Summer Stars Children’s Theater Camp

Spots still available for all weeks, except for weeks 7 & 8.


JUNE 24 - AUGUST 23, 2024

Monday – Friday,  9am – 1pm

A fun weekly program for children, ages 8 – 14, 

exploring the magic of theater and art!

MV Playhouse, 24 Church Street in downtown Vineyard Haven

Summer Stars is MV Playhouse’s small, friendly weekly camp for children ages 8-14. We focus on creating theater and exploring artistic expression through original play-making, music, movement, improvisation, character development and performance. Year-round islanders and summer visitors become friends and learn to work together. We provide engaging individualized and small group experiences. When weather permits, campers perform on Fridays in the idyllic Tisbury Amphitheater! Camp is open to children of all abilities. Summer Stars is staffed by theater professionals and junior counselors who are veterans of the program.

Enrollment may be limited. Some weeks fill up quickly.

No drop-ins.

Star Membership

A “Star Membership” is required for each camper attending Summer Stars. Star Memberships are an annual tax-deductible donation of $50 per child. Membership is valid for a full year from the date you sign up and applies to all Playhouse children’s programming. A Star Membership also provides discounts for all child-friendly Playhouse performances.


*Please register using the link below.

We offer scholarships and financial aid. We want every child who has a passion for theater to have the opportunity to attend Summer Stars. Please ask us how we can help to make that happen!

TO REGISTER: Registration and Star Membership Forms below. 

*Please fill out BOTH forms to complete registration.

*Advance registration is required.

For Registration:

For Star Membership Registration:

For Camp Rates:


*Themes are subject to change

Week One: Folk Tales from Afar

June 24 – 28

Every culture has its own folktales and fables. This week, we’ll go around the globe to discover and perform some of these culturally significant stories.

Week Two: 4th of July Parade and Poetry & Performance

July 1 -3* (Prorated week)

This week is different! From Monday through Wednesday, camp will be held as usual. We’ll write our own original poetry and creative writing pieces to present in an exciting and expressive performance. Our activities will also include creating decorations for our 4th of July parade float. On Thursday, campers are invited to ride on the MV Playhouse float in the Edgartown parade! Camp fees are pro-rated for this week.

Week Three: Ancient Greek Week

July 8 – 12

Where did theater start? Back to Ancient Greece we go to learn about the origins of comedy and tragedy, mask and myth – and have some fun along the way!

Week Four: Shakespeare in the Park

July 15 – 19

‘Tis the week to study and perform Shakespeare!


Week Five: Vineyard Historical Fiction

July 22 – 26

What was it like to live on Martha’s Vineyard in the past? We will explore and perform exciting historical tales from our island.

Week Six: Living Art Museum

July 29 – August 1

Every painting tells a story, and a picture is worth a thousand words. This week, we will bring works of art to vivid life on the stage!

Week Seven: Fairy Tales

August 5 – 9

A Summer Stars favorite — we’ll write and perform our own fabulous fairy tales this week!

Week Eight: Jesters, Tricksters & Fools

August 12 – 16

This will be a madcap week of comedy and pranks and Shakespearean fools all in one original performance piece!

Week Nine: Folk Tales From Afar

August 19 – 23

A “campers’ favorite” theme to bookend our 2024 Summer Stars season! With so many cultures to choose from, all with their own folktales and fables, we’ll once more go around the globe to discover and perform some of these culturally significant stories.

Meet Our Staff!

Katherine Reid, Camp Director

A native islander and University of Vermont Theatre, Art, and Anthropology graduate, Katherine has been playing and working at MV Playhouse since age 8. She has served as Camp Director since 2018 and has worn many hats at the Playhouse and throughout her theatrical career, on and off stage. In addition to Children’s Programming, Katherine serves on the Marketing & Development team. She is so excited for another great season of Summer Stars!

Lucy Moore

Lucy Moore (they/them) is an improviser and theatre artist currently based in Boston. Born and raised in San Francisco, they grew up spending summers on the Vineyard visiting family. They are entering their senior year at Emerson College, where they are pursuing a BFA in Theatre Education and a minor in Comedy Writing and Performance. This past year they worked on productions as an actor, improviser, stage manager, and playwright. Lucy has been working at summer camps for over ten years, and is so excited to join the Summer Stars team!