2024 playmakers dates

8-11 AGE GROUP FULL – click here to join the waitlist

Playmakers Theatre Camp


2024 Dates: June 24 – July 19
Mon – Fri – camp will not meet on the 4th of July!

Ages & Rates: 8-11 $400  / Ages 12-15 $450

Time: Monday – Friday 9am-2:30pm

Arrival: 8:30 AM
Start: 9:00 AM
Finish: 2:30 PM (pick up until 3:00 PM)

Final Production Dates: Friday, July 19 @ 7pm, Saturday, July 20 @ 7pm, Sunday, July 21 @ 2pm -FREE/$5 suggested donation

Director: Kaitlyn Wright

Production: The Enchanted Bookshop by Todd Wallinger

Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp at The Garfield Center For The Arts is provided for children ages 8-15. The summer camp program runs four weeks, culminating in two evening performances and a matinee performance that includes all participants.


Hedgelawn Summer Series:

Each year a portion of the Playmakers experience at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre includes three interactive performances in addition to putting on their own production. These shows, sponsored by The Hedgelawn Foundation, feature multicultural artists who introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Past performers have included dancers, musicians, storytellers, and puppeteers.

For 2024:

The Hedgelawn Foundation presents storytellers Tahira and Noa Baum at the GCA July 2, 3

Young theatre campers who attend the Garfield Center for the Arts’ Playmakers program are treated each summer to additional events that are simultaneously entertaining and educational in nature. These performances, by Maryland artists, bring other performance perspectives to the campers beyond the theatre skills opportunities that the Playmakers program already provides them.

This additional programming is funded by the Hedgelawn Foundation and is free to the public. Due to camp time hours, the presentations occur during the early afternoon. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to just show up at the theatre within a half hour of the presentation start time. Tickets are not required.

Appearing on Tuesday, July 2, starting at 1 PM is TAHIRA. A storyteller, poet, vocalist, and musician with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre, she has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil! Since 1996, TAHIRA has been a full-time performing and teaching artist. Whether performing her original works or her vast repertoire of stories from the African oral tradition, she brings to her audience messages of courage, hope, and spiritual strength. Blending, song, poetry, and story in a high-energy performance TAHIRA captivates and enthralls audiences in schools, libraries, festivals, and social services organizations nationally and internationally. TAHIRA is the 2000 Recipient of the Delaware Division of Arts Fellowship in the Established Professional category for her outstanding contributions to Oral Literature. She will present her program “(LOL) Literacy Out Loud.”

Appearing on Wednesday, July 3, starting at 1:30 PM is NOA BAUM. Israeli-born Noa Baum is an internationally-acclaimed storyteller who uses mesmerizing voices, impeccable timing, and warm authenticity to captivate audiences and confront important topics, such as bullying and intolerance. Noa shares stories from diverse cultures and her own rich Jewish heritage to highlight our similarities and celebrate our differences. Noa was awarded the 2014 Storytelling World Award for her CD “Impossible to Translate But I’ll Try: True Life Israeli Stories.” Trained in theater and education at New York University, Noa is a Parents’ Choice Award winner and recipient of awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Montgomery County Arts Council. She presents her program “Ancient Glories: Stories from Greek Mythology.”

The Hedgelawn Foundation supports the arts and humanities of the Delmarva Peninsula, with a primary focus on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, including the visual and performing arts, arts education, libraries and museums, historical research and publication.  The Foundation supports the natural environment, with a primary focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including efforts that promote stewardship, sustainability and protection of our natural resources.  The Foundation also supports historical research and publication for the study and appreciation of the history and culture of Venice, Northeast Italy and the former Venetian Empire. The Hedgelawn Foundation values fairness and justice for all, variety, multiplicity and intersectionality, authentic representation, empowered participation, and full access.


The Garfield Center has announced the 2024 Playmakers Director and production title and the date of open registration for this summer’s camp. For scheduling reasons, the camp starts a little earlier this year, with the first date of camp beginning June 24th and the camp-ending performance weekend on July 19, 20 and 21. A well-loved and successful theatrecraft and acting camp for young aspiring performers ages 8 through 15, the Garfield Center’s registration begins Friday, March 1st, and can be done by visiting https://www.garfieldcenter.org/camps/.

Playmakers’ 2024 production is “The Enchanted Bookshop,” by Todd Wallinger. The comedy takes place in a magical bookstore where great literary characters like Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Dorothy Gale, Doctor Doolittle, Tom Sawyer, Heidi, and Pollyanna, among others, spring from their respective books to come alive at night. They long to help the bookshop’s scatterbrained owner, Margie, and her struggling business, but they must follow certain rules forbidding them from leaving the shop or being seen by human eyes or they’ll disappear forever. A dilemma arises when they must foil a nighttime robbery attempt in the bookshop without being seen. It is a delightful ensemble comedy that teaches a love for reading, and all Playmakers participants will have a character role opportunity.

Returning as this summer’s Playmakers Director is Kent County Middle School teacher Kaitlyn Wright. Kaitlyn is currently a 7th grade English/Language Arts teacher at Kent County Middle School. Kaitlyn brings over a decade of experience in education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration at Salisbury University. Over the years in the classroom, she has infused her ELA curriculum with the study of drama, inviting her middle and high school students to perform and explore works spanning various genres including titles such as the science-fiction teleplay “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” and H.G. Well’s radio classic “The War of the Worlds.” She directed her first middle School production “The Big Bad Musical” at Salisbury Middle School in 2017 and was very proud to direct Kent County Middle School’s productions of “A Christmas Carol,” “The Wizard of Oz” and this year’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” in April. In addition to traditional theater, Kaitlyn spent many years serving as an appraiser for the regional and state Destination Imagination tournaments in Maryland, where she evaluated and coached countless elementary, middle, and high school teams competing in the improvisational acting and theater arts challenges. She is looking forward to returning to Playmakers this summer!

The fee for participants age 8 to 11 is $400.00 per enrollee, and the fee for participants age 12 to 15 is $450.00 per enrollee. Monday through Friday camp days start at 9:00 AM, with child drop-off beginning at 8:30 AM, and each camp day ends at 2:30 PM with child pick-up lasting until 3:00 PM. There will likely be a short day on Friday, July 19th in preparation for that evening’s opening night performance starting at 7 PM. The performance weekend will also feature a Saturday night performance at 7 PM and a Sunday matinee performance at 2 PM.

Playmakers registration slots tend to get filled quickly, so prospective participants and their parents should register early to ensure a spot in the camp.

 Youth programming is supported in part by funding from: 

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