This six-week summer intensive workshop is designed for any student, aged 8-18, who wishes to immerse themselves in the musical theatre experience through work on songs, foundational acting techniques, and choreography, as we mount northeast Ohio's first all-youth production of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical. Your children will work with a team of the best teaching artists in northeastern Ohio. In addition to their craft, our teachers focus on life skills, such as team building, respecting ourselves and others, self-esteem, responsibility, self-discipline, and helping students recognize their potential for success. This is an opportunity unlike any other in Stark County!

To ensure a high-quality experience for all students involved, we are only accepting the first 40 applicants. Please enroll today to secure your child's spot in this exciting program!

Cost to Participate: 

  • $450 for Canton City School students                                                 

  • $500 for students from other districts                                               

  • 25% Family Discount (for two or more students)

Participation Requirements: Due to the nature of the rehearsal process, it is important that we only accept those students with previous musical theatre experience--this is a musical theatre intensive program, not a fundamentals of theatre workshop. Students must have participated a fundamental theatre class, theatrical productions, or drama workshops in order to participate. All students must be age 8 or older unless otherwise approved by the Executive Director based on musical theatre experience.

Dates:          June 3-July 14, 2019

  Monday- Thursday 9:00AM-3:00PM 

  (Before-Care will be available.)

Location:     Umstattd Performing Arts Hall (inside McKinley High School)


Performances:   July 12 at 7:00PM, July 13 at 7:00PM, July 14 at 2:00PM

Tickets: General Admission Tickets are $10. 

How to Enroll: Download our REGISTRATION FORM (click link) and mail it and your payment to:

New Direction Performing Arts Academy 

c/o Carrie Alexander Spina 

1433 Melrose Circle 

Bolivar, Ohio 44612 


Please contact Carrie at or (330) 391-1604

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Carrie Alexander Spina, Exective Director