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Summer Camps




July 15-26 (excluding weekends)

Ages 8-15


Final Assessment show- Friday, July 26th at 7:00pm


The annual Summer Theater Workshop offered by the Smyrna Opera House is designed for students ranging in age from 8 to 15 years old.  The workshop spans a two-week period each summer, bringing children together who have an avid interest in improving their theater skills while learning new ones! 

Under the direction of Don Lonski, the camp's focus on the basics of acting will culminate in a performance on the final day in which all students are equally cast. 

During the first week, the students will learn and actively participate in the fundamental aspects of performing in the theater arts by example: characterization, movement, improvisation, and much more.

The second week, students will apply all they have learned into a rehearsal setting.  This week concludes with the Assessment Show which is performed for family and friends the evening of the last workshop day.  This setting enables the students to shine in a performance setting without the pressure.

The Smyrna Opera House Summer Theater Workshop's goal is to bring children together who love the performing arts, hone their theatrical skills, culturally enrich them, and ensure each student has a great deal of fun along the way!

Children's Theater Workshop 2019 Instructor

Don Lonski

Don Lonski has been involved in theatre for over 30 years. His very first role was a 1986 high school performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank” in which he played Peter. Since then he has performed in well over 100 shows, directed and produced nearly 40 productions, and actively worked as a Stand-up Comedian in NYC. Currently, Don is a Theatre Professor at Wesley College as well as the Wesley Players Drama Club Advisor, a Co-owner and the Managing Director of Stanton’s 4th Wall (S4W) Theatre Troupe, and a visiting acting instructor at The Dance Conservatory. Don studied in New York at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and received his Undergraduate degree from Wilmington University. He is active with several local Community Theatre organizations in addition to S4W. He has two upcoming performances in July at various venues: “The Scarlet Letter” and a comedy Sketch Show. He has been married for 23 years and has two children, a daughter who is a sophomore in College and a son that will be starting Medical School in August. Don is a retired Combat Veteran of the United States Army Reserves where he served 19 years and a former Police Officer. Don wholeheartedly supports the Arts and does everything he can to educate his community on the importance it has in Society.


(Photo from the 2019 Children's Theater Workshop)