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Westminster College, local school district to offer youth drama camp

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Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Westminster College and the Wilmington Area School District (WASD) will offer the New Wilmington Theater Project Summer Camp, a two-week program in July for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Running weekdays from July 15 to 26 at the New Wilmington Borough Park Amphitheater, a camp for children in kindergarten through grade six will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., while a second camp for students in grades seven through 12 will run from noon to 3 p.m.

The students will work on various aspects of musical theater and productions to produce a free, mini-musical for the New Wilmington community at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 26.

“The New Wilmington area has a history of great arts programming,” said Tara Hackwelder, WASD English teacher and camp director. “We are excited to collaborate with Westminster students to provide this opportunity to kids in the area.”

Shawn Redmond, a Westminster College senior music performance major from Ellwood City, Pa., will serve as the assistant director for the camp. Other Westminster and community members will assist with the program. All helpers have clearances and many years of experience with theater and musical theater.

The camp fee is $250 per student with siblings at a reduced cost. Students who quality for free or reduced lunches are eligible for scholarships for the camp. Proceeds from the program will support the WASD Drama Club.

In case of inclement weather, the camp will be held in indoor locations at Westminster College.

For more information or to register for the program, please visit Registrations are due Monday, July 8.

The camp is sponsored, in part, by Westminster College’s Beyond the Quad Art Series, with support from New Wilmington Borough and EDCOM Economic Development Committee and coordination by the Center for Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) at Westminster College.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of environmental science and faculty fellow for community engagement, at