StarCatchers Theater Camp and Scenic Arts Camp
Registration opens February 1 for returning families and February 10 for all other families
Sponsored by the Bucks County Playhouse and Solebury School
Announcing our summer 2021 production... Aladdin Jr.!
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- Theater Camp Grades: rising 4th grade – rising 12th grade
- Scenic Arts Grades: rising 7th – rising 12th grade
- Dates: June 28 - July 17
- Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Proudly offered by Solebury School and the Bucks County Playhouse, 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.
Four End-of-Camp Performances: Two on Friday, July 16th and two on Saturday, July 17th, in Solebury's Barn Theater. *Attendance at all four performances is mandatory.*
Theater Scenic Arts Camp
This three-week camp launched in the summer of 2018 and, like our Theater Camp, is sponsored by Solebury School and the Bucks County Playhouse. It's run by Peter Martino, Solebury School's Theater Tech Director, who teaches campers the ins and outs of working backstage at a real theater production! Highlights of the program include:
- Creating props from a variety of materials that help bring a magical world to life
- Developing scenic painting techniques, turning raw materials into a beautiful land that transports the audience into the action
- Learning the basics of lighting design to enhance the look of the sets and light the action of the show
- Gaining experience working backstage while running multiple live shows in front of an audience
This program runs in conjunction with the StarCatchers Theater Camp and will provide the techinical support for their four shows; two on Friday, July 16th and two on Saturday, July 17th. Attendance is mandatory for all four shows.
COSTS FOR SUMMER 2021
$975 for all three weeks per camper
Discounts for multiple campers per family: $100 off total cost per additional camper
The registration fee includes all activities and trips, insurance, materials, lunch and snacks, and a T-shirt for each child. A deposit of $300 for each camper is due with registration. All camp payments are due May 1, 2021. Any camper that is not paid in full forfeits their deposit and will lose their spot in camp.
Full registration refunds will be granted up to May 1 (minus 5% processing fee). Deposits will not be refunded after May 1. In the event that Solebury School must cancel camp, all balances will be deposited minus the 5% processing fee.
Meet Your Instructors
Rebecca Wilschutz has been involved in theater for the past 30 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. She is a seven-time Ovations award-winning choreographer with a degree in theater education from Hiram College.
After nearly a decade as a set designer at the Bucks County Playhouse, Peter Martino became Solebury School's Theater Tech Director in fall 2015 and has since wowed Solebury's audiences with his brilliant sets. He's also brought theater tech, formerly an after-school activity, into the school day as a credited class.
Professional costumer Wendy Erholm of Cleveland, Ohio, 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.