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Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Logistics

Campers arrive at camp between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. and sign in with their counselors. Once everyone has arrived, campers head off to morning meeting and after, campers and their counselors go to classes taught by our summer camp instructors, who are all experienced teaching artists. 

In addition to two snack breaks throughout the day, there is a one-hour lunch break (please note, that snacks and lunch are not provided). The camp day concludes with an afternoon meeting and dismissal at 4 p.m.

Before and After Care are available for purchase for all locations, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ignite Institute in Erlanger and Mason Community Center/Mason Middle School. Prices listed below cover a full week and cannot be pro-rated:

Playhouse in the Park and Ignite Institute in Erlanger

Playhouse in the Park and Ignite Institute Before and After Care are available as add-ons with all camp purchases.

If your camper is not enrolled in Before Care, check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. If your child is not enrolled in After Care and is not picked up by 4:15 p.m., you will be charged the extended care rate for the week.  

  • Before Care: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ($40)
  • After Care: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ($60)

Please note: After care ends at 5:30 p.m. If campers are picked up late, there is a charge of $5 for every 10-minute increment past closing time. 

You can register for Before and After Care when you register for camp or on our website.

Mason Community Center

Mason Before and After Care is ran by and sold through Mason Community Center. Rates are determined by Mason Community Center and can be found while registering for Mason Camps. 

  • Before Care Mason: 7:30 am – 9 a.m. (Activity Code 235600)
  • After Care Mason: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Activity Code 235602)

Registration for camps at Mason Community Center begins on Feb. 16 for premiere members and on Feb. 19 for the general public.

Pick-up and drop-off procedures will vary by location. All information will be emailed to families prior to the start of camp. Anyone picking up a child from camp must be authorized to do so on the child’s registration paperwork. When picking up a child, the authorized adult must present a valid Photo ID. Campers will not be permitted to leave with anyone who is not authorized in advance and/or does not show their photo ID.

We do not provide snacks or lunch. Families are responsible for providing their own snacks and lunch for their campers.

Please note, that in order to serve as many students as possible:

  • We have implemented a strict NO NUT rule. Please pack foods that do not contain nuts.
  • We cannot refrigerate or heat lunches. Packed snacks and lunches should not contain any items that need to be kept cool or heated.

Class sizes vary depending on location, camp type and ages of enrolled campers. Our group sizes are typically at a maximum of 16 -18 per group. However, the group size may vary for Performance Academies. We may adjust group size as needed, or per area guidelines for health and safety. 

Our instructors are experienced teaching artists who are also working artists in their field. All have degrees in the arts and/or requisite professional experience and a strong focus on education.

Campers of all experience levels are welcome. We believe that theatre can be created by any person at any age. Our instructors love working with campers to learn about and create theatre, catering lesson plans to the experience levels of each camper.

We strive to create an excellent social dynamic so that campers have fun and enjoy camp. We believe this is best achieved when campers are grouped with others of similar age/grade level. We understand that campers may have friends of other ages or grades with whom they would like to be grouped. Please note, that while we take into consideration group requests, we cannot guarantee them. If you have any questions about our groupings, please contact us.

We ask that families allow campers to explore and experience camp on their own by leaving the campus during the camp day and remaining outside of classrooms while camp is in progress. Campers are less inhibited and feel more confident when families/and or guardians are not in the room. Never fear! There will be a “shareformance” at the end of the week where families can get a taste of what their camper has been learning. 

If you need to pick up your child early, please contact the Camp Coordinator, who will make arranges to retrieve your camper.

Yes! Each camp session focuses on different skill sets such as stage combat, playwriting, musical theatre and more. Both single and/or multiple camp sessions can be explored throughout the summer. 

One-Week Theatre Camps

One-week theatre camps end with an informal Shareformance to share with family and friends a snapshot of what campers have learned.  

One-Week Performance Showcases and Intensives

One-week performance showcases and intensives conclude with a showcase (without sets, props or costumes) to show family and friends a selection of work campers focused on.

Two-Week Performance Acadamies

Performance Academies conclude with a final performance, complete with sets and costumes.

Please refer to your individual camp session(s) for specific dates and times.

