/ Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

Learn and Engage

Part of HSRT’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for the youth in our community. We hope that by providing these experiences, participants will develop a lifelong love of theatre.

Register now  Registration for our theatre workshops are now open. This seasons camps, classes and workshops are:

Elephant and Piggie's We Are Going to Learn About Theatre!

Explore your imagination in Elephant and Piggie's world using drawing, movement, verbalization and team-building games. Students will create and inhabit original characters with Elephant and Piggie artists on the HSRT set!

  • 3–young 5s: August 5–9, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Grades K–2: June 24–28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Play it Cool... Real Cool with West Side Story

Students will be introduced to acting, singing and dancing by learning a show-stopping number straight from the source: the cast members of  West Side Story. Our artists will help build students' confidence, work ethic, focus and cooperation at this high-energy workshop.

  • Grades K–2: August 5–9, 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Grades 3–6: July 8–12, 10 a.m.–noon
High School Theatre Apprentice Company

This intensive is geared toward high schoolers looking to go deeper with their skills, and gain experience working with a professional theatre company. HSRT artists will work with apprentices on a performance to be shown in different locations in Holland, and a showcase/reception with the HSRT community on July 21 at 2 p.m.. Apprentices will also shadow rehearsals and company events, and will each receive a mentor in HSRT's professional company. (Lunch included — Hope College Cafeteria)

  • Grades 8–12:
    • June 24–28: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; lunch; 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
    • Thursdays July 11, 18, 25: 5:30–8 p.m.
    • July 21: Performance, 2 p.m.
Emerging Artist Initiative

HSRT is excited to announce a new initiative for high school students. This audition-based, tuition-based company of young people will present Cinderella, a new twist on a favorite story created by Artistic Director Lenny Banovez, with music by Jessica McIlquham. Directed by Benjamin Lohrberg, students will be immersed in a professional theatre experience and will have professional director, designers and actors to guide them through the production process. Students who are cast will receive masterclass, workshop and free conservatory sessions.

Conservatory Series

This series will cover all aspects of performance (acting, singing, dancing, auditioning for the actor) it provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced performance skills. (Save $75 with entire series, each session is also offered individually for $45)

  • Grades 5–12:
    • July 22 (auditioning): 12:45–3:45 p.m.
    • July 24 (acting): 12:45–3:45 p.m.
    • July 29 (singing): 3–6 p.m.
    • July 31 (dance): 3–6 p.m.
    • August 1 (yoga): 3–6 p.m.
Improv Camp

Learn elements of storytelling, teamwork and creative collaboration in this week-long introduction to Improv! Improv Camp will give students the tools and freedom to let their zaniest, silliest ideas become cooperative scenes and stories.

  • Grades 3–8: July 29–August 2, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Fractured Fairy Tales

Post-apocalyptic Rumpelstiltskin? Sure! The story of Alice and Wonderland told entirely by robots? Sounds great! This class is perfect for aspiring writers, actors, directors and artists alike. Students will be given a theme at the beginning of the week, and the opportunity to develop, write and perform their own original take on a time-honored story.

  • Grades 3–8:
    • July 15–19: 12:45–4:45 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 21: Performance, 2 p.m.
Perform LIke a Pro: with Lenny Banovez: Masterclass

Join HSRT's Artistic Director Lenny Banovez and learn what it takes to perform at the professional level. Lenny comes to us from New York City where he is the founding artistic director of the critically acclaimed and award winning Titan Theatre Company. Lenny is an actor, director and educator that has worked in theaters all across the country. Participants will need to come prepared with a 1-minute monologue and 36 bars of a song from a musical in order to participate in this workshop.

  • Ages 16+: Saturday, August 3, 3–5:30 p.m.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Financial assistance and scholarships are available to students interested in participating in one of our many classes, camps and workshops. Complete the application to apply.

Scholarship application 

Social Stories & Sensory Tools

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is committed to ensuring that each of our productions is accessible to all of our patrons. 

Through consultation with the "live, work, play, worship" organization Benjamin’s Hope and a generous donation from Vera Bradley, HSRT has launched a sensory-friendly initiative to provide tools and materials to enhance the theatre experience for patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

"Going to the Theatre" Social Story

The social story, “Going to the Theatre,” is a visual guide that walks audience members through every step of the process — from picking up a ticket to safely exiting the theatre.

View the visual guide for the DeWitt Main Theatre 

View the visual guide for the DeWitt Studio Theatre 

Performance Guides

Individual performance guides are available for each production, containing show-specific information, such as triggering moments like loud noises, audience interaction, startling special effects and anticipated applause.

Murder for Two

Elephant and Piggie's: We are in a Play!

West Side Story - coming June 22

truth: The Testimonial of Sojourner Truth - coming June 28

The Old Man and the Old Moon - coming July 6

Cinderella - coming July 12

Shakespeare in Love - coming July 19

Sensory Bags

Sensory bags can be checked out at no cost from the Guild Store and are equipped with tools to help patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities adapt to and experience an immersive theatre experience. These bags contain noise dampening headphones, squeeze stress ball, fidget tool and weighted lap pad for audience members to use during performances.

Sensory bag with tools