Summer Studio

Summer Studio

We are excited to announce in-person Summer Studio classes this summer at our NEW location: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, located at 359 Washington Street in Hartford.

We encourage families to register early, as space will be limited due to smaller cohort sizes.

We will be following state guidelines for summer camps and implementing new health and safety protocols.  Please read through our FAQ before registering. If you have any questions, please email Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org.

Scholarships are available.  For more information, please email Emely Larson at elarson@hartfordstage.org

Three-Week Program

Junior Troupe

*This program will be in person with a streamed performance*

Ages 8-11

July 6 – 24

9:00am – 5:00pm

$825

Students are cast in a play. 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

*This program will be in person. The final shares will take place outdoors, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will share a recording of the performance*

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

Session 1: July 6 – 16

Session 2: July 19 – July 30

9:00am – 5:00pm

Session 1: $500 | Session 2: $565 | Both Sessions: $1055

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.

Four-Week Programs

Youth Ensemble featuring High School Musical, Jr.

*This program will be in person with a streamed performance*

Ages 10-15

July 6 – 30

9:00am – 5:00pm

$1055

Students are cast in a musical production of High School Musical, Jr.A popular high-school basketball player and an academically-gifted girl get roles in the school musical and develop a friendship that threatens East High’s social order.  The show will be rehearsed and filmed in small groups and streamed for performance.

Teen Musical featuring Ranked

JUST ANNOUNCED! This program will be entirely in person with a streamed performance.

Ages 14-18

July 6 – 30

10:00am – 4:00pm

$850

Teens will rehearse and perform in a full production of Ranked — A new musical (it debuted in 2018) about a world where a person’s future is solely determined on their grade ranking in High School. Competition for standing is fierce and friendships are on the line. The show will be rehearsed and filmed in small groups and streamed for performance.

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) is available every day of camp. Click below to select the days and sessions you need for only $5 per session/per day. (Fee is per family).

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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 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

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

Where will the program be located this summer?
All in-person 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 and Youth Ensemble. 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. Cohort groups will be determined on several factors, including age, scene partnerships (for Youth Ensemble) and group sizes. We cannot guarantee that students will be placed together.

What is the size of your cohorts?
Current state guidelines limit group sizes to 20 students. If guidelines change, we may adjust. However, we recommend registering early to hold your spot.

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.

Should the health department direct us to quarantine a specific camp group(s), we will switch our programming to a virtual model and contact families for any needed schedule adjustments.

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.

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, working outdoors when possible and frequent cleaning. 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?
It has been shown that schools have not been a significant source of spread of the virus. We believe that camps will be similar. 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.

Will you have field trips this summer?
It is not currently recommended that students travel outside of their program, so we do not plan on leaving the campus during the program. However, we are planning several activities to provide a variety of fun and enriching experiences for our camp community.

Will there be performances for the programs this summer?
Yes! They will just look a little different from past summers. For the Children’s Cast, we plan to hold an informal share on the last day of the session outdoors and socially distanced. If the weather does not allow for that, we will share a recording of their performance to families. For the Junior Troupe, Youth Ensemble and Teen Musical programs, the performances will be pre-recorded and streamed at a date after the completion of the program.

What are your drop off/ pick up procedures?
This summer, we will have drop off lines on the campus of GHAA. 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.