Summer Youth Workshops

Summer Youth Theater Workshops at the Arcata Playhouse

Summer is upon us and the Arcata Playhouse is gearing up for its summer youth theater workshops. There is still time to sign your child up for a fun and engaging experience this summer.  This year’s classes will featuring explorations in everything from puppet making and performance to creative movement and clowning to our very popular outdoor spectacle classes known as Pageant on the Plaza.

The schedule of classes is in three different segments over the summer with a wide variety of opportunities to fit into your busy summer plans with Puppet Camp June 25-29, Pageant on the Plaza July 9-12 and Theater Camp running July 23-27.

Costs for the sessions range from $100 for a half day to $400 for a full-time two week course with scholarships available. For further details see class descriptions below or visit our website for registration forms at

Puppet Camp June 25-29 from 9:00 am – noon & 12:30 am - 3:30 pm (ages 6 - 14) consists of a puppet building laboratory during the morning session. Campers will be guided through a brainstorming, planning, and building process by the teachers. The lab focuses on building your own puppet characters and puppet stages.  In the afternoon campers will write and create original puppet plays with the puppet characters they build in the morning. Cost is $100 for a half day and $175 for whole day.

Pageant on the Plaza July 9-12 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (ages 9-14) is an exciting two-week adventure into outdoor performance and spectacle. The two-week workshop begins with a week of skill building during which classes are presented in storytelling, character development, construction of large puppets, music, movement and stilt walking. The second week is dedicated to applying those freshly minted skills to building and rehearsing an original production to be performed at the end of a Saturdays' Farmers Market on July 21st. Cost is $400 ($350 before June 10) for full-time two week session.

Theater Camp July 23-27 from 9:00 am – noon & 12:30 – 3:30 pm (ages 6-9)

Two classes offered are Creative Movement in the morning and Clown Town in the afternoon. For Creative Movement Children will dance, roll, wiggle, run, hop, skip and learn basic acrobatics and more in this active theatrical movement class. The teacher will work with recorded music and help the group create their own music to move to as an ensemble. Lots of energy required!  In Clown Town kids will develop their own hilarious clown characters that all live in a goofy town together and will have a comic clown adventure to save Clown Town. Cost is $100 for a half day and $175 for whole day.


Please email Amy Tetzlaff with questions or for a registration form:

or call the Arcata Playhouse at 822-1575.

For additional information visit or call 822-1575.

Cirque Schwazee' Youth Programs Benefit

Cirque Schwazee' Youth Benefit Features Circus, Variety and Live Music


The magic of the circus comes to the Arcata Playhouse in Cirque Du Schwazee', an evening of family entertainment to benefit the Playhouse youth programs.  Taking place on Saturday, April 21, the event combines elements of theater, outdoor spectacle, circus and general merriment to create a fun experience for kids and adults alike.

This family friendly evening will feature guest appearance from David Ferney, Jamie Coventry, Dell’Arte students and the hilarious Spring Break Workshop Kids from the Arcata Playhouse youth workshops all hosted by the great Schwazee’. Live music provided by Gregg Moore and his band of merry musicians this event is sure to tickle your funny bone.

Come early (5:30-6:45) and catch the Sideshow Midway with carnival characters, puppetry, short films, a fortune teller, portrait artist, face painting, and more.

The show starts at 7 p.m. with the grand entrance of the Great Schwazee' performed by Tushar Mathew.  

The Playhouse is located at 1251 9th Street in the Creamery building.  Tickets are $12 general, $8 for children 12 and under.  They are available at Wildberries Market Place or reserve by calling 822-1575.

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