2017 Summer Camps – Registration has begun!

Announcing Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts – 2017 Summer Youth Camps

(All grades listed indicate grade just completed)

Summer Play: Grades 2-4 led by Kira Lace Hawkins

This five-day camp will take the students through an exciting original script surrounded by acting and movement exercises. Creative projects, improvisation, games, and character studies will build confidence and further the students’ knowledge of acting technique.

Requirements:  Memorization of lines will be expected as the students perform before their friends and family on the last day of camp. Bring your lunch for each day along with a snack for breaks.

  • What: A 5-day camp that will culminate in a performance showcasing the talents of the students.
  • When:  June 5th-9th from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  Students should bring a big snack.  Performance will be held on the Wagon Wheel stage on the final day of camp.
  • Where:    The Wagon Wheel Theatre Lobby

2515 E. Center St.

Warsaw, IN  46580

(574) 267- 8041

  • Who:  Young actors who have finished grades 2- 4 are welcome. An ability to read at grade level is essential, as memorization of lines will be expected.
  • Cost:  $150, which includes admission to the 2pm performance of Newsies on Thursday, June 8th.

How do I sign up?  Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (download) and bring it with you.  All questions should be directed to kris@wagonwheeltheatre.com


Theatre Workshop: Grades 5-7 led by Kira Lace Hawkins

Led by Wagon Wheel actor and educator Kira Lace Hawkins, this camp is designed to challenge middle school students to further develop their acting skills.  Over the course of 5 days, students will develop an exciting theatrical piece to perform for family and friends at the culmination of the camp.

  • What: 5-day camp that will culminate in a production showcasing the talents of the student.
  • When:  June 19th-23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Students should bring a sack lunch.  Performance will be held on the final day of class.
  • Where: Class will meet in the ballroom of Wyndham Garden Hotel. Our first day of class, we will meet in the Wagon Wheel Theater lobby and move to the ballroom together.

2515 E. Center St.

Warsaw, IN  46580

(574) 267- 8041

  • Who: Young actors who have finished grades 5-7 are welcome.
  • Cost: $150, which includes admission to the 2pm performance of Footloose on Thursday, June 22nd.

How do I sign up?  Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (download) and bring it with you.  All questions should be directed to kris@wagonwheeltheatre.com


Musical Theater Workshop: Children of Eden Grades 8-12 led by Ben and Emily Dicke

Now in its 13th year of producing the highest quality student productions on our very own Wagon Wheel stage, the camp that brought to life such amazing shows as Once on this Island, The Pirates of Penzance, HONK!, Kiss Me, Kate, and last year’s Urinetown is back with Children of Eden! Aimed at giving students a professional theater experience, this eleven-day, fast-paced workshop will bring students from rehearsal to curtain in a week and a half.  Directed by Ben and Emily Dicke

  • What: 11-day camp that culminates in a fully realized production of Children of Eden. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by John Caird.
  • When:  June 14-24 from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day but Sunday when we’ll have an evening rehearsal.  Students should bring a sack lunch and snacks.  Performance will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, June 24th.
  • Where:    The Wagon Wheel Theatre

2515 E. Center St.

Warsaw, IN  46580

(574) 267- 8041

  • Who:  Young actors who have finished grades 8-12 are welcome.
  • Cost: $250, which includes admission to the 2pm performance of Footloose on Thursday, July 22nd.

How do I sign up?  Please stop in the Wagon Wheel Theatre Box office to pay for the class and fill out the registration form. You may also print out the registration form PDF (download) and bring it with you.  All questions should be directed to kris@wagonwheeltheatre.com


SCHOLARSHIPS:  Scholarships are available for all programs.  Wagon Wheel Theatre believes that every child should have an opportunity to experience live theatre first-hand regardless of ability to pay.  To request consideration for a scholarship, please send an email to Holly Lantz holly@wagonwheelcenter.org with information about your child’s experience level and your financial need.

Our Professional Teaching Staff:

Kira Lace Hawkins studied music and theater at St. Olaf College, and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University.  Kira currently teaches acting classes to all ages at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, and she serves as adjunct faculty at Manchester University directing productions and teaching theater classes. This will be Kira’s seventh summer working with the Wagon Wheel Theatre Youth Programs.  Previous acting credits at the Wheel include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, and Paulette in Legally Blonde.

Emily Ann Luhrs is a Chicago theatre artist whose exploits include writing, performing, directing, and puppetry. Her most recent projects include directing a TYA production of Seussical with the Musical Theatre students at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and designing a five-headed dragon puppet for the Theatre department’s spring play: She Kills Monsters. Emily also worked for five years as a teaching artist at the Denver Center Theatre Academy. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma.

Ben Dicke began working at the Wagon Wheel in 2004. Favorite roles on that stage include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Applegate in Damn Yankees, and Cliff in Cabaret, among many others. Ben helped co-create the Wagon Wheel’s Summer Youth Programming alongside Andy Robinson in the summer of 2005. In addition to their directing work with the students of Warsaw and the surrounding areas, Ben and Andy have collaborated as directors for the professional company on a number of projects including Brighton Beach Memoirs, Blithe Spirit, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among others. Ben is excited to work both onstage this summer in Young Frankenstein and, once again, collaborate with Andy Robinson as co-directors for The Crucible. Ben is currently the Chair of the Theatre Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.