no camp on July 4th)


Those rats are taking over Hamelin, and nobody, including the greed mayor, knows what to do.  Just when things can’t get any worse, who should turn up but an odd young gentleman who calls himself the Pied Piper?  The town agrees to pay a fee for the Pied Piper to get rid of the pests, so he disposes of the cheese nibblers, as promised. However, the townsfolk now claim they are too poor to pay!

For young people ages 7 and up 
July 22 – 26 & July 29 – August 2 , 
Performance August 3 @ 10 AM 
Midge Pomelow, Artistic Director


A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy. The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen rabbit for a time. ... The rabbit becomes the boy's favorite toy, enjoying picnics with him in the spring; and the boy regards the rabbit as 'REAL'.

There was once a velveteen rabbit,

and in the beginning he was really splendid.

"Real" is a magical word to the Velveteen Rabbit -- he doesn't know quite what it means. But the Skin Horse, who is old and wise, knows, and he shares the secret: Being Real means being loved.

For young people ages 7 and up 
August 5 - 9 & August 12 – 16 
Performance August 17 @ 10 AM