Youth Theater Camp


Star Wars Meets Shakespeare

OVST Youth camp has an adventure in store from June 11-29. Rising grades 2-6 meet from 9:00-11:30 M-F and 12:00-3:00 for 7-12. Some adjustment will occur the final week to join the two camps in one production at Southern Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St.

Come join us “A long , long time ago. In a Galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: Verily a New Hope.”  This fantastic retelling of Star Wars uses Shakespeare’s famous writing style.The Saga of  Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader, a beautiful Princess Leia held captive, as well as a young farmer Luke Skywalker, who will one day become a hero and save the galaxy. Shakespeare and Star Wars abound with all the adventure, valor, villainy and spectacle of The Bard’s greatest plays.

This three week fast pace intensive camp will conclude with a free performance of this familiar tale.  The youth and teen camps will join together to share their show at 11:00 on the final camp day, June 29.

Students will learn Shakespeare’s style of text using iambic pentameter and Star Wars’ familiar characters and story in a speech workshop.

A stage combat workshop will instruct  how to properly handle a lightsaber, “an Elegant Weapon.”

Also what Sci Fi show would be complete without spectacular special effects and  excellent tech! If you have ever dreamed about being a part of Star Wars, here is your chance!

For information and/or registration form email  Tuition is $150 and includes tee shirt. Mail form and check to OVST box 303, Athens Ohio 45701. OR pay on-line at



Ohio Valley Summer Theater’s Youth Camp is our keystone youth engagement activity. This ten-year-old Youth Camp engages approximately 45 elementary, middle and high school students each summer.

Youth Camp is a three-week immersive, educational theater experience divided into two camps: 1) morning camp for rising 2nd-6th grade students, and 2) afternoon camp for rising 7th-12th grade students. Each camp culminates in a free, public performance for all campers, crew, lighting, and sound technicians.

Youth Camp participants are drawn from all area schools, the local homeschool community, out-of-town visitors, and exchange students.  No previous experience is necessary to attend Youth Camp and repeat participants often advance into assistant and mentorship roles with younger and first-time campers.

A unique offering at OVST’s Youth Camp is the availability of a technical theater track for students interested in all that encompasses what goes into making a staged production



Tuition scholarships are available.