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Performing Arts Camp

High School Musical

Perform in a musical production this summer. Drama, dancing, singing!

Register Now!  (Read Enrollment Information on the right.)

July 2- 27
9 am - 3:30 pm
Boys and girls ages 6-14
$1580 for the four-week session
Deposit required: $400
Also available:
Extended day

Performing Arts Camp features exceptional instruction with professional actors, dancers, musicians and stage designers who love what they do! In addition to daily instruction in music, dance, drama and design, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a full-scale musicalLion King Jr. production, Mary Poppins, Jr. With the Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts as our home, campers will have access to all that this state-of-the-art facility has to offer. And see photos of the 2016 production of Lion King, Jr. and 2017 High School Musical, Jr.

Campers will begin each day in classes learning about the craft of theater and developing their performance skills. Then, in the afternoon, they will launch into rehearsals or camp activities, or participate in weekly workshops. Our goal is for campers to have fun, develop confidence, make new friends and learn how to be better performers in the process. Join us this summer for a chance to sing, dance, act, create and perform!

Christine Pearsall has recently been appointed as the director of Penn Charter's Performing Arts Camp.  Christie is currently a Middle School English teacher and performing arts educator at Penn Charter. She has been the assistant director for Middle and Upper School plays and musicals, including SeussicalHairsprayRoshamboThe Baloney,The Pickle,The Zombies, and Other Things I Hide from My Mother.  Christie graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in English and theater, and has a master of arts from Villanova University

Mary Fishburne will be assisting Christie this summer.  Mary has experience as a music teacher, choral instructor and musical theater educator. She was the director of education at Woolfe Street Playhouse and director of acting and musical theater summer camp at Footlight Players.  She is an accomplished singer, and actor.

Working with Christie and Mary will be Debbie Kaesshaefer, chair of the Performing Arts Department and fifth, sixth and eighth grade music teacher at Penn Charter.  She also directs the Chamber Singers and Handbell Choir.  She has taught music and directed plays at Penn Charter Day Camp for more than 35 years.

Lunch Option
Don't feel like packing lunch in the summertime? Try our lunch option. Campers will be served a nutritious and balanced meal with various choices. Daily offerings will include one entree (salad, sandwich or grill item) one small drink, and one snack or fruit. Cost: $6/day, $144/4 weeks. Campers are encouraged to sign up in advance if interested in this option, although cash “drop-ins” will be accepted. No refunds/credits for missed days/weeks. 

Transportation can be provided for campers from Center City and some surrounding communities. However, our provisions for your child’s transportation do have limits. Once registration has been submitted, any changes to pickup and drop-off locations must be e-mailed well in advance, and a $25 administrative fee will be charged. Friends of campers may not ride the buses unless they have signed up in advance for transportation. We ask your cooperation in registering early for this extra service.
Round-trip $380/four weeks; one-way $190/four weeks ($10/per ride).

Extended-Day ProgramPeter Pan Jr.
Interested families may enroll in the extended-day option by indicating so in the appropriate space on the application. Campers may enroll in the Early-Bird Program, the After-Camp Program or both. Families who need this service occasionally or in an emergency must contact the director, and cash payment must be received the day the service is provided. 

Prices listed below apply to advanced registration only. Drop-ins accepted on a daily basis without registration for a cash fee of $15 per day, per program.

Early-Bird Program
Hours  Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost  $6/day, $30/week

After-Camp Program
Hours  3:30-5:45 p.m. Pick up any time before 5:45 p.m.
Cost  $11/day, $55/week
Snack and supervised activities included. 
A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for pick-up after 5:45 p.m. 

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2018 Enrollment Information for Day Camp, Sports Camp, Performing Arts Camp

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 per week enrolled in Day Camp or Sports Camp is due at the time of registration. For Performing Arts Camp, the nonrefundable deposit is $400. We accept credit card, money order, cash or check payable to William Penn Charter School. There is also a nonrefundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). Full payment is due by June 1. Payments made after June 1 must be in the form of credit card, money order or cash. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities, including camp T-shirt and Friday treats. Trips may involve additional costs. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage. Ice cream is available for purchase in the afternoon.

Penn Charter Day Camp, Drone Camp, Sports Camp and Performing Arts Camp will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this medical form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

Welcome letters are available here or on our registration site:
Day Camp welcome letter
Sports Camp welcome letter
Performing Arts Camp welcome letter 

Day Camp overnight letter (Bunks E F, G) (to come)

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact:
Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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