Summer Studio

We are excited to announce in-person Summer Studio classes this summer at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, located at 359 Washington Street in Hartford. View map here.

We will be following state guidelines for summer camps and implementing new health and safety protocols. Please read through our FAQ before registering.

Scholarships are available for qualifying campers! Click here to apply.

If you have any questions, please email Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org.

Five-Week Program

Teen Musical featuring Legally Blonde

Ages 14-18

July 5 – August 5 (with performances Friday-Saturday, August 5 and 6)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$1200

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Teens will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a full production of Legally Blonde which will be performed in the Hartford Stage main theatre in downtown Hartford. Students will spend time rehearsing and taking part in enriching theatre craft classes.

Four-Week Programs

Youth Ensemble featuring Matilda, Jr.

Ages 10-15

July 5 – 29 (with performances on Saturday, July 30)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

$1160

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Students are cast in a musical production – Matilda, Jr. Students spend mornings rehearsing and afternoons exploring elective classes of their choice.

Three-Week Program

Junior Troupe featuring Annie Kids

Ages 8-11

July 5 – 22 (with performances on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

$910

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Students are cast in a musical production – Annie Kids. Students will split their time between rehearsing and taking part in classes in acting, movement and other theatre skills.

Two-Week Programs

Children’s Cast

Ages 5-8
*Please note: to be eligible for the Children’s Cast, students must have completed Kindergarten

Session 1: July 5 – 15

Session 2: July 18 – 29

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Session 1: $550 | Session 2: $620 | Both Sessions: $1160

Session 1  Session 2  Both Sessions

Students will take classes in story theatre, creative movement, music, puppetry, and arts and crafts. Each session ends in a mini-production that the cast creates based on favorite stories and characters.

Do you need Early Drop Off or Late Pick up?

Early Drop Off (8:00-8:45 am) or Late Pick Up (5:15-6:00 pm) will be available every day of camp for $5 per session/per day. (Fee is per family). Ordering information coming soon!

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More Information

Have questions? Please contact Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org or (203) 908-1832

Register Online:

Click on the “REGISTER…” button and follow instructions to our Ticketing Page (please note you are “buying a ticket” to the class!)

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Summer Studio 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from the State,  all policies are subject to change.

Do you require vaccines of staff and students? Yes. All staff working in our classes are fully vaccinated. Students in our programming must show either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a weekly negative COVID-19 test.

  • Vaccination Policy: Students age 5 and up must show proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the start of classes.
  • Proof of Negative Test Results Policy: Students who do not show proof of vaccination must provide proof of one of the following each week:
    • Negative COVID-19 antigen test (either professionally administered or home test) taken within 24 hours of the first class day of the week. Home test requires a photo of your negative test with a timestamp OR
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the first day of the week.
    • Both options will require a temperature and symptom screening at the door.

Will my child have to wear a mask all day? Masks will be required of all students and staff at all times, when indoors. When outdoors, we will allow the students to play without masks unless they are unable to be distanced. We will plan mask breaks throughout the day.

Will the students be inside all day? Each group will have home base classrooms that they will work in, but we also aim to bring students outside as much as possible. Please make sure to put sunscreen on your child each day before they are dropped off at the program. They should also have their own sunscreen that they can reapply throughout the day.

What are some of the precautions you will be using to prevent the spread of COVID-19? We are closely following the state guidelines regarding COVID-19. These include things such as masks, social distancing, and working outdoors when possible. We continue to update our protocols as more guidelines become available.

What are the expected responsibilities of participants to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? We ask that anyone who chooses to be a part of our program does whatever they can to keep everyone in our camp community safe. This means following the current state guidelines regarding out-of-state travel, group gatherings and known exposures. If your student has experienced any of the above listed examples, we ask that you contact our nurse so we can determine if your child can attend the program.

Where will the program be located this summer? All studio programming will take place at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, located at 359 Washington Street in Hartford.

What is the length of your program day? 9am to 5pm for the Children’s Cast, Junior Troupe, Youth Ensemble and Youth and Teen Company. The Teen Musical will run from 10am to 4pm.

Will you be offering before and after care? Yes! Early Drop Off (8:00-8:45 am) or Late Pick Up (5:15-6:00 pm) is available every day of camp. You can select the days and sessions you need for only $5 per session (fee is per family).

Can my child be placed in a group with their friend? We feel that camp is a great time to meet new friends. We cannot guarantee that students will be placed together.

Will students be cohorted? It is our hope that the pandemic numbers will decrease enough to allow larger groups and more interaction between students (including the hopeful return of our teen/children’s cast buddy program). However, we will be working with the health department and following whatever guidelines they recommend, including cohorting, if necessary.

The group I wanted to place my child in is full. Is there a waiting list? Yes, you can be placed on a waiting list. If someone drops out, we will contact people on the waiting list in the order they added in to join the program.

What is your refund policy? If you would like to withdraw/change your enrollment in our summer program, you must notify us no less than 2 weeks prior to your start date in order to receive a full refund. Changes to program enrollment are dependent on space and availability. We’re sorry, but we cannot offer refunds or credits to families instructed or choosing to quarantine due to household exposure/suspected exposure (i.e., siblings in other summer programs, contact with friends/neighbors outside of camp, parent exposed at work, etc.), or if a household member tests positive, thereby necessitating that their child remain in quarantine. Lost time (including illness or vacation) cannot be made up in other sessions.

How do I learn more about the available scholarships? In an effort to offer fairly distributed tuition assistance dollars, Hartford Stage offers financial aid scholarships based on a sliding scale. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this application and a member of our Education team will be in touch with you regarding your eligibility and award level. If you have any questions, please email Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org.

Will you have field trips this summer? Yes, we do plan on field trips. If the recommendations change and we have to stay at our facility, we will plan fun in-house activities each week in the place of field trips.

Will there be performances for the programs this summer? Yes! For the Children’s Cast we will plan to hold an in person share day on the final day of each session. Further details will be provided as we get closer to that date. If there is a need, we will record the students’ work and make the recording available to the students after the final day of class in place of an in-person performance. For all productions (Junior Troupe, Youth Ensemble, Youth and Teen Company and Teen Musical), our plan is to have in person performances (dependent upon the current state of the pandemic.) All audience members must also be fully vaccinated or show a negative Covid test before the performance (following the written vaccination/testing policy). If we are unable to hold in person performances, we will switch to a virtual platform for the show. This may require a change of show, as some licenses do not allow for virtual performances. Families will be kept up to date if plans need to adjust.

What are your drop off/ pick up procedures? We will have a curbside drop off line on the campus of GHAA. Parents will check students in from their cars. We will have directional signs to show families where they can drop off their students, according to which group they are in. We will also be using the app Brightwheel for check-in. Each student will have to complete a daily health check before checking in. You will be able to complete this on your phone as you wait in the drop-off line. Pick up will be done in a similar way, with parents driving up and students being brought out to cars. We ask for your patience, as this may take some time. We will strive to make this process as smooth as possible.

What if I need to pick up my child during the program day? We understand that there may be times that you need to leave early or take care of doctor’s appointments. We ask that you notify us in advance of any absences or need to pick up the student during the program day. When you arrive on campus, please text us or message through Brightwheel and we will have your child brought to the door. If your child is absent for a program day without prior notification, our camp nurse will contact you.