Summer Camp 2018
All camps:
-run 9a-4p Mon-Thur and 9a-12p Fri, unless indicated
-are subject to a minimum and maximum enrollment
-are BYOL: Bring Your Own Lunch
-registration: $125/members, $150/non-members, unless indicated. Enroll by May 14 to lock in prices!
-after May 14, registration prices increase to $150/members, $175/non-members. On the first day of camp, provided room is still available, registration prices are $175/members, $200/non-members.
-before (7a-9a, M-F) and after (4p-7p, M-Th) care is available for an additional $20/day or $75/week.
-camp tee shirts also available for an additional cost.
-scholarships available upon request
-coupon for participation on any of our full youth productions is included with camp registration


All camps include:
-27 hours of instruction
-all required materials, including scripts that participants get to keep
-theatre games and skills
-a full-scale performance at the end of the week, free to attend!


Week 1: June 4-8, ages 6-9
The Princess and the Pea
The overbearing Queen has already determined whom her son, Prince Handsome, will marry. So when a muddy Princess Jasmine catches the Prince's eye unexpectedly, the Queen insists she pass the "pea under the mattress test" to prove she is really a princess.The Gameboy-playing king and the pompous announcer add to the merriment and happy ending.


Week 2: June 11-15, ages 12-17
Divided We Fall: A Series of Teenage Monologues
Everyone has some burden, but shared pain is always easier to bear. This monologue-based play is sure to strike the hearts of teens, showing them that any frustration, embarrassment, loneliness, and grief they are experiencing is not limited to them alone.


Week 3: June 18-22, ages 3-5
Toddler Character Movement I
The participants in this class will learn about movement as an assigned character, the character of their choice, and as self-expression. The performance on the last day will include at least one of the characters.
-AM SESSIONS ONLY 9a-1p, includes snack time
-registration: $75/members, $100/non-members


Week 4: June 25-29, ages 10-17
Write & Perform
The participants in this class will each write a scene, with the guidance of a produced playwright, collect all the necessary materials, and rehearse, each participant rotating jobs and responsibilities. The final day of camp will be a performance of all the participants' scenes.


Week 5: July 9-13, ages 9-14
How to Kill a Mockingbird
Five less-than-stellar students meet to work on their group English project. Their assigned reading: Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Unfortunately, not one of the five has actually read the book. In fact, nobody even brought a copy of the book along. Worst of all, they're not exactly sure what the title of the book even is! Thus begins a hilarious series of guesses and assumptions, which culminate in a massive conspiracy theory about the book and the true threat of mockingbirds!


Week 6: July 16-20, ages 8-17
Hammie: Shakespeare's Hamlet in Twenty-Five Hilarious Minutes
Written by The Downeaster's own Executive Artistic Director, Hammie is a one-act gut-splitting version of the famous tragedy, modernized and minimalistic, with the addition of video games, corporate coffee, pop culture references, and a splash of cross-dressing. Foam swords and absurdity abound in this half-hour romp.


Week 7: July 23-27, ages 3-5
Toddler Character Movement II
The participants in this class will learn about movement as an assigned character, the character of their choice, and as self-expression. The performance on the last day will include at least one of the characters.
-AM SESSIONS ONLY 9a-1p, includes snack time
-registration: $75/members, $100/non-members


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Upcoming Adult Auditions:

  • Ring Around Rosalie: by appointment only


No need to prepare anything - auditions will consist of a cold read from the script.

Submit a Play to our First Ever Staged Reading Weekend!

  • ​Submissions are now closed. Please check again next spring!
  • It is our goal to notify our selections by May 1.
  • ​Stay tuned for our lineup announcement! 
  • ​Want to be part of a reading!? Let us know!

Current Opportunities:

  • Internships for high school seniors or college students. Use the contact us to send us your theatre resume and set up an interview!
  • Assistant Director positions open! Send your theatre resume and a statement as to why you want to AD at The Downeaster and which production(s) speak(s) to you and why.
  • Set Design and Construction: Help design and build awesome sets for our upcoming productions! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Costuming: Help shape the characters this season with wardrobe! Send photos of previous work and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Lights: Light up the stage! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Props: Create the world of each production with props! Let us know your previous experience and which productions you are most interested in.
  • Board Members: contact us with your interest!
  • Volunteers: construction, painting, box office, concessions, ushers, fliering, audition assistants, and merchandise sales.

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Upcoming Youth Auditions:​​

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream:​ May 31 & June 1, 630-830om and June 2, 10a-noon.


Audition Workshops are 530-630 on the first day of auditions. Get comfortable with the Director and Assistant Director and the space before your audition for only $5!


Auditions are rolling, so come anytime during any audition session. And no need to prepare anything - auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. If you would like to read the script in advance, you are welcome to stop by the office to borrow one ($10 deposit in case of loss or damage required).


If cast, youth participants must pay a fee to be involved. We offer scholarships if this is an issue for anyone, no questions asked!