Amidst the thick forest of Caledonia State Park in Michaux State Forest, children and teens will be found singing, dancing and acting.   Enrollment is now open for Totem Pole Playhouse’s Theatrical Summer Camps and with our current, amended Covid 19 Health Policies and Procedures in place, we can promise a safe environment for all involved.  Shippensburg resident and Drama Teacher, Luke Reed has been appointed Director of Children’s Theatre & Educational Outreach and will take the lead on this summer’s camps.  Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he has been working steadily in the field of theatrical arts.  Most notably he was a longtime member of the internationally acclaimed and awarded Department of Education at Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company.  Luke has also been a tremendous asset to Totem Pole and has Stage Managed, Directed and Choreographed several different productions.

SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – Campers will access and explore Shakespeare’s timeless language, characters, and stories.  Instruction will focus on bringing the text alive, creative play, and dynamic scene work, culminating in a performance of the Bard’s work performed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

Two Week Intensive for those going into the 5th Grade through the 8th Grade

Two Week Intensive for those going into the 9th Grade through the 12th Grade

CREATIVE DRAMATICS INTENSIVE – Creative Dramatics is an improvisational, non-scripted, form of dramatic play that helps children explore their imaginations to their fullest potential.  This work is authentic, brave and confidence building, helping campers develop a profound sense of awareness and self-esteem, while bringing out the magic in every child.  A short performance highlighting their work will be preformed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

One week Intensive for those going into the 2nd Grade through the 5th Grade

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – Campers will become a company of young actors, experiencing all aspects of producing a show.  Instruction will focus on character creation, self-discovery, and becoming a valued part of a working theatre company.  The intensive will culminate in a fully realized stage musical, performed in one of our scenic outdoor spaces.

Three week Intensive for those going into the 5th Grade through the 10th Grade

“This summer is going to be fabulous.  We have an amazing group of counselors and staff that are poised and ready to share their talents with children thirsty for the dramatics,” stated Sue McMurtray, Director of Marketing & Communications.   “Partial and Full scholarships are also being awarded thanks to generous sponsors like the Rotary Club of Chambersburg.” said James Nadeau, Interim Executive Director.

Where: Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Rd, Fayetteville, PA 17222

When: SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – June 21 through July 2

CREATIVE DRAMATICS – July 12 through July 16

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – July 19 through August 6

Camp Schedule: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost:   SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE – $200.00 per week for 2 weeks – Total $400.00

CREATIVE DRAMATICS – $250.00 per week for 1 weeks – Total $250.00

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE – $200.00 per week for 3 weeks – Total $600.00

Class sizes are limited; please contact 717-352-2164 option 1 or email for more information