Summer Camps

2020 Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

Introducing our exciting lineup of theatre and dance camps with offerings for ages preschool-high school. Class sizes are limited and fill up quickly! Note: If you register online, please download and return the Summer Camps Registration Packet to the MHT Box Office within five (5) business days of paying the camp fee. Online registrations must be paid in full. 


>> VACATION ON MARS - A Science and Drama Camp!
June 1 - 5,  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM,  2nd - 6th Grade, Fee: $95
Musical theatre meets the science lab in this creative camp! Students will work on the wacky musical comedy VACATION ON MARS while exploring scientific principles related to the show via experiments guided by science teacher Tim Franklin! THE STORY: When a family sets out for the vacation of a lifetime, they have no idea they'll soon be touring the whole solar system! And these planets have attitude! Will the family ever get to Mars?
Performance: June 5 at 5:00 PM in MHT’s Studio Theatre. Instructors: Tim Franklin and April Cochran.

>> PRE-K BALLET: Princess Ballerinas
June 1 - 5,  11:00 AM - 11:45 AM,  Ages 3 - 6, Fee: $35

Become a Princess Ballerina in four days! Ballerinas will learn how to walk, run, skip, and curtsy just like a princess!  Leotard, tights, and ballet shoes are recommended. Hair should be up in a bun or pulled away from the face. Wear a princess costume on the last day of class!  Instructor: Emi Hensel REGISTER NOW

>> WINNIE THE POOH Kids - Musical Performance Camp!
June 8 - 12 & 15 - 19,  9:00 AM - 12:00PM,  1st - 6th Grade, Fee: $145
Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey! Along the way, he and his pals discover that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks. This stage adaptation is certain to be an unforgettable musical experience! Performances: June 19 at 5:00 & June 20 at 2:30 in Market House Theatre
Instructors: April Cochran, Emily Yocum Black

June 8 - 12,  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ages 4 - 6, Fee: $35

Based on MHT’s PlayTime interactive performance series, students come to the Clubhouse and create a secret handshake, learn the word of the day, and then act out a story with costumes and props from the magic Clubhouse trunk!
Instructor: Miranda Bliss

>> CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE! - Preschool PlayShop
June 15 - 19, 1:00 - 2:00PM, Ages 3 - 5, Fee: $35

A different thrilling adventure based on a storybook every day!  Will we be underwater?  In a jungle? Walking with a wizard?  This hour-long session will include stories, crafts and lots of fun!
Instructor: April Cochran

June 22 - 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Ages 12 - 18, Fee: $80

Our popular Vocal & Choreography camp is back! Sing and dance your way through some of the latest Broadway hits and classics in this music revue intensive! There will be a showcase on the final day for families and friends.
Instructors: Emily Yocum Black, Emi Hensel

June 22 - 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ages 7 - 11, Fee: $55

Our popular Vocal & Choreography camp is now available to younger students!
Instructors: Emily Yocum Black, Emi Hensel

June 29 - July 3, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Ages 4 - 6, Fee: $50

Make your Broadway debut and learn a new show-stopping number each day!  On the last day step under the bright lights to perform a showcase for your family and friends.
Instructor: Emily Griffin

>> Progressive Play: THE WIZARD OF OZ
June 29 - July 3, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 1st - 8th Grade, Fee: $80

In this whimsical retelling of Frank L. Baum’s classic tale, audiences will follow Dorothy on her way to Oz and home again.  Students will work together to create a unique experience for audiences and performers alike as they travel from setting to setting.  Students will not only be performing, but creating costumes, props and scenery as well!
Instructor: Emily Griffin



July 6 - 10,  9:00 AM -11:00 AM, 1st - 3rd Grade, Fee: $60

Act out some of your favorite literary characters like Junie B. Jones and Fancy Nancy while building your performance skills.  End the week with a showcase of your work for family and friends.
Instructor: Emily Griffin

>> BALLET VARIATIONS INTENSIVE - Intermediate to Advanced
July 6 - 10, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Ages 11 - 18, Fee: $55

Learn a classical ballet variation piece! Students will learn what it takes to dance like a pro as we work through choreography in this week long intensive. At least two years of ballet experience is required. Wear a leotard and tights or leggings. Hair in a bun. Pointe shoes are welcome but not required!
Instructor: Emi Hensel

>> THE HUNGER GAMES: Costumes and Combat
July 6 - 10, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4th - 8th Grade, Fee: $80

