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.
2019 Performing Arts Academy: TIME WARP! REGISTRATION CLOSED
Ages: Students entering grades 1-12 + graduating seniors (Ages 5-18)
2020 DATES: TBD
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.
Ages: Students entering Grades K-8
2019 Camp Dates: JULY 15-19 (9am-4pm)
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.
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 2019
Dates and Locations:
Thursday, June 20—11:00am Hagerstown
Thursday, June 20—3:30pm Sharpsburg
Friday, June 21—11:00am Smithsburg
Storytelling in the Parks 2019
Dates and Locations:
Monday, July 8—10:30am Pangborn Park Lake Pavilion
Tuesday, July 9—10:30am Boonsboro Shafer Park Pavilion #3
Wednesday, July 10—10:30am Smithsburg Veteran’s Park Pavilion #1
Thursday, July 11—10:30am Williamsport Byron Park Pavilion #1
Friday, July 12—10:30am Hagerstown City Park Bandshell
Monday, July 15—10:30am Cascade Pen Mar Park Dance Pavilion
Tuesday, July 16—10:30am Doub’s Woods Park North Pavilion
Wednesday, July 17—10:30am Fairgrounds Park South Pavilion
Thursday, July 18—10:30am Maugansville Ruritan Park Pavilion
Friday, July 19—10:30am Hagerstown Marty Snook Park Pavilion #1