Play a character, learn essential acting skills, or explore the world of musical theater!
- Train in acting and performing theater
- Showcase your skills in a meaningful role – no auditions!
- Try out a range of themes, including musicals, comedies, dramas, classics, and world premieres!
- Actively engage skills in musical theater, improv, solo performance, physical and psychological character development, and directing with studio sessions!
Our approach to theater at Appel Farm is collaborative and non-competitive. We believe that everyone has the potential to be an amazing, unique performer. We believe that people do their best work in a supportive environment where they’re free to try new things, take risks, and make mistakes. We offer lots of opportunities for people of all experience levels.
Appel Farm boasts 12 stage performances per summer in our 300 seat main stage, Grove Stage, or the Bluestone Stage! Campers who major in Theater Performance are double majors, spending the whole morning in skills-based studios and rehearsals for their plays. Every camper gets a meaningful role, no matter the play. As always, there are NO AUDITIONS!
- Acting Studio and Play Rehearsal
Minors are held in the afternoons. These classes are a great opportunity to do theater in a more relaxed, experimental environment. Most of our minors change each summer, to reflect the unique talents and abilities of our current staff. But some minors (like musical theater, improv, and spoken word poetry) are so popular, we bring them back every year!
Examples of Past Minor Classes
- Stage Combat, Acting for the Camera, Directing, Physical Comedy, Radio Theatre, Solo Performance, Spy School, Dance Theater, Playing The Hunger Games, Playing Adventure Time, and Playing Divergent
The Theater Department runs the Actors Studio during evening free time from 9:00-10:00 PM. Sessions are designed for Acting Majors AND for anyone interested in exchanging ideas and performing techniques, discussing character development and approaches to acting and for delving into the actor’s world in greater depth.