Acting & Performing Arts Camps

Acting Camps - Oglebay Institute

2021 Summer Day Camps are now online for viewing only. The member’s only registration period takes place March 8-10. During this time, OI members may call to register for their desired camps. Public registration opens March 11.

If you are not an OI member and wish to take advantage of the member’s only registration period, click here to purchase a membership or call 304-242-4200.

Performing arts camps give young people the opportunity to learn from seasoned actors and experience the joy, pride, praise and sense of accomplishment that comes with performing in front of a live audience. Camps enhance fundamental life skills such as teamwork, patience, mutual respect, self-confidence, tolerance and creative problem solving. Kids also explore how to create characters, props, costumes and scenery. 

Camps are held at Towngate Theatre unless otherwise noted.

June 7-11, 2021: Fairy Tale Camp (NEW!)
Learn about acting through exercises in teamwork, improvisation, concentration, voice and body language. Led by the Towngate artistic staff, campers will create several short plays adapted from popular fairy tales to perform at 2pm on the final day of camp.

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Ages: entering grade 1- enterting grade 2
Meets: 9am-3pm June 7-11
Begins: Monday, June 7
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson, Dave Henderson and P.D. Gregg

$150/$128 OI members

Acting Camp 
Session 1: June 14-18, 2021
Session 2: June 21-25, 2021
Session 3: June 28-July 2, 2021
Learn the basic elements of acting while rehearsing a short play determined on the first day of camp. Enhance vocal and physical skills through warm-up exercises, play acting games and have free time to dress-up and play with props. Campers must be available at 2pm on Friday for a performance.

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Ages: entering grade 3 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9-3pm June 14-18 or June 21-25 or June 28-July 2
Begins: Monday, June 14 or June 21 or June 28
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson, Dave Henderson, & P.D. Gregg

$150/$130 OI members

July 12-26, 2021: Improvisation Camp
Use your imagination to create a scene that is inspired by a simple one-word suggestion. This “short form” improvisation camp will end with a performance of “Whose Turn is it Anyway?” at 2pm on Friday.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 12-16
Begins: Monday, July 12
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150/$130 OI members

July 19-23, 2021: Costume Design Camp
Explore the art of costuming by creating characters from start to finish. Students will receive a photo portfolio of their work at the end of camp.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 19-23
Begins: Monday, July 19
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Dave Henderson

$110/$95 OI members

July 26-30, 2021: Set Construction Camp
A hands-on opportunity to create scenery for the stage from start to finish for an upcoming Parcel Players production.

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Ages: entering grade 5 – entering grade 8
Meets: 9am-3pm July 26-30
Begins: Monday, July 26
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Dave Henderson & P.D. Gregg

$110/$95 OI members