Summer Academy 2020

The Summer Academy at Charter Arts is a program of enrichment workshops for kids and teens that is open to the community.  Come and join us!  To register or if you have questions, please fill out this Contact Form


Musical Theatre Showcase

July 13-17

9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fee:  $345  ($25 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

Hone your musical theatre skills with this one-week all-day camp specifically designed for the intermediate to experienced young actor.  This unique hands-on environment provides musical theatre students a chance to improve their performance skills in both acting and singing while learning how to use a microphone and perform with a duet partner and/or in small group numbers.  The week will end with a showcase performance for your family and friends featuring selections from popular musicals like 13: The Musical, Wicked, Matilda, Shrek, and many more!  Open to students entering 7th-9th grade.  Instructors: Kate Pistone & Lori Colacito from ACTING UP


Lights, Sound, Action-  Theatre Tech Workshop

July 13-17

9:00 AM-3:00 PM

*Early drop-off available at 8:30 AM

Fee:  $345 ($25 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

This workshop is ideal for the child who enjoys design and the technical aspects of stage production.  This group will also work on creating the set and lighting design for the Musical Theatre Showcase workshop.  Open to children entering 7th-9th grade (a child entering 6th grade may be considered).  Instructor:  Rae Labadie and guest instructors.


Teen Theatre Intensive

July 13-17

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $185 ($10 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

For the younger teen actor who wants to push their acting to the next level, this workshop will be jam-packed with exercises that will fine-tune the actor’s individual style.   Open to children entering 8th-11th grade.  Beginner to Intermediate.


Fun with Science: Environmental

July 13-17 or July 20-25

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Fee: $165 (includes materials)

Participants will embark on a great experience to better understand the workings of the environment, human impacts on the environment & how to live a more sustainable lifestyle in a fun & earth-friendly summer workshop. Topics that will be explored and will be: humans in the natural world, how to be a sustainable student, the 4 r’s, ecology in an urban environment & eco-friendly crafts.  Open to children entering 6th-8th grades.


Comedy Improvisation for Beginners

July 20-25

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $175 ($10 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

Enjoy a week of explorations in this fun camp focused on the art of Comedy Improvisation.  For the young actor or aspiring performer, this skill builds spontaneity, teamwork and creativity.  “Improv for Beginners” will give students a great foundation for this unique form of comedy.  It will strengthen character development skills, help them to think on their feet, plus give them confidence in all areas of performing!  Open to children entering 8th-11th grades.


Fun with Art: Painting and Drawing 101

July 20-25

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

$345 ($25 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

*Early drop-off available at 8:30 AM

This workshop is designed for the young novice artist who is interested in learning the basics of painting and drawing.  Participants will spend a portion of each session working on each art form.  After instruction and direction, participants will work independently on their projects for a portion of the class.  Open to children entering 5th-7th grades.


Acting Camp 101- Get Ready to Shine!

July 20-25

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Fee: $345 ($25 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

This workshop is open to children entering 6th-8th grades who would like to give acting a try. This session will be a fun exploration of the basics of acting, including improvisation and character development.  Participants will learn how to express themselves in front of an audience when they perform a short showcase for parents at the end of the session.


An Introduction to Character Development and Fiction Writing

July 27-31

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Fee: $175

Join us for an introductory exploration of character development and fiction writing taught by Paul Walsh, the Artistic Director of the Literary Arts at Charter Arts. Students will engage with a variety of character exercises that will aid them in creating fleshed-out and well-rounded characters. Students will also focus on other aspects of fictional writing including but not limited to setting, point of view, metaphor, and symbolism. Students will utilize this new knowledge to create pieces of original fiction throughout the course of the week.  Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (a child entering 6th grade may be considered).


Introduction to Film and Screenwriting 

July 20-25

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee. $175

This fun summer workshop is an entryway into the ‘reading’ and comprehension of film as a language.  Students explore the language of film and how film communicates.  Students will spend time looking carefully at how films are constructed through elements such as lighting, sound, movement, performance and how specific filmmaking techniques create specific audience responses.  Along with examining popular screenplays, this experience offers chances to create original scenes and storyboards.  Please note that this is not a filmmaking workshop.  Open to children entering 7th-9th grades (a child entering 6th grade may be considered).


Acting for Commercial, TV and Film Workshop

July 27-July 31

9 AM-12 PM daily

Fee: $195

This workshop is taught by an industry professional with more than twenty years of experience working in casting and as a producer on over 600 commercial, tv and film projects.  Participants will learn how the on-camera acting industry really works, both regionally and in the larger markets of New York and Los Angeles.  Participants will learn critical ‘cold read’ techniques required when auditioning for commercial, tv and film projects.  Limited to 10 participants.  Open to teens entering 8th-12th grades.


Pop & Jazz Vocal Workshop

One Week Session:  July 27- July 31 (open to teens entering 8th-12th grades)  9:30 AM-12:30 PM daily.

FEE:  $225 ($25 off if registered by May 15, 2020)

So you want to perform like a Pop Star or Jazz Singer?  This program, taught by Chet Brown is designed to give vocal students a major edge in all areas of performing in front of an audience.  Each student will develop their music skills through coaching and ensemble work.  Participants will create a one-hour show to be performed at Musikfest on August 4th from 12-2 PM.  Open to teens entering 8th-12th grades.


Registration, Cancellation, and Refund Policy:

Full payment is required at the time of registration.  Partial payments or payment plans are not available for this program.  Students who have registered and who have paid in full for a Summer Academy workshop, who choose to cancel their registration, must notify the Summer Academy Coordinator in writing at communications@charterarts.org.

A student who cancels his/her registration more than 14 business days prior to the class start date, is eligible for a 100% refund.  A student who cancels his/her registration 5-13 business days prior to the class start date will be eligible for a 50% refund.  A student who cancels his/her registration less than 5 business days prior to the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund.…

A student who has registered and paid in full for a workshop, who chooses to terminate his/her participation after the class start date, will not be eligible for a refund but can transfer unused hours toward another workshop in the 2020 Summer Academy based on availability.  This credit must be used during the 2020 Summer Academy Program and cannot be transferred to another program at a later date.

Course Cancellation:

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment.  If a camp or workshop is canceled, students will be notified in writing, and all registered students who have paid in full will be eligible for a full refund OR students may choose to transfer their registration fee to another course or workshop in the 2020 Summer Academy, The Charter Arts Summer Academy reserves the right to replace a course instructor without notification.