Gulfshore Playhouse Education’s STAR (Student Theatre Artists in Residence) Academy offers a range of after-school classes and summer theatre camp programs to students of all ages. These thoroughly enriching programs give students the chance to receive training in acting, voice, and movement from theatre professionals.

Please contact Hester Kamin at (239) 261-7529 x207 with questions.

STAR Academy Summer 2019 Programs

This summer, Gulfshore Playhouse Education’s STAR Academy will feature a series of summer half-day camp and full-day theatre camps for students aged 6-18. Students of all experience levels are invited to participate in these amazing theatre camps, taught by experienced theatre professionals. Participants will learn about singing, acting, and dancing on the stage through performance. 

Registration occurs through the City of Naples. Stay tuned for more information. Need-based scholarships will be available.

Ages 6-8
STAR in a Show Junior: The Wizard of Oz

We’re off to see the Wizard! Performers 6-8 years old take on triple roles as Munchkins, Flying Monkeys, and Crows in this musical theatre camp that takes us to the magical land of Oz.

Program Dates: June 10 – June 28
Monday-Friday 9AM – 12PM
Performances: Thursday, June 27 at 7PM; Friday, June 28 at 3PM and 7PM
Tuition: $375

Broadway Bootcamp, Junior

This introduction to musical theatre is for performers 6-8 years old. Working with professional teaching artists, participants rehearse scenes and songs while learning teamwork and self-confidence. Performers will present a final showcase to family and friends on the Gulfshore Playhouse stage.

Program Dates: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Monday-Friday 9AM-12PM
Recital: Friday, July 12 at 7PM
Tuition: $250

Ages 9-14
STAR in a Show: The Wizard of Oz

Follow the yellow brick road to a summer of musical theatre adventure!  L. Frank Baum’s beloved story about Dorothy and her friends has captured our hearts for more than 100 years. Students will learn about acting, singing, and dancing during this full-day theatre camp. Join us over the rainbow!

Program Dates: Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 28
Monday-Friday 9AM – 4PM
Performances: Thursday, June 27 at 7PM and Friday, June 28 at 3PM and 7PM
Tuition: $550

Broadway Bootcamp

This half-day theatre camp is perfect for actors ages 9-14 to explore musical theatre performance. Students will prepare a musical showcase featuring scenes, songs, and dances from Broadway’s biggest hits.

Program Dates: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
Monday-Friday 1PM – 4PM
Recital: Friday, July 12 at 7PM
Tuition: $250

The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition developed by iTheatrics
Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald
Presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK
Ages 13-18
Teen Conservatory: Les Miserables

Auditions: Sunday, March 3
Program Dates: Monday, July 8 – Sunday, August 10
Monday-Friday, 9AM – 4PM
Thursday, August 1 at 7PM
Friday, August 2 at 2PM and 7PM
Saturday, August 3 at 7PM
Sunday, August 4 at 2PM
Tuesday, August 6 at 7PM
Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM
Thursday, August 8 at 7PM
Friday, August 9 at 2PM and 7PM
Saturday, August 10 at 7PM

Set in 19th century France, this cherished Tony-winning classic is the ultimate story of redemption and a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Featuring iconic songs like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and a dynamic cast of incredible characters, Les Misérables has become one of the most celebrated musicals in history. Under the direction of Broadway veteran Becky Timms (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats), Teen Conservatory students have the exciting opportunity to take part in this epic musical.

The Teen Conservatory was created to give teens who have a passion for the performing arts a program where they can work with professional artists, see world-class theatre, and learn the craft of performance in an intensive but non-competitive environment. No experience is necessary, but students must demonstrate a deep level of seriousness and a willingness to learn, grow, and become part of a professional arts community. Teen Conservatory students have learned from Broadway artists and casting directors, been mentored by Gulfshore Playhouse staff, and performed such shows as The Secret Garden and Into the Woods.

Auditions: Sunday, March 3, 2019
10:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuition: $900
Need-based and merit-based scholarships available.

To register for an audition, please call Hester Kamin at (239) 261-7529 x207.


Please bring sheet music and sing 16 bars each from 2 of the following songs:

  • Jean ValJean — “Bring Him Home”
  • Javert — “Stars”
  • Fantine– “I Dreamed a Dream”
  • Cosette/Marius — “A Heart Full of Love”
  • Eponine — “On My Own”
  • Little Cosette — “Castle on a Cloud”
  • Madame and Monsieur Thenardier — “Master of the House”

Please note that though you may only be singing 16 bars, we would like you to know the entire song.

Sheet music can be found at your local library or purchased at

Please dress in comfortable clothes and dance shoes or sneakers and be prepared to move.



  1. Your sheet music.
  2. A water bottle.
  3. Lunch or money for lunch (There is a Starbucks nearby.)
  4. A pen or pencil.


  • 10:00AM – 1:00PM singing auditions (all)
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM break
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM movement call (all)
  • 3:00PM – 6:00PM callbacks

Please note that not all auditioners will be asked to attend callbacks. However, that does NOT mean that the auditioner will not be asked to participate in the Summer 2019 Teen Conservatory.

Accepted students will be notified by Monday, March 11, and will have 48 hours to decide if they wish to accept their place in the Teen Conservatory.

A Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Based on the Novel by Victor Hugo
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Additional Material by James Fenton
Adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Original Orchestrations by John Cameron
New Orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe, and Stephen Brooker
Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh
School Edition Specially Adapted and Licensed by Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Ltd.
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International