Duration: Each course lasts one or two weeks, excluding weekends
Daily Hours: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Age Group: 6 to 16 years old
Tuition*: Two Week Courses are $675 per student
The Adventures in Theatrical Puppetry Course is $325 per student

For each course, students will be divided into similar age groups as they learn new skills and perfect those already acquired. The ultimate goal is for all the participants to come together at the end of the course to perform a dynamic one-hour live stage production on the last day of the course for family and friends to enjoy!

*A 10% discount is available for siblings within the same course
and for children who enroll in more than one course. To access this special pricing, please call the office at 508-385-3838.


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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols
Originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Icarus Productions
Based on “Little Orphan Annie”® By Permission of The Tribune Content Agency, LLC

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the Book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford
“I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

This class offers an exciting opportunity to explore the world of puppetry which has been a long- established theatrical device. Students will explore how shows like The Lion King, War Horse, and the new Broadway hit Life of Pi use puppets to help tell their stories. Students will then create their own puppets and a new show to feature them based around Edward Gorey’s various illustrations of his feline friends. This introductory class in theatrical puppetry aims to help students develop a vivid imagination, curiosity, and a fearless approach toward creative expression in a fun and welcoming environment.

To provide further inspiration for puppet creation and storytelling, students will take a field trip to Elephant House – also known as The Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA – in which Edward Gorey lived and worked from 1986 until his death in 2000. There students will learn about his writings, illustrations, Tony award nominated scenic designs, and Tony award winning costume designs. This private tour will also feature a viewing of a few of Edward Gorey’s hand puppets that he personally made and used in his own productions.

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Johanna Stipetic
'Theatre Education Director'

Johanna Stipetic is thrilled to be joining the Cape Playhouse this summer as the Theater Education Director! Johanna recently moved to the Cape after spending the last 9 years living in NYC as a theater artist & content creator. She is an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with her BFA in Drama with Minors in Music and Dance. From performing on stage to choreographing and theater administration, Johanna has been blessed to work with several amazing theater companies, including Soho Rep, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Falmouth Theater Guild, Applause Academy MA, etc. Johanna prides herself on creating an environment that encourages students to be bold, strive for excellence, and have loads of fun at the same time. Johanna serves in Music Ministry as a vocalist across multiple churches on the Cape from Brewster to Sandwich, and is a recent addition to the teaching roster at Harper Dance Center.


What time does the program start? When does it end?
The class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Where on the campus does the summer school meet?
Class meets in The Nickerson Building, diagonally across from The Cape Cinema.

When will the performance take place?
The performance will take place at 2:30 on the final day of the session.

What should I pack for my child?
A bagged lunch, a snack for the late afternoon, and a writing utensil.

Does my child need sunscreen?
We recommend sunscreen. We usually go outside for short stretches of time around the campus.

What is your refund policy if my student’s summer plans change?
All classes are paid in full at the time of registration. If your student needs to withdraw from the course they must do so at least 30 days in advance at which point you will be refunded less a $50 cancellation charge.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
Please contact Brynn Grambow, Executive Assistant. Her email is:

“My kids can’t stop talking about it!

What an exceptional experience for my daughters. The classes were truly amazing.

I highly recommend youth theater at The Playhouse.”

The Cape Playhouse Education Program is made possible by generous support by Community Sponsors. Contact us to get involved.

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