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Summer Theater Camp FAQ

Holy Angels Academy | July 30-August 3

All your questions answered here!

Fees, Tickets, Refunds

Camp Fees

Deposit: A $30 deposit completes registration.

Cost: $179/student.

Special family rate for families enrolling multiple siblings: $434/family.

Holy Angels Family Volunteer discount: Parent volunteers whose children are enrolled at Holy Angels Academy and registered for the camp can receive a prorated camp rate for time volunteered. When registering, please indicate interest in volunteering and receiving this prorated rate.

The balance of the camp fee is due in full by the first day of camp.

Tickets to the Final Performance

Adult admission to the camp matinee performance (2 PM, August 3, 2019, at Holy Angels Academy) is $15/ticket.

All registered campers will be given complimentary tickets for their parents. Admission for Holy Angels Academy Volunteers and for minors (17 and under) is free.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or during the week of the camp at pick-up or drop-off at Holy Angels Academy. Cash or check only. Please make your check out to Bardstreet, LLC. Tickets are non-refundable.


Deposits are non-refundable unless camp minimum numbers for participants and/or volunteers are not met and the camp is cancelled; in this event, refunds for deposits will be issued. This decision will be made in May 2019. Camp payment is due when the camp starts and is non-refundable.

Deposits are non-refundable. Camp payment is due when the camp starts and is non-refundable.

Volunteers & Minimum Numbers


The camp will be overseen by camp director Dr. Gwen Adams, as well as volunteer members of the Holy Angels Academy community. All volunteers will be over 18 years of age and have completed a recent Archdiocese of Louisville’s Safe Environment Training Workshop. Those members of the Holy Angels Academy community interested in volunteering should indicate this while registering their child(ren) or by contacting We are unable to accept every volunteer.

A minimum number of participants are needed to cast the plays, and a minimum number of adult volunteers are also needed. Failure to meet these minimum numbers may necessitate the cancelling of the camp. This decision will be made in May 2019.

Dates, Location, What to Bring

Important Dates

Auditions: June 8, 2019

Camp: Tuesday, July 30 – Friday, August 2

Send your child’s costume: Wednesday, July 31

Final Performance: Saturday, August 3, 2 PM


Daily Camp Schedule: July 30 (Tuesday) – August 2 (Friday)

9:00 AM: Drop-off

3 PM: Pick-up

What should cast members bring to camp?

Every day: comfortable clothes, a water bottle, and a sack lunch. Camp T-shirts will be given out the first day to those who ordered one during registration.

Tuesday, July 30: All completed forms and payment.

Wednesday, July 31: Complete costume.

August 3, Saturday performance schedule:

12:30 PM All cast & crew arrive to prepare

2 PM Matinee performance

3 PM All cast, crew, and family celebration


Each member of the cast is responsible for creating his or her own costume and for bringing it to the camp on Wednesday, July 31. Costumes will be stored at Holy Angels Academy during the week of camp. After the end of the final performance, members of the cast should take their costume home. Any costume or costume article found leftover at Holy Angels Academy will be thrown away or donated. A general description of costumes for the plays will be made available, along with ideas for making affordable, simple, but inventive costumes from thrift store materials or items already owned.

Camp Location

Holy Angels Academy is located at 12201 Old Henry Road between Evergreen Road and N. English Station Road, a few blocks north of Shelbyville Road and 5 minutes west of the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Midsummer Night B
Midsummer Night A


Commedia IIB
Commedia IIC
Commedia (by Gwen Adams, copyright 2019)
Anonymous (graphics from book by Artur Oppman (1867-1931))derivative work: Wieralee [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Auditions for main speaking roles

All students registered for the camp will be given a role in the show. Students interested in a main speaking role may audition at Holy Angels Academy on June 8, 2019. Students must be registered for the camp in order to audition. Students can sign up for their preferred audition time during registration.

Students entering grades 4–7 are welcome to try out for a main speaking role in Puss in Boots.

Audition times

Sign up for preferred audition time during registration. Spaces are limited per audition and auditions will be closed when full.

Puss in Boots: 10–11 AM OR 1:30–2:30 PM

The Taming of the Shrew: 11:30–1 PM OR 3–4:30 PM

What are the main speaking roles?

The Taming of the Shrew
Baptista Minola, father to Katherine and Bianca
Katherine, his elder daughter
Bianca, his younger daughter
Petruchio, suitor to Katherine
Gremio, a friend of Baptista and interested in marrying Baptista’s daughter Bianca
Hortensio, a friend of Petruchio and also interested in marrying Baptista’s daughter Bianca
Lucentio, a young man new to town, suitor to Bianca
Vincentio, Lucentio’s father
Tranio, Lucentio’s clever servant
Biondello, Lucentio’s housekeeper and cook
Grumio, servant to Petruchio
Widow Marta, a beautiful woman in her mid-thirties whose first husband died several years ago

Puss in Boots:
Tom’s siblings
Queen of the Birds

What is the audition like?

Students must be registered to audition and must be accompanied to the audition by a parent or guardian. Auditions will last about one hour. The session will begin with a group warm-up to get everyone comfortable for the audition, followed by individual and/or group reading of scenes. Students will be asked to read and act out one or more parts during these group scenes. The best way to prepare is to read the play or story (see the main page for synopsis and links to the play/story), wear something comfortable, and get ready to have fun!


All students registered for the camp will be given a role in the show. Main speaking roles will be filled by those who auditioned. Other students will be cast in parts which may or may not have a small number of lines. Casting will be announced in June 2019 and scripts made available. Students with lines are expected to read the script and have their lines memorized by the first day of camp.

About the Director

Dr. Gwen Adams is a writer, Visiting Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute, Denver, Colorado, and the founder of Bardstreet. Since 2008, she has overseen more than twelve youth day and overnight camps. Her directing experience includes: Hickscorner (2012, 2001); Life Is a Dream (2012, 2001); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005); Commedia dell’Arte fairy tale theater “The Flower of Beauty” and “The Secret Room” (2005); Reader’s Theater Camp (2004); The Other Wiseman (2004, 2003); and Uncle Vanya (2003). She was the winner of a 2005 Tippecanoe Arts Federation Grant to produce street theater events with youth actors. You can learn more about her here.

About Holy Angels Academy

Founded in 1973, Holy Angels Academy is a private Catholic school, serving K–12 students in the Louisville area. Its mission is to educate and form youth by the means of Catholic schooling in the classical tradition, so as to prepare them to lead holy and honorable lives for God and country and thus attain the end for which they were created, that is, eternal happiness with God. You can learn more about the school by visiting their website.

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