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 will be available at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center: Bell Tower Arts Pavilion, Mason Community Center, Mason High School, Wyoming Civic Center, the Wyoming Fine Arts Center and The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).

Before Care and After Care are available as add-ons with all camp purchases. Prices listed cover a full week.

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. Before Care and After Care are available as add-ons with all camp purchases. Prices listed cover a full week.

  • Evendale
    • Before Care: 8 - 9 a.m. ($30)
    • After Care: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ($30)
  • Mason
    • Before Care and After Care is registered through the Mason Community Center directly. Rates for Before and After Care at Mason are determined by Mason Community Center and can be found while registering for Mason Camps.
  • Wyoming Civic Center & Wyoming Fine Arts
    • Before Care: 8 - 9 a.m. ($30)
    • After Care: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ($30)
  • The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
    • Before Care: 8 - 9 a.m. ($30)
    • After Care: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ($30)

Pick-up and drop-off procedures will vary by location. All information will be emailed to families prior to camp starting. Anyone picking up a child from camp must be authorized to do so on the child’s 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 authorized parent or guardian must present a valid ID.

We do not provide snacks 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 class sizes vary depending on location and camp type, and health and safety remain a top priority for us. We will continue to monitor and may make adjustments to class sizes based on COVID-19 guidelines and requirements.

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/guardians 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 at the entrance.

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 Camp

All lessons lead up to a five-minute “shareformance” which shares a scene informally with friends and family on the last day of camp.

Performance Academies

A play will be performed with limited sets and costumes for friends and family at the end of the week. Dates and times are below:

  • Disney's The Lion King, JR.
    • Friday, July 1 at 4:30 p.m. at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
  • The Internet is Distract—OH LOOK A KITTEN!
    • Friday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
  • Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS
    • Friday, June 17 at 4 p.m. at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
    • Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m. at Mason High School
    • Friday, August 5 at 4 p.m. at Evendale Cultural Arts Center: Bell Tower Arts Pavilion 
  • Video Game Victories: A Role Players Adventure
    • Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m. at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
    • Friday, July 15 at 4 p.m. at Mason Community Center
    • Friday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at Evendale Cultural Arts Center: Bell Tower Arts Pavilion 
  • Creating Capers: An Adventure a Day
    • Friday, June 17 at 4 p.m. at The School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
    • Friday, July 22 at 4 p.m. at Mason Community Center
    • Friday, August 5 at 4 p.m. at Evendale Cultural Arts Center: Bell Tower Arts Pavilion 

Due to construction of our new mainstage theatre complex, this year we are offering camps at the following locations:

We are excited that preparations for our new mainstage theatre complex and other renovations will continue this summer. As a result, we won’t be able to offer camps at our home base in Eden Park, and it is necessary for us to go offsite for all camp programs this summer.

In addition, it is part of our mission to make our programs accessible to everyone. We have chosen satellite locations to help those who live far enough from the Playhouse that it makes participating in summer camp prohibitive.

MASKS

Masks are required to be worn at all times while at camp locations.

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 or under-skirt shorts accompany them so that campers are covered during those activities. If a camper comes in a skirt or wide-legged shorts without leggings or under-skirt shorts, we will have to call and ask for a pair of leggings or under-skirt shorts 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 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.


Registration

More information about the Launchpad program can be found here.

Please call the Box Office at 513-421-3888 for more details or to speak with a member of our Education team. The Box Office is open M-F from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 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. The Box Office is open M-F from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. We also encourage you to take a look at our other weeks of camp for your camper.

There will be no refunds given after May 25, 2022, for all June camps and June 22, 2022, for all July and August 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 6. Applicants will be notified of awards no later than May 16. Submit your application here.

Please contact the Education Coordinator at 513-977-2028 or summercamp@cincyplay.com with any questions.

At this time, we are not offering any discounts for summer camp. If you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship, please review the application.

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. The Box Office is open M-F from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

You can register for camps at www.cincyplay.com/camp. The Playhouse Box Office is available at 513-421-3888, M-F from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. to answer questions, but registration cannot be done over the phone.


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COVID-19 Health & Safety

The safety and well-being of our campers and staff is our top priority. As health and safety guidelines are constantly evolving, we continue to closely monitor the situation and modify our COVID-19 health and safety plan appropriately.

The protocols outlined below are subject to change at any time based on levels of COVID-19 in our community, CDC recommendations and/or changes to federal, state or local guidelines. We will communicate detailed safety procedures and any adjustments prior to the start of each camp session.

As of April 28, we’ve updated our procedures:

Face masks strongly encouraged, but not required. Single-use masks are available upon request.

Proof of vaccination and/or a negative test will not be required to enter.

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

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.

Shareformances for one-week camps and performances for the Performance Academies will be in-person on the last day of camp. Details will be sent with your Summer Camp materials.

Families who aren't comfortable with these protocols will have the option to receive a refund if you notify us prior to the start of the Summer Camp program. Please call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 with any questions or concerns.

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Need a quick one-stop guide to our 2022 summer camp sessions? Click below to view the calendar grid and see how sessions overlap at different locations.

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