Frequently Asked Questions
 


Camp Logistics

Students arrive at camp between 8:45 and 9 a.m. and sign in with the counselors before joining their group. After morning assembly and warm-ups, campers and their counselors go to class sessions taught by our theatre education professionals.

We have two snack breaks throughout the day and a one-hour lunch break. Snacks and lunch are not provided. The camp day concludes with an all-camp assembly and dismissal at 4:30 p.m.

Before Care and After Care are available the Playhouse and in Mason. Registration for Mason must be purchased through their website and is operated by the Mason Community Center. Pro-rating is not available for individual day usage. For students not enrolled in Before Care, we will begin checking in students at 8:45 a.m. If your child is not enrolled in After Care and is not picked up by 4:45 p.m., you will be charged the extended care rate for the week. Prices listed cover one full week of Before Care or After Care, and are available as add-ons when you purchase your camp.

• Before Care at the Playhouse: 8 - 9 a.m. ($30)
• After Care at the Playhouse: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ($30)

• Before Care in Mason: 8 - 9 a.m. ($30)
• After Care in Mason: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. ($25)

Pick-up and drop-off procedures will vary by location. All information will be emailed to parents prior to camp starting. Anyone picking up a child from camp must be listed on their paperwork. Students will not be permitted to leave camp with anyone who is not authorized in advance. When picking up a child from camp, the parent or guardian must be listed on their paper work and present a valid ID.

We do not provide snack or lunch to campers in full-day and Performance Academy camps. Please be aware that in order to serve as many students as possible, we have implemented a NO NUT rule, and we cannot refrigerate or heat lunches.

Camp classes vary depending on location and camp type. At this time, camp sizes are reduced from their regular numbers to allow for appropriate social distancing based on CDC-approved guidelines. We will continue to monitor and possibly increase camp sizes if guidelines relax moving forward.

Our teachers are theatre professionals with years of experience and a strong focus on education.

All children of any experience level are welcome. Our professional teachers adjust class material based on the students’ levels of experience.

Regardless of previous acting experience, we group students by age. It is our philosophy that students remain with their age peers, and the instructor can adjust teaching styles based on experience within the groups. If you have any questions about the classes, please contact us.

We ask that parents do not stay during the camp day or enter classrooms while camp is in progress. Students are less inhibited and feel more confident when adults other than the teacher are not in the room. If you need to pick up your child early, please contact the Camp Coordinator, who will retrieve your camper and bring them to you in the lobby.

Yes! Each camp session focuses on different skill sets that can be used as a standalone experience or combined to make for an even more in-depth experience with theatre.

SUMMER THEATRE DAY CAMPS
All four-day and one-week camps lead up to an informal sharing of a five to 10-minute scene for friends and family to attend on the last day of camp. It will be performed with the other age groups at 4 p.m. Given that the goal of Summer Theatre Camp is to develop fundamental skills and teach theatre process, there are no costumes, props or scenery used during the informal sharing of work.


PERFORMANCE ACADEMIES
Performance Academy presentations include limited sets and costumes.

• Disney's Mary Poppins, Jr. — Friday, June 25, at 4:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
• A Play a Day Friday, July 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Mason
• Disney's 
101 Dalmatians KIDS Friday, July 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Mason
• Role Players Camp: Literary Characters
Friday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Mason
Clue: On Stage (High School Edition) — Friday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
• Role Players Camp: Literary Characters 
Friday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
• Disney's 
101 Dalmatians KIDSFriday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Playhouse
• A Play a Day
Friday, July 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the Playhouse
• Role Players Camp: Historical Characters
Friday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m. at the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal

In addition to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, this year we are offering camps at the following locations:

Mason Middle School (Auditorium)
6370 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040

Mason Community Center

6050 Mason Montgomery Rd. Mason, OH 45040

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45203

We are excited that preparations for our new mainstage theatre complex and other renovations will begin this summer. As a result, it is necessary for us to go offsite for some of our camp programs again this year.

