StarCatchers Summer Theater Camp
Proudly Offered by The Bucks County Playhouse & Solebury School
Campers will experience the theatrical process from start to finish as they collaborate to produce a musical theater performance. Their journey will include instruction in acting, singing, and dancing, as well as how to put it all together to form strong characters for our performance. Whether your child is going on stage for the first time or is a seasoned veteran, they will thoroughly enjoy this camp and will cap off their experience with performances at Solebury School on the final days of camp.
Periodically, campers will also meet actors and creative team members from shows in production at the Playhouse, as well as artists visiting from Broadway and beyond. Campers will also attend one performance at the Playhouse as a field trip.
Summer 2017 Production: Peter Pan Jr.
Grades: 4th grade - 12th grade
Dates: Monday, June 26th through Saturday, July 15th
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
End-of-Camp Performances: Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th, in Solebury's Barn Theater
Cost: $925 (includes hot lunch every day through the three-week session). Additional campers from the same family receive a $95 discount. A deposit of $150 for each camper is due with registration, refundable up until April 1. Balance due in full by June 1.
Aftercare: We offer afternoon care until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $25 per day or $100 per child per week. You can pay for this service up front if you know how often you will be using it, or you may use it on an as-needed basis and pay throughout the summer.
Please email Rebecca Wilschutz or call her at 216-570-4829 if you have any questions about StarCatchers Summer Theater Camp.
Meet Your Instructors
Rebecca Wilschutz has been involved in theater for the past 20 years, having been the Artistic Director for the Streetsboro Regional Theatre. She was a professional dancer with companies in West Virginia and Germany, where she choreographed for a professional theater. Former students now appear on TV, Broadway and tours as well as study in top conservatory programs across the country. She teaches dance, musical theater and drama at Solebury School and has taught Musical Theatre Dance for the Bucks County Playhouse. Currently, she is choreographing a TV show in development for Nickelodeon. She is a seven-time Ovations award-winning choreographer with a degree in theater education from Hiram College.
Joining Rebecca this summer will be professional costumer Wendy Erholm of Cleveland, Ohio. She has been costuming shows for the past 10 years and has worked with Rebecca to costume the Ohio premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie along with youth theater productions of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Fairy Tale Courtroom. She is currently the head costumer for Stagecrafters in Beachwood, Ohio.
Cathy Block has been a music educator for over 20 years. Currently, she is Solebury School's music director for Jazz Ensemble, Rock Ensemble, and teaches several music electives. An accomplished flutist, she teaches flute, guitar, ukulele, banjo and composition, and performs regularly at schools and libraries, including workshops on song writing, and flute master classes.
Cathy is also an accomplished songwriter. Diana Ross, Kool & The Gang, Al Jarreau, New Edition and The Manhattans are some of the artists that have recorded her songs. Her song "Never Explain Love" was featured as the closing credit song in the Spike Lee motion picture Do The Right Thing. Her album of original music for children, Timeless, earned the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award for Children’s Best Audio by The American Library Association’s Book List. Timeless also garnered The Toy Portfolio Platinum Award for Best Audio. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also has studied at The Boston Conservatory of Music.
About the Bucks County Playhouse
Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a grist mill dating from the late eighteenth century. Ironically, the structure was at that time in danger of demolition; however playwright Moss Hart and the local community rallied to save the building and re-opened it as a theatrical venue, which quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, with a veritable who’s who of American theatrical royalty including Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen and Walter Matthau and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. Thanks to the Bridge Street Foundation, the non-profit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, this beloved theatrical landmark was re-opened and celebrated on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and day from when it originally opened in 1939.