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Matthews Playhouse of Performing Arts Opens New Summer Camp Sessions for Enrollment

Due to Popular Demand, Matthews Playhouse Has Added New Summer Performing Arts Camps to Take Place in Matthews & Indian Trail!

(Matthews/Indian Trail NC) Time may be running out to register for summer camps across the region, but local families will still have time to register for Matthews Playhouse Summer Performing Arts Camps thanks to new sessions that have been added. Since launching in 1995, the theatre has grown into one of the largest summer performing arts camps in the region serving more than 1000 children each year. To accommodate the high demand, the theatre has added new sessions to its 2023 summer camp roster and plans to expand to new locations.

For the first time this summer, children will now have the opportunity to experience Matthews Playhouse Summer Camp in neighboring communities like Indian Trail. Matthews Playhouse Executive Director, Sarah Baumgardner, says offering performance opportunities and building self-confidence in children is one of the pillars of the theatre’s mission. “Matthews Playhouse summer camps have long been regarded as an asset to the local community,” says Baumgardner. “We are on a mission to extend opportunities to students of all ages and backgrounds in a fun and supportive atmosphere regardless of where they live.”

Registration is now open for the following summer camp programs:

June 19-23, 2023 • 9:00am-3:00pm (Ages 8-15)

Matthews Playhouse is proud to partner with Indian Trail Parks and Recreation to present a week of summer performing arts camp in the Indian Trail Town Hall based on the Grammy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize-winning hit musical, Hamilton! Children aged 8-15 will learn the real stories behind the iconic characters as they face off in epic rap duels, and learn choreography based on the original Broadway production. This fun-filled week will be capped off with a performance on the outdoor stage at Crossing Paths Park. The cost is $310, need-based scholarships are available. This camp will take place in Indian Trail Town Hall: 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079. More info can be found by visiting

Matthews Playhouse is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Adrianna Eve Company, a pre-professional dance company located in Matthews, NC. The two arts organizations have joined forces to offer up-and-coming performers the following opportunities this summer to sharpen their skills, build self-confidence and create happy memories they will always treasure. These camps will take place at Adrianna Eve Company: 11025 Monroe Rd. Matthews, NC 28104

Fairytale Dance Camp

June 26-30, 2023 • 9:00am-12:00pm (Ages 2-5)

A fairytale themed dance camp where campers will learn ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling technique as well as create arts and crafts. Campers are encouraged to wear their finest fairytale attire and will need both ballet and tap shoes. Visit to learn more and register.

Musical Theatre Camp

June 26-30, 2023 • 9:00am-3:00pm (Ages 6-10)

A musical theatre dance camp where campers learn choreography and dance steps from their favorite musicals including; Hamilton, Matilda, Disney Musicals, and many more! Campers will need to wear clothes they can move in and are encouraged, though not required, to have jazz, ballet, or character shoes. Visit to learn more and register.

The following camp sessions have recently been added and still have availability. These camps will take place at Matthews Playhouse, 100 East McDowell Street in Matthews, NC.

Wicked (Full Day)

June 12-16, 2023 • 9:30am -3:30pm • (Ages 8 to 15)

We defy gravity exploring one of the most popular musicals of all time: Wicked! Students will learn songs, dances and acting challenges from the hit Broadway musical “Wicked.” Through drama games, improv, music, and movement, students will collaborate to construct their own script and present their original work in a one-of-a-kind performance to share with family and friends. Learn more

The Little Mermaid 2 (Half Day)

June 19-23, 2023 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm • (Ages 4 to 8)

Come be part of the world of The Little Mermaid in this summer adventure! We are taking this story from under the sea to the stage. In this camp we will sing, act, and dance to the songs from the little mermaid while having fun along the way! Learn more

Acting Intensive

June 26 - 30, 2023 • 10:00am-4:00pm • (Ages 11 to 13 & 14 to 17)

This acting intensive program will include scene study, movement, Alexander Technique, stage fighting, stage make-up, scenes from the classics and audition techniques. Class will end with a one-act play in front of an invited audience. Students will receive a critique from their auditions. Our evening of theater will be performed at 7:00pm on Friday, June 30th. Friends and family are welcome!​ Learn more

Disney Villains

June 26- 30, 2023 • 1:00pm-4:00pm • (Ages 5 to 10)

Be prepared for a sensational camp filled with not-so-kind intentions. In Disney Villains, students are set to show their true colors in this camp by singing and dancing to the most mischievous songs in Disney history! Featuring songs like “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Mother Knows Best” campers are sure to find the good in being bad. Learn more

KiDS Camp- Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight (Half Day)

July 17-21, 2023 • 9:00am-12:00pm • Ages 10-16

"KiDS" camp is an opportunity for kids with special needs (specifically delays in social skills, communication and peer interactions due to a cognitive or developmental disability) to explore theater arts while strengthening social skills! We will incorporate theater games, props, music, and movement to help campers make friends, build confidence, express emotions, and use their imagination. Limited to 15 campers! Learn more

Matilda 2 (Full Day)

August 7 - 11, 2023 • 9:00am-3:00pm • (Ages 7 to 13)

Come one; Come ALL revolting children! Is there enough magic in your world? This summer, take a magical journey with Matilda as she creates magic and changes her own story in Matilda Summer Camp! Learn more

Singing Intensive (Full Day)

August 7 - 11, 2023 • 10:00am-4:00pm • (Ages 11 to 17)

This is a brand new intensive class for anyone who wants to better understand their voice. In this week-long class your instructor will work on preparing and maintaining your voice to withstand the challenges of singing all styles of musical theater repertoire, including legit, character and belt. At the end of the week students will have received direct feedback from their instructor about their own voice and will perform songs in a special end of class showcase. Space is limited! Learn more

Overview of Matthews Playhouse Summer Camp

Matthews Playhouse welcomes children of all backgrounds and skill levels in the performing arts. The summer camp staff is made up of professional actors, directors, musicians, choreographers, theatre educators and former School of Theatre students who are back to pass along what they have learned to the next generation. Each instructor and camp counselor is trained to ensure that each child enjoys a summer camp experience that is safe, enriching, and fun. For more information about the fees, payment options, and other details, please visit Interested families may also contact a staff member at Matthews Playhouse by calling (704) 846-8343 or email

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About the Matthews Playhouse

The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is a community-based non-profit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate

in the world of performing arts and education. We commit to this mission by ensuring the excellence of our cultural programs for the participation and enjoyment of the people in our community.



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