Explore the world of the Hunger Games through a series of engaging classes and activities such as stage combat and designing your own over-the-top costumes.  End the week with our own version of the Hunger Games.
Instructor: Emily Griffin

>> PETER PAN, JR - Musical Performance Camp!
July 13 - 17 & 20 - 24, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 4th - 12th Grade, Fee: $195
Play a part in a fully produced musical adventure into Neverland.  Students will take on the professional challenge of learning their lines and music BEFORE camp starts, and then come together to create these classic characters over the course of two weeks.  Ticking crocodiles and pixie dust are only part of the magic that will make up Peter Pan Jr.! Instructors: Emily Griffin, Cindy Miller, Emi Hensel. Mandatory audition for role assignment: June 24 at 5:30.  Roles assigned by June 26. Performances:  July 24 at 7 PM, July 25 & 26 at 2:30 in Market House Theatre

July 13 - 17, 11:00 - 11:45, Ages 3 - 6, Fee: $35

Scamper like a mouse, float like a butterfly, and jump like a monkey! In this camp we will explore basic concepts of rhythm and movement. Perfect for boys and girls to discover the joys of dance! Wear comfortable clothing with hair pulled away from the face. Footwear can be ballet shoes or bare feet. 
Instructor: Emi Hensel

July 13 - 17, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Ages 7 - 10, Fee: $35

Learn a fun hip hop routine in this high energy dance camp! Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Fee: $35. Instructor: Emi Hensel

>> PUT ME ON STAGE: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
July 27 - 31,  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd - 3rd Grade, Fee: $90

Come together for a week-long adventure of putting on a play based on the hilarious story “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book”!  Students will engage in every aspect of the production from decorating their sets to acting out their roles.  On the last day, share your hard work with a showcase for family and friends
Instructor: Emily Griffin

July 27-31, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 1st - 4th Grade, Fee: $90

The Market House Diva has gone missing! Join some of your favorite literary sleuths in solving the mystery of her disappearance and making sure the show still goes on.  The last day will include a showcase of a mystery play and reveal the solution to the case!
Instructor: Emily Griffin


To register, either:

1. Call the MHT Box Office at 270.444.6828. 

Please have credit card information ready when calling. A deposit of $25 per class can be paid or balance can be paid in full. You must download the Summer Camps Registration Packet and return/email to the Box Office prior to the start of class.  

2. Stop by the MHT Box Office at 132 Market House Square.

Required paperwork can be filled out at time of visit, or in advance by downloading the Summer Camps Registration Packet. A deposit of $25 per class can be paid or balance can be paid in full. Cash, Check or Credit Card is accepted.

3. Register online

Online registrations must be paid in full. You must download the Summer Camps Registration Packet and return/email to the Box Office prior to the start of class. 


Payment & Refund Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $25 per class is due upon registration. Class changes and refunds in full can be made up until May 1. There will be no refunds after this point, but a credit can be made toward tuition of a future class within the same year of the cancellation. Online registrations must be paid in full. Class sizes are limited!

Grade Levels: Enroll your child in the grade level he or she will be entering in Fall 2020.

*Online registrations must be paid in full. 

Full and partial scholarships are available! Financial aid forms can be downloaded and returned to the MHT Box Office for consideration. Questions? Give us a call at 270.444.6828.
Every child must have an MHT Health and Consent form on file. If registering online, please download and fill out form and send with child on the first day of camp. Or, feel free to bring it to the MHT Box Office at 132 Market House Square. 

MHT Box Office, Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM
132 Market House Square, Paducah, KY 42001


Summer Camps at MHT are supported in part by Grants from



Meet MHT's Summer Camp Teaching Staff!

April Cochran is Education Director for Market House Theatre and has over 40 years of directing, teaching and performance experience for theatres throughout the midwest. She was the recipient of AACT’s Distinguished Merit Award in 2011.

Emi Hensel is Program Director for DanceMHT and MHT's principle choreographer. 

Emily Griffin is MHT's new Education Director! Joining us in July 2020! 

Cindy Miller is an accomplished musician and vocalist and has done extensive work with MHT as past Development Director and music director for several musicals, including the upcoming show Matilda.

Miranda Bliss Currently an instructor for our preschool Footlights troupes, she is excited to lead our younger friends in imagination, creativity and PLAY!  

Emily Yocum Black has performed extensively in musicals, operas, chamber and orchestral works for over 15 years.

Tim Franklin is a science teacher at Paducah Middle School. He offers a unique approach to teaching science by utilizing fine arts in his classroom instruction.