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.
Our vision for the program is to see students collaborating with professional artists to create art in various forms, whether it be sculptures and paintings in Art in the Woods or a dance piece and song in Performing Arts Academy. We are certain that your student, no matter his or her existing skill level or talents, will find a place to create, share, and grow.
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 Summer Intensive
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 Summer Intensive production will start with a week at ACT and end with a week at the Maryland Theatre with a full production at the end of the second week!
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!