Young Performers Theater Camp



  Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's Young Performers Theater Camp is a performing arts camp for children, ages 9 through 18 (campers must be 9 years old before July 1st of 2019) who have an expressed interest in the theater and related arts. Children will receive instruction and stage experience in Dance (ballet, tap, modern & jazz), music (solo and/or ensemble singing, harmony & music theory), and drama (acting techniques, improvisation, stage movement, and speech). 

The camp is held Mondays through Fridays from 9AM-2PM (Camp will begin on Monday, 7/1/19, and run to Friday, 8/9/19). 

Lunch and snack will be provided daily.

 New Campers must choose their Major --  either Dance or Musical Theatre on their registration form  --   and provide:

(1)   a letter of recommendation

(2)  a copy of their birth certificate. 

These two documents can be submitted at the audition.



  • To repeat, Children will be asked to choose a major in either Dance or Musical Theater before auditions.  Musical Theater majors will perform in a musical production:  The Lion King, Jr. -(ages 9-12 Jrs);  Bring It On ( (ages 13-14 Teen); and TBA  (ages 15-18: Seniors).   Dance majors will present two productions on Wednesday and Thursday, August 7th and 8th at 7pm at the Zellerbach Theatre at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg center for the Performing Arts.   

 Acceptance in the camp is based on auditions that are held in May of 2019.  Campers from the 2018 Introduction to Performing Arts Camps (locations at 49th & Woodland, Holmesburg, Hawthorne and Waterview) MUST audition for acceptance to YPTC.

After you register, New campers (that includes campers from the Intro Camps) will receive an audition notice through the mail in APRIL of  2019.  New campers must bring their letter of recommendation and copy of birth certificate to the audition. 

 Remember, you will NOT receive an audition letter until April of 2019.


To summarize:


Returning YPTC Campers (from 2018) do NOT need to audition.  Just register online and, in May of 2019, you will receive a notice through the mail regarding the June Parent Orientation.  Remember, returning campers will NOT receive a letter until late May of 2019.



Dance majors, Junior (9-12), and Teen (13-14) drama major programs are held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania near the Annenberg Center - 3680 Walnut St.  We will also make use of the Platt Student Performing Arts House & the Hillel,  located within walking distance, for class instructions.  Senior (15-18) Musical Theater and Teen (13-14) performances will take place at the state of the art Venice Island Performing Arts Center at 7 Lock Street in Manayunk. Dance and Junior performances are near the Annenberg Center.  This is a tremendous opportunity for all young performers to rehearse and perform in a professional space.

Camp Fees

Tuition for the six week program is $200 plus an additional $150 registration fee (camp shirt, DVD of the performance, costumes, etc). for a total of $350 for the six week program. For an additional fee of $150, campers can use the bus service provided by the Performing Arts office (see the transportation schedule).  ALL fees are due at the Parent Orientation night in June. 



The deadline for registration is Friday, May 3, 2019.   After that date, only returning 2018 campers and Senior Musical Theatre candidates will be considered.   To register, return to our homepage and click:    Young Performers Theatre Camp 2019.