Summer Youth Programming

Summer 2023

Suze’s PCA believes that all youth should have equitable access to quality arts experiences, which was one of the major drivers of our campus expansion. Now that the new studio theater, gallery, and classrooms are open, we are poised to fully meet the Suze’s PCA mission as a full-service arts center by providing youth arts experiences that:

  • Unlock the potential of the next generation of creative thinkers
  • Bring young people from different backgrounds together to build connections, understanding, and cultural awareness
  • Provide personally meaningful activities that build confidence, and
  • Build skills in communication, problem solving, decision making, and perseverance, all of which can improve academic performance, and equip our youth for success in school, work, and life.

We are proud to announce our expanded summer camp and programming offerings in performing, visual arts, and multi-disciplinary arts!

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Puppets Galore

Explore the magic of puppetry and become part of the inaugural Suze’s PCA Puppet Troupe! Children will learn about the creative and collaborative world of puppetry by participating in one of three camps. Each camp is designed for a specific age group to inspire and engage in just the right way, and will culminate in short, fun performances for family and friends to celebrate the magical experience of puppetry adventures.

Puppet Arts Camp, Ages 6 - 8

Explore how visual art, music, and theatre inspire the magical and fun world of puppetry.

July 17 - 21, from 9am to 12pm

Puppet Discovery Camp, Ages 9 - 12

Have a blast discovering a wide variety of puppetry styles and cultural traditions in this experience that culminates in a special show-and-tell event.

July 24 to 28, from 9am to 12pm

Puppet Theatre Camp, Ages 13 - 15

Join us for an immersive, exciting puppetry adventure that allows students the opportunity to design, build, write for and perform in their very own puppet shows.

July 24 to July 28, from 1pm to 4pm

Puppetry Training Workshop, Ages 16 - Adult

Join us this summer for our Puppetry Training Workshop led by professionally trained puppeteer Chris Hamby. Mr. Hamby, an award-winning director, serves as Executive Director for Theater Works where he was previously Education Director, and Artistic Director. Hamby was recently elected to the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Theatre. Participants will learn the basics of performance and technique.  Whether you are a keen hobbyist, a complete beginner, you will develop your skills within puppet making and puppetry performance.

July 20 & 21, from 1pm to 4pm

Cost: $120

Visual Arts Camps

Clay Creations

Ages 6-13

This camp will provide students with an opportunity to make a wide range of ceramics art, including functional and sculptural objects. Students will be guided through inspirational topics and themes and learn a variety of hand building techniques. Projects may include piggy banks, trinket boxes, coil pots, and special mementos that will last a lifetime! Note: Some projects will need to be picked up after the camp is finished to allow time for drying and firing.

Division I, Ages 6 - 9

  • RESCHEDULED > July 3 - July 7* skipping 4th of July | 9am - 12pm | $105
  • FULL > July 10 - July 14 | 9am - 12pm | $130
  • RESCHEDULED > July 3 - July 7* skipping 4th of July | 1pm - 4pm | $105

Division II, Ages 10 - 13

  • FULL > July 10 - July 14 | 1pm - 4pm | $130

Division I, Ages 6 - 9

  • July 17 - July 21 | 9am to 12pm | $130
  • July 17 - July 21 | 1pm - 4pm | $130

Theater Adventurers

Fractured Fairy Tales

June 5 - June 16

Ages 6 - 9

Theatre Adventurers is a great theatrical program for youngsters and is especially beneficial for those with little or no theatre experience. Youngsters will audition, rehearse, and perform a one-act play while learning theatre basics and having a LOT of fun doing it!

9am to 12pm, Monday through Friday

Cost: $160

Summer Stock Junior

Spongebob: The Musical

June 12 - June 30

Ages 10 to 15

This program is a great experience for youth, with or without prior experience, who would like to be involved in the performance of a “junior” musical. This experience will bridge from the "Theatre Adventurers" to "Teen Summer Stock", preparing participants for the full theater experience. There will be three performances in the Cabaret. The days are scheduled to allow the participants to learn the process of producing a show with professional guidance and educational expertise.

9amto 3pm, Monday through Friday

Cost: $375

Summer Stock Jr is now full!