CLOTHING
This is a movement-based camp, and all classes will require campers to be able to move around safely. Please ensure that your child wears clothing and close-toed shoes in which they can move easily and comfortably. They may be moving exuberantly, sitting on the floor, learning choreography and using craft supplies or paint. In movement and acting classes the campers often sit and lay on the floor while they stretch and play with character movement and breathing practices. Please make sure that if skirts or wide-legged shorts are worn, leggings accompany them so that campers are covered during those activities. If a camper comes in a skirt or wide-legged shorts without leggings, we will have to call and ask for a pair of leggings to be brought to camp.

Clothing NOT permitted includes:

• Jeans
• Open-toed sandals
• Sagging pants
• Midriffs or visible bra straps

 

FOOTWEAR
All shoes must have a back on their shoe and be closed-toed. We highly recommend tennis shoes, but other soft-soled shoes are okay as well. Dance shoes are not necessary for musical theatre camps but welcome for those who have them and would like to wear them during classes and rehearsal.

Footwear NOT permitted includes:

• Flip-flops, crocs or other loose sandals
• High heels
• Wheelies

If flip-flops are worn to camp, we will have to call and ask for another pair of shoes to be brought to camp. The activities in acting, movement and improvisation classes require secure footwear for safe participation.

All electronics, toys and valuable items should be kept at home. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items.

We subscribe to the Positive Discipline model of behavior management at all Playhouse camp locations. If campers are participating in disruptive behavior, our instructors and counselors first use positive reinforcement and redirection to help them identify what is causing the behavior, and then figure out strategies for making better choices.
In cases where the behavior continues, the following steps are taken. These are also shared with the campers on the first day of camp after going over the rules and expectations for camp:

1. Warning
2. Sit out from activity
3. Conversation with the camp’s site leader
4. Speak with director of education and community engagement
5. Call home/Conversations with parents or guardians
6. Removal from camp

In cases where camp staff are concerned that the behavior of a camper is harmful to themselves, other campers, staff or their surroundings, steps may be bypassed in order to address the situation.


Registration

Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 for more details or to speak with a member of our Education team. You may also reach us via email at summercamp@cincyplay.com.

Once a camp session is full, we will begin a waiting list. The list will be first come, first served. To add your name to the list, please contact the Box Office at 513-421-3888. We do ask that you consider sending your camper to a different week of camp.

There will be no refunds given after May 27, 2021, for all June camps and June 24, 2021, for all July camps. Cancellations before the refund deadline will be honored with a full refund, minus a $25 administration fee.

Full- and partial-tuition scholarships are available to students who can demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are limited, and awards will be determined based on need. The deadline to apply for scholarships online is May 5. Applicants will be notified of awards no later than May 11. Submit your application here.

Please contact the Education Coordinator at 513-977-2028 with any questions.

We will offer a multi-camp discount of $15 per camp for three or more camps purchased between March 2 and May 3.

*To get the multi-camp discount with a Mason camp, call the Education Department at 513-977-2028 between March 2 and May 3.

 

A confirmation email will be sent to you within 72 hours of registration, reserving your child’s place in the camp. You will receive an informational email one month before the start of your camp week with additional information. If you have any questions or you do not receive your order confirmation, please contact the Education Department at 513-977-2028 or summercamp@cincyplay.com.

Yes. Payment must be received at the time of registration in order to hold a place for your child in the camp, but payment plans are available through the online registration system as you enroll your child. Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 if you have any questions.

You can register for camps at www.cincyplay.com/camp. The Playhouse Box Office is available at 513-421-3888 to answer questions, but registration cannot be done over the phone.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Comes First

Camp sizes will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing based on CDC-approved guidelines. We will continue to monitor and possibly increase camp sizes if guidelines relax moving forward.

We currently anticipate that students and teachers will wear face masks at all times.

All class spaces and high-touch areas will be thoroughly cleaned utilizing current CDC-approved disinfecting procedures and solutions.

Health checks will be conducted before students can enter the building each day.

Some classes may be held outdoors.

Students should not attend if they aren’t feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

We will communicate detailed safety procedures and any adjustments prior to the start of each camp session.

View the Camp Grid

Need a quick one-stop guide to our 2021 summer camp sessions? Click below to view the calendar grid and see how sessions overlap at different locations.

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