In 1997, approximately fifty years into the Delray Beach Playhouse’s rich history, a children’s theatre program was initiated to fill a void in Palm Beach County’s cultural acts. The response was astounding. What began simply as acting classes with 7 children and our Miss Dolly, soon evolved into a full, performing arts curriculum of acting, stage movement, voice, dance and a multi-faced staff of accredited professionals in their respective fields. Enrollment virtually doubled every year. Soon, the Playhouse found itself hosting hundreds of “young adults” in classes and on its stage every year.
However, space restrictions rendered us unable to accommodate all the children wishing to participate. In 2005, 4,000 square feet of performance area was added as an annex to the main theatre to support the growing children’s programming offered after school and on weekends.
Today, the Playhouse hosts classes during the school year to help students prepare for advanced theater opportunities. During the summer, the Playhouse produces more than 20 performances of an annual children’s theater show. Performing before thousands of children from all over Palm Beach and Broward County, our students get an intensive theater experience no other summer camp provides.
We also offer a Summer Fun Camp, where children get a chance to experiment in all facets of the theater, including dancing, singing and acting, in a relaxed, less stressful environment.