Registration opens for 24th year of drama camp

The Center Theatre has announced that registration is open for the Center Theatre Children’s Summer Drama Camp. The Drama Camp program is the oldest program of the Center Theatre, beginning in 1999 before the Center Theatre building had been renovated.

“The first drama camp was started by Jayne Lello and we will be forever indebted to her passion and leadership for children’s programming,” said Patrick Myers, the Center Theatre’s executive director. “Long before the Center Theatre was renovated, Jayne made sure that we were serving the children of our community. We’re proud to be continuing her tradition and to be able to expand our program to Milo this summer in cooperation with the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.”

Photo courtesy of Center Theatre
DRAMA CAMP – Campers enjoy some creative play at the 2021 Center Theatre Children’s Summer Drama Camp. The Center Theatre is accepting registrations for the 2022 summer camps including a new camp being held at the Park Street Methodist Church in Milo.

The summer program is open to kids 6 years and older and with a maximum of 20 kids per session. There will be five sessions of camp taking place over the summer: July 5: Monson Camp taught by David Murray; July 18: Dover 1 Camp taught by Derrick Buschmann and Milo Camp taught by Stephanie Gillis; Aug. 1: Dover 2 Camp taught by Derrick Buschmann and Dexter Camp taught by David Murray. Each camp will run for two weeks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the camps the kids learn about all aspects of making a play, from sets, costumes and props to acting, improvisation, and teamwork. 

The cost for attending camp is flexible. According to Myers, there are several payment options because of the support of sponsors, donors and registrants.

“We are actively fundraising and have received several sponsorships and grants this summer that allow us to offer flexible camp registrations,” Myers said. “Parents can pay between $50 and $500 per child, per camp, based on their own financial situation. The Center Theatre is truly grateful for the support of the Maine Arts Commission, Piscataquis County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis, as well as many private donors. We also are grateful for our partnership with the Piscataquis Regional YMCA which made the Milo camp possible this year, and for the continuing collaboration with Monson Arts in Monson, Dexter Regional High School, the East Sangerville Grange, and the Park Street Methodist Church.”  Myers said they are still accepting donations to support the 2022 camps. 

To register for camp, or make a donation, visit the Theatre’s website at or call the Theatre at 207-564-8943. The Center Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to make arts, education and entertainment accessible to our rural communities to engage and inspire.

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