Summer Camps & Programs
Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA)
The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) is a truly unique experience for artistic exploration and expression. It began in 2005 as a partnership between Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Education and has grown into a partnership with the Washington County Parks & Recreation Department and the Maryland Theatre!
Our camps sell out EVERY YEAR so make sure you register as soon as possible!
Performing Arts Academy
Ages: Students entering grades 1-12 + graduating seniors (Ages 5-18)
2020 DATES: July 20-24
2020 Show July 25th
Location: The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
Each year, students bring a new and exciting theme to life on The Maryland Theatre stage. Students will explore many styles of dance, drama and music while celebrating the performing arts industry with pieces centered around this summer’s theme. Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT’s talented instructors. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week (at the fabulous Maryland Theatre) on Saturday.
Art in the Woods
Ages: Students entering Grades K-8
2020 Camp Dates: JULY 13-17 (9am-4pm)
2020 Artist Showcase: July 17 @ 3:30pm
Location: Doub’s Woods Park, Hagerstown, MD
Kids crank up their creativity through hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional and local artists. Students will experience a wide range of arts techniques, including sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, and ceramics. Art projects will be tailored to the skill sets in each age range. Students will get the chance to show off their masterpieces in an Artist Showcase on the last day of camp at 3:30 PM.
ACT 2 Week Production Camp
Ages: Students entering Grades 1-12
2020 Camp Dates: August 3-7 and August 10-15 (9am-4pm)
2020 Show: August 15th at 2pm
Location: Authentic Community Theatre & The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD
This year we will be adding a SECOND summer camp at the Maryland Theatre! Our 2 week Production Camp will start with a week at ACT (1000 Florida Ave) and end with a week at the Maryland Theatre with a full production at the end of the second week!
* Auditions for casting will be held before the start of camp
Each summer, Authentic Community Theatre, Inc.’s Creative Arts Team brings an original “storytelling” to parks in Washington County. Authentic Community Theatre is also continuing its partnership with the Washington County Free Library System to present these original storytelling performances in several library branches to promote their Summer Reading Program! The performances are free to the public and geared to audiences of all ages!
Library Storytelling 2020
Dates and Locations:
Wednesday, June 17—1:00pm Hancock
Friday, June 19—11:00am Hagerstown
Tuesday, June 23—11:30am Williamsport
Wednesday, June 24—1:00pm Clear Spring
Wednesday, June 24—3:30pm Boonsboro
Thursday, June 25—3:30pm Sharpsburg
Friday, June 26—11:00am Smithsburg
Storytelling in the Parks 2020
Dates and Locations:
Monday, July 6—10:30am Pangborn Park Lake Pavilion
Tuesday, July 7—10:30am Boonsboro Shafer Park Pavilion #3
Wednesday, July 8—10:30am Smithsburg Veteran’s Park Pavilion #1
Thursday, July 9—10:30am Williamsport Byron Park Pavilion #1
Friday, July 10—10:30am Hagerstown City Park Bandshell
Monday, July 13—10:30am Cascade Pen Mar Park Dance Pavilion
Tuesday, July 14—10:30am Doub’s Woods Park Arts Pavilion
Wednesday, July 15—10:30am Fairgrounds Park South Pavilion
Thursday, July 16—10:30am Maugansville Ruritan Park Pavilion
Friday, July 17—10:30am Hagerstown Marty Snook Park Pavilion #1