Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program at Matoaka is made up of three departments:
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
All of these departments are elective departments. Campers may choose to add these to their own schedule if they wish.


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The theatre department at Matoaka involves many campers in two major productions of Broadway style musicals, a variety of skits, talent shows and evening activities. These are performed in our state-of-the-art 450 seat performing arts center – fully equipped with theatrical lighting, sound system, costume and makeup rooms, and a backstage area where campers can take part in painting and constructing sets and props. Matoaka hires a theater director, as well as costume, music, and technical director. All campers who audition receive parts in the production. For campers who are interested in working behind the scenes, we have workshops in: set design, prop and costume design, and lighting and audio technical support. back to top Last summer Camp Matoaka hosted two major spectacular productions:
  • Hairspray
  • Legally Blonde


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Dance is an elective at Matoaka. Campers may choose to add dance to their schedule if they wish to do so. Our dance program includes basic, intermediate and advanced instruction in ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, modern, hip hop, choreography and musical theatre. All classes are broken down by skill level so girls can learn, improve, and progress through our program during the summer. The dance department staff consists of three instructors, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in dance or are currently studying dance. Facilities include three dance studios equipped with 30′ x 40′ cushioned Hardwood floors, mirrors, wooden ballet bars, and a sound system. back to top


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Another popular elective is music, and as always campers of any age or ability may participate. The camp pianist provides piano lessons to all campers who have an interest. Lessons on other musical instruments may be arranged with other musically talented counselors. Any campers who have a love for singing are encouraged to join the “Matoaka Singers.” The Matoaka Singers lead campfires and perform periodically throughout the summer. As well as the four drama productions each summer, campers also have the opportunity to star in talent shows, air band nights and bunk karaoke nights.