The Summer of Stories

We're excited to announce our 2018 summer camp lineup! We believe everyone has a voice. Influenced by unique, book-based themes, our summer camp programs are designed to build confidence, strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of ensemble and community. Camps for young people entering grades one through 12 focus on individual and collective skill development in a fun, supportive, process-based environment.

  • Courses are designed to meet the needs of all levels of experience
  • Instructor to student ratio is 1:10 to ensure quality training
  • Campers are grouped by age in order to provide age-appropriate instruction
  • Courses are taught by local professional artists and educators

Register by Feb. 28 and save $50 off the prices listed below! 

Payment plans are available, and Before Care and After Care are available. To learn more, scroll down to the FAQ section below.

Time Travel with Madeleine L'Engle

June 4 – 8 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

Believing takes practice! Be transported through time and space as we explore the classic tale of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Performers travel to new and distant lands, pitting good against evil as they write their own scenes and create worlds through theatre crafts.

Courses Include:  Playwriting, Theatre Crafts, Improvisation, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is May 30.


The Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling

June 11-15 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

Accio imagination! Enter the extraordinary world of J.K Rowling where wizards duel and magical creatures roam. Performers are sorted into houses, learn the dueling arts, create potions and design their own wizarding school attire.

Courses Include:  Acting, Theatre Crafts, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is June 6.


Performance Academy: PETER PAN

June 11-29 | Tuition: $995

Incoming third to 12th grades

Think happy thoughts and let your imagination take flight! This three-week Performance Academy camp helps you gain a deeper understanding of blocking and rehearsal practices while putting together a non-musical production of Peter Pan.

Courses Include:  Acting, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Rehearsal and Performance

Performance:  June 29, at 6 p.m.

Session deadline is June 6.


The Topsy Turvey World of Dr. Seuss

June 18-22 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

Oh, the things you can think! How many thinks can you think at drama camp? Enter the zany world of Dr. Seuss in this exciting week of puppet-making and physical comedy during which performers invent characters and enact beloved stories from Dr. Seuss.

Courses Include:  Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Improvisation, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is June 6.


The Magical Musical Theatre of Roald Dahl

June 25-29 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

What you imagine can sometimes come true! The exciting stories of Roald Dahl have been turned into some of the most beloved and popular musicals on Broadway. In addition to learning introductory dance, singing and acting, groups learn selections from Matilda, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach!

Courses Include:  Singing, Dancing, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is June 13.


The Fantastical Kingdoms of C.S. Lewis

July 9-13 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

Have you dreamed of magic such as this? Travel to the fantastical realms of C.S. Lewis in this weeklong adventure where performers develop magical creatures who join in on the valiant battle to protect the kingdom.

Courses Include:  Stage Combat, Character Creation, Improvisation, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is June 27.


Performance Academy: MYTHS & MONSTERS

July 9-27 | Tuition: $995

Incoming seventh to 12th grades

Delve into the world of heroes, mystical beings and magical creatures! Tap into the stuff of legends to write, devise and perform a play from scratch in this three-week Performance Academy camp!

Courses Include:  Devised Acting, Ensemble-based Movement, Playwriting, Sound Effects Design, Stage Combat, Design Bootcamp, Character Creation, Improvisation, Rehearsal and Performance

Performance:  July 27, at 5:30 p.m.

Session deadline is June 27.


The Marvelous Adventures of Stan Lee

July 16-20 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

Avengers assemble! We are calling all superheroes, villains and masterminds to bring to life the marvelous world of comic book genius Stan Lee. Performers create a theme song and sound effects to accompany epic fights between the superheroes and villains.

Courses Include:  Sound Design, Stage Combat, Improvisation, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is July 11.


The Tragic Tales of Lemony Snickett

July 23-27 | Tuition: $295

Incoming first to 10th grades

What might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey. Join us as we discover, design and create the mysterious world of Lemony Snickett. Performers develop exciting characters that will entice the imagination.

Courses Include:  Design Bootcamp, Character Creation, Improvisation, Acting, Rehearsal and Performance

Session deadline is July 11.


Summer Theatre Day Camp

Introduce the young theatre fans in your life to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for a one-week theatre camp! Each week offers five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. All lessons lead up to a 10-minute performance piece for friends and family to attend on the last day of camp. This camp is for students entering grades one to 10. Classes and themes vary each session for campers interested in joining multiple weeks!

Performance Academy

This process-based performance program is for theatre enthusiasts entering grades three through 12 who want to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. During each session, campers will take classes and rehearse a play to be performed with limited sets and costumes for friends and family at the end of the week. Performance Academy will hold three-week camps at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. No auditions necessary! Roles will be assigned on the first day of camp and lead roles may be double-cast to increase the learning experience for student performers.

