Summer 2024 Theater Camp (Ages 8-14)

Monday- Friday

Cost: $275 each camp

Age: 8-14

Summer Theater Camp

Six Sessions: June 10 – August 2, 2024

The Center for the Arts

314 W. Main Street • Grass Valley, CA

Dinah keeps class size small.  All participants get individual attention in learning the “principals of good acting and character development”.   Students work as a team to create a showcase performance for family and friends on the last day of class/camp.  All students will have similar sized parts and will be on stage for the entire presentation

Come PLAY with us! (The final production is at 11:30 on the last class of each camp and lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Regular class will meet from 9:00 AM through the performance on that Friday)

* Younger children age 7 with dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space. “

Instructor: Dinah Smith

Time: 9am – 12pm

Ages: 8 – 14

Cost: $275 Each Camp


Week 1: Dorothy’s Adventures in Munchkinland # 1

Dates: June 10 – 14

Tell the story and play all the parts, sing all the songs in “Dorothy’s Adventures in Munchkin Land #1” from the Wizard of Oz with Glenda, the Wicked Witch, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion.  

Best for ages (8-11).


Week 2: Dorothy’s Adventures on the Yellow Brick Road, and in Oz #2

Dates: June 17 – 21

Ages 10-14

“Dorothy’s Adventures on the Yellow Brick Road, and in Oz #2” Scenes and songs from the Wizard of Oz with The Wicked Witch, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, and the City of Oz. 

Best for ages (10 – 14).



Week 3: Broadway Dramedy

(*Please Note: Class will be in the Center Studios)

Dates: June 24 – 28  

Ages 8-14

Create Your Own “Broadway Dramedy” with poetry from Alice in Wonderland, Shel Silverstein, and a famous “Poetry Slam Artist” (the pre curser to Hip hop), plus assorted mini- plays and Songs from the Sound of Music.


Week 5: Romeo & Julliette w/ a Twist!

Dates: July 15-July 19

The silliest, shortest, funniest, most spectacular version of Romeo and Julliette ever performed, and it’s all in verse with songs from Grease, 1960’ s Rock and Roll, and Oliver.


Week 6: Androcles and the Lion

Dates: July 22-July 26

Ages: 10+

“Androcles and the Lion” – a play in verse and loads of fun!  What songs will we add?  This class does involve more memorizing of lines then the other camps.  It is more suitable for kids with more experience, or who are older.


Week 7: The Cautionary Tale of Georgie Porgie

Dates: July 29-Aug 2

Ages: 8-11

“The Cautionary Tale of Georgie Porgie” another play in verse for the younger and/or less experienced student with songs from Annie, and Peter Pan.

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Dinah Smith – SAG, AFTRA, BA Theatre, MAT Education. As a Director, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher/Coach, Dinah has worked in the Entertainment Industry and as a Performing Arts Educator/performer since the 70’s. She has directed, choreographed, or performed locally for Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Placer Community Theatre, Lake Wildwood, Synthetic Unlimited, and other independent Producers. She has performed locally with Legacy, Placer Community Theatre, CATS, and Quest Theatre Works. Most recently she appeared as Claree in Steele Magnolias. As a certificated teacher, Dinah’s extensive teaching career (all in the performing arts) includes private, & public schools. Dinah has been teaching for the Center since 2014″