     Please note:

    • The Annie KIDS  Performance Academy will take place at Mason Community Center on June 3-7 and June 10-12. On June 13 and 14, it will move to Mason Middle School. 
    • The Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS Performance Academy will take place at Mason Community Center on July 22-26 and July 29-31. On August 1 and 2, it will move to Mason Middle School.
    • Families can drop off and pick up their campers from Mason Middle School.  
    • Campers who use Before or After care still have the option of starting and ending their day at Mason Community Center. They will be escorted to the Middle School by Mason Community Center staff. Please note, that this is a 10-15 minute walk.  

    This is a movement-based camp, and the activities in all classes require campers to wear appropriate clothing and secure footwear in order to participate safely. Please ensure that your child wears close-toed shoes with heel enclosures, and clothing in which they can move easily and comfortably. If skirts or wide-legged shorts are worn, leggings or under-skirt shorts will need to accompany them so that campers are covered during those activities. 

    If a camper comes to Camp in clothing or footwear that is not suitable for movement class, we may need to call home and request alternative clothing to be brought to camp. Dance shoes (without heels) are not necessary, but are welcome for those who have them and would like to wear them during musical theatre classes and rehearsal.   

    Prohibited clothing includes:

    • Any clothing that shows underwear
    • Flip-flops, crocs, open-toed shoes, sandals or other loose/unsecured shoes (shoes without heel enclosures)
    • High heels
    • Heeleys

    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 believe in the Positive Discipline model of behavior management. When needed, our instructors and counselors first use positive reinforcement and redirection to help campers identify the root of unwanted behavior and then determine strategies to help campers make better choices. 

    Campers are expected to:

    • Be kind to each other, their leaders and their surroundings  
    • Be respectful of other’s personal choices, beliefs and time
    • Keep an open mind when presented with new ideas and activities 

    In cases where the disruptive behavior continues, the following steps are taken:

    1. Warning
    2. Sit out from the activity
    3. Conversation with the camp’s site leader
    4. Speak with a member of the camp leadership team
    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 to address the situation. 


    We offer an Early Bird discount through February 29, 2024 at the Playhouse (Mt. Adams) and in Erlanger locations only. The discount is $50 off for one-week and two-week camps. At this time, we are not offering any discounts for summer camp at Mason Community Center. If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please review the application, here.

    Launch Pad is a program that allows students living with developmental disabilities, neurodivergence and sensory challenges to fully participate in camp and be a part of the camp community while having their unique needs met. Space is limited and Launch Pad-specific scholarships are available, here. More information about the Launch Pad program can be found here.

    Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 for more details on cost and registration.

    For all other questions, please email at

    Once a camp session is full, we will begin a waiting list. The list will be first come, first served. The waitlist will be set up like another registration page. Please enter your information as if you were registering for the camp. Once this is complete, you will be added to the waitlist. If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted by Playhouse Staff prior to the start of the camp. We also encourage you to take a look at our other weeks or locations of camp for your camper.

    For more information, please email or contact the Box Office at 513-421-3888. 


    There will be no refunds given after May 21, 2024, for all June camps and June 21, 2024, for all July and August camps. Cancellations before the refund deadline will be honored with a full refund, minus a $25 administration fee. 

    Please check to make sure all of your selected camps, camp age ranges, dates and locations are correct. If you have any questions or need to make any changes to your camper’s registration, please contact the Box Office at 513-421-3888 or email us at

    Cancellation based on enrollment

    We reserve the right to cancel a camp if we do not have sufficient enrollment to run it. If a camp you have signed up for is canceled, any tuition paid will be refunded in full, including the administrative 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 and space available. The deadline to apply for scholarships online is May 3, 2024. Applicants will be notified of awards no later than May 13, 2024. Submit your application here

    Please contact us at with any questions. 

    A confirmation email will be sent to you within 72 hours of registration, reserving your child’s place in the camp. You will receive emails with additional information about about camp in the weeks prior to the start of your program. If you have any questions or you don’t receive your order confirmation, please contact us at 513-977-2028 or

    Yes. Payment is typically required at the time of registration in order to hold a place for your child in the camp. However, payment plans are available if needed. Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 to discuss a payment plan. You may also reach us via email at

    You can register for camps at can also contact the Box Office 513-421-3888. You may also reach us via email at

    You may call for questions and concerns, but registration cannot be processed over the phone.

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    Box Office

    Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 with further questions.

    Box Office hours: 

    • Monday - Friday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

    Box Office closing hours vary based on performance schedule.

    You may also reach us via email at

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