Before and After Care

The Playhouse also offers before and after care for parents who need more flexibility. Before care runs from 8 to 9 a.m.; after care runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. You'll be offered the option of purchasing before care and/or after care after you select your camp.



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General Camp Information

Students arrive at camp by 9 a.m. and sign in at the check-in table before joining their group. After morning assembly and warm ups in their small groups, campers and their counselors go to class sessions taught by our theatre education professionals.

We have one snack break throughout the day and a one-hour lunch break. Snacks and lunch are not provided.

The camp day concludes with an all-camp assembly and dismissal at 4:30 p.m.

Yes, we have both Before Care and After Care available. These programs are provided at an additional fee and are not included in the planned camp day activities. Snacks for this time are welcome but not provided.

Before Care and After Care must be purchased separately online or through the Box Office. The cost of each is $30 per week/session.

Before Care runs from 8 to 9 a.m.
After Care runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For students not enrolled in Before Care, we will begin checking in students at 8:45 a.m. If your child is not enrolled in After Care and is not picked up by 4:45 p.m., you will be charged the extended care rate for the week.

Parents are asked to pull into our driveway circle, drop off your child at our front doors and exit through the lower level of the garage. Your camper will come in through the main doors and check in at the sign-in table before heading upstairs for morning assembly. If we haven’t received a medical form by the first day, we ask that you walk your camper inside of the building where our camp staff will provide you with the forms to fill out before leaving your child at camp.


Please follow our drive around the parking garage on the back side. Campers will be waiting on the top level of the garage with camp staff. We ask that you park your car and walk up to sign your child out. Anyone picking up a child from camp must be listed on their paperwork. Students will not be permitted to leave camp with anyone not authorized in advance. When picking up a child from camp, the parent or guardian must be listed on their paper work and present a valid ID.
We are unable to provide snack or lunch to campers. Please be aware that in order to serve as many students as possible, we have implemented a NO NUT rule and we cannot refrigerate or heat lunches.
Camp classes range from 15-20 students. Performance camps may reach 30 students, but will maintain a student to teacher ratio of 10:1.
Our teachers are theatre professionals with years of experience and a strong focus in education.
All children of any experience level are welcome. Our professional teachers adjust class material based on the students’ levels of experience.
Regardless of previous acting experience, we group students by age. It is our philosophy that students remain with their age peers, and the instructor can adjust teaching styles based on experience within the groups. If you have any questions about the classes, please contact us.
We ask that parents do not stay during the camp day or enter classrooms while camp is in progress. Students are less inhibited and feel more confident when adults other than the teacher are not in the room. If you need to pick up your child early, please contact the Camp Coordinator, who will retrieve your camper and bring them to you in the lobby.
Yes! Each camp session focuses on different skill sets that can be used as a standalone experience or combined to make for an even more in-depth experience with theatre.

Summer Theatre Day Camp:

All weeklong camps lead up to a 10-minute performance piece for friends and family to attend on the last day of camp. It will be performed with the other age groups at 4 p.m. in the Marx Theatre.

Performance Academy:

  • Peter Pan will perform on Friday, June 29, at 6 p.m.
  • Myths & Monsters will perform on Friday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m.


Registration Information

Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 for more details or to speak with a member of our Education team. You may also reach us via email at
Once a camp session is full, we will begin a waiting list. The list will be first come, first served. To add your name to the list, please contact the Box Office at 513-421-3888. We do ask that you consider sending your camper to a different week of camp.

There will be no refunds given after May 21 for all June camps and June 18 for all July camps. Cancellations before the refund deadline will be honored with a full refund, minus a $25 administration fee.

Refund Deadlines:

  • Sessions 1-4 and Peter Pan: May 21, 2018
  • Sessions 5-7, and Myths and Monsters: June 18, 2018
We do offer a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships for each session of camp. The deadline for scholarship requests is May 6. Please contact the Education Coordinator at 513-977-2028 with any questions.

Apply for a Scholarship:
Yes! Register by Feb. 28 and receive $50 off tuition. The discount is good for multiple weeks and children in the same household.
A confirmation email will be sent to you within 72 hours of registration, reserving your child’s place in the camp. You will receive an information email one month from the start of your camp week with an information packet. If you have any questions or you do not receive your order confirmation, please contact the Education Department at 513-977-2028 or
Yes, payment must be received at the time of registration in order to hold a place for your child in the camp, but payment plans are available through the online registration system as you are enrolling your child. Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 if you have any questions.
Early Bird Registration with discount begins on Jan. 8, 2018, and ends on Feb. 28. Regular Registration begins on March 1, 2018. You can register online or by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.

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