July 29, 2011


Join the 2011 Playmakers for an unforgettable performance live on stage Friday, August 5th at 7:00 and Saturday, August 6th at 3:00 at the Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre.  This year’s performance is a series of fairy tale skits…with a twist.  Think Fairy Tales meet Saturday Night Live.  What would happen if a cleanup crew followed Hansel and Gretel?  Would Snow White really be charmed to live with a constant grump, a constant sneezer and a constant snorer?

This year, thirty-two campers between the ages of 8 and 14 and seven staff members took a hard look at the funnier side of some classic fairy tales and created some terrific stories and characters.  The Saturday Night Live style show is complete with commercials also created by the Playmakers.  “Rehearsals, costume creation and set development are in full swing and the energy level is high,” commented Lucia Foster, Executive Director of the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.  Foster continued, “After our five week session, the campers have a better understanding of their strengths on stage and the help each other foster those strengths.  It’s a thrill to see it all coming together.”  A three year camp veteran, ten year old, Will Cammerzell  said, “Some kids get to be funny, some get to be serious and if you ever wanted to be a fairy princess, there’s a lot of them in this show!” Cammerzell continued, “It’s fun to see kids who you think are kind of shy.  On stage, all the sudden, they’re not so shy anymore.  Playmakers helps us feel more confident. I can’t wait to do the show.”

Admission to both performances is free but donations are welcome and help offset significant costs associated with performances.  An open dress rehearsal will also be held on Thursday evening at 7:00.  The Playmakers shows are always standing room only, so get there early to get a good seat!

Can’t get enough Playmakers?  Then you’re in luck.  A new camp, Playmakers at the Station runs from August 11th through August 19th. Playmakers at the Station is an interactive camp that will engage the whole Playmaker, with a dual focus on theatrical and visual arts.  Campers will have the opportunity to improve theatre fundamentals with improvisation, character development, stage presence and movement.  Playmakers will also have the opportunity to improve visual arts fundamentals with mask making, costuming and stagecraft.  All of the campers will work on creating a final production during their week that will be performed on the last Friday of camp.  Tuition for camp is $200 for seven full days, and includes all supplies.

For more information about Playmakers, their upcoming performance or the Garfield Center for the Arts visit or call 410-810-2060.