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Hackmatack Theatre Camp 2017

Drama Camp 5

Hello Hackma Campers!

I am very excited to be joining you this summer for Hack-ma-Camp. My name is Chris Gempp and I will be joining you as your camp director this summer. I am an elementary music teacher and have been acting at Hackmatack for the past six summers. Every year I have seen all of you having fun at camp and I cannot wait to work with all of you. This year camp will start on June 26th and run for four weeks.

Our goal this year is to have each of you grow as performers. We will be working on acting, singing and dancing. We will grow through theater games as well as workshops. I am currently looking for an ensemble based musical that will let all of you shine! As soon as the show is chosen I will get the word out.

I am happy to announce that Rob Finch will be back as the music director for camp. I am sure there will be many other familiar faces around as well. I can't wait to meet all of you in June and start growing as performers.

Chris Gempp

Camp Information

Dates: June 26 - July 22

Times: 9am - 12pm, Monday through Friday

Performances: 10 am Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22

  • Hackmatack Theater Camp is geared for children between the ages of 7 and 13.
  • No experience is necessary.
  • Camp will run Monday through Friday, 9am to Noon.
  • Each Camper will receive two tickets redeemable for showcase admission.
  • Tuition is $600. A $100 non-refundable deposit is necessary to hold a spot.
  • All campers "Paid in full" by April 15 will receive a free Flex Pass for the Hackmatack main stage 2017 summer season.
  • Space is limited and enrollment is on a first come basis.
  • Call Hackmatack Box Office (207) 698-1807 for more information.

Registration Information

To register for camp, you'll need to complete 2 forms.
You may download them by clicking the links below, or you may call us at (207) 698-1807 and we will send you the forms in the mail. Once completed, please mail or email them to us (see the Contact page for information).

Camper Registration Form

Camper Medical Release Form

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Meet Our Camp Instructors

Christopher Gempp

Christopher Gempp

Children's Theatre Camp Director

Summer Camp Details

Christopher is an elementary music teacher by day and is excited to be back again at Hackmatack Playhouse. Last summer he was on stage here at Hackmatck as the King in Once upon a Mattress and has been in the ensemble of many other shows, such as Les Mis, Hairspray, Spamalot, and Music Man. He recently directed Little Mermaid Jr., and 9 to 5 at Garrison Players, where he serves on the board of directors and director of Youth Education. He has also run the summer camp at Garrison Players for the past 4 summers. His favorite roles have included Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol and Pete and Lendall in Almost Maine.

Rob Finch

Rob Finch

Children's Theatre Music Director

Rob is excited to be returning to the Hackmacamp staff for his 2nd year as music director. He brings with him 10 years of experience teaching and directing music at the middle and high school levels. Recently graduating from Gordon College with his Masters of Music Education, Rob currently teachers middle school choir & classroom music at Dover Middle School in Dover, NH where he is also the music director for the drama club. In addition to teaching Rob is an active conductor in the New England region. Past conducting experience includes the instrumental chorus at The University of New Hampshire's Jr. Summer Youth Music School, honors music festivals including Vermont District VI, Maine District VI, Maine District III and Maine District II. He is currently the assistant conductor of the Seacoast Community Choir based out of York, ME and sings in the Portland Community Chorus. Rob is passionate about teaching kids to sing and has recently presented at the Maine Music Educators Allstate Conference (2015) on the male changing voice. Furthermore, Rob is thrilled to be working with such an energetic staff at Hackmatack that is sure to bring you an outstanding show and is looking forward to meeting and making music with the campers.