SPARK THEATER Camp is dedicated to helping young people find what sparks their interest in the performing arts and give them the tools and instruction to guide them along the way.


Johnson Hall Opera House believes that the arts are an essential part of life and they naturally enrich all those who participate in them. We are dedicated to helping young people find what sparks their interest in the performing arts and giving them the best possible instruction to guide them along the way.

SPARK offers three different classes ranging from beginner to advanced to meet the needs of students with a variety of skill levels.


Johnson Hall Opera House strives to make our programs accessible for all. We have 50% off tuition scholarships available for qualified students thanks to funding from our sponsors. Contact our Director of Operations, Pam Rideout for more information.

  • Beginner’s Camp

  • Session 1: July 8 – 12 (Ages 8-10)
    Session 2: July 15 – 19 (Ages 10 – 12)

  • Drop off: 9:00 AM
    Pick up: 4:00 PM

  • Price: $200.00

The goal of our SPARK beginner theatre class is to introduce students to the theatre itself. Here, we will begin to work on honing foundational performing arts skills. By building confidence and encouraging individual creativity, students will begin to feel more comfortable and confident on stage. We will also work to identify the various parts of the theatre and stage, discuss movement as it pertains to performing and learn to move our bodies to music by learning simple choreography. Finally, we will learn about improvisation and how to build our improvisational skill set while simultaneously working toward creating and becoming a part of an ensemble.

  • Intermediate Lab

  • Session 1: July 22 – 26 (Ages 10 – 12)
    Session 2: July 29 – August 2 (Ages 12 – 14)

  • Drop off: 9:00 AM
    Pick up: 4:00 PM

  • Price: $225.00

The goal of this intermediate level theatre class is to continue to build on the foundational skills of theatre that we have begun to master in our beginner’s class. Students will learn to develop characters and continue their work together on creating an ensemble. They will be prompted to use their imaginations and creativity to explore how to bring environment into play when making acting choices and finally how to use their voices while demonstrating projection, articulation and voice variation. This class will also touch again on stagecraft/directions.

  • Advanced Workshop

  • Session 1: August 12 – 16 (Ages 11 – 13)
    Session 2: August 19 – 23 (Ages 12 – 15)

  • Drop off: 9:00 AM
    Pick up: 4:00 PM

  • Price: $250.00

6 Core Skills for the Advanced SPARK Workshop include:

  • “Why” Objective & Tactics
  • Focus/Concentration
  • Utilizing Voice/Projection/Diction
  • Listening/Reacting
  • Stagecraft Advanced/Blocking– 2
  • Putting it all together!


My name is Katie Coan and live right here in beautiful Gardiner, Maine! I was originally born and raised in Florida. I am a wife to an amazing husband, Jake and a mother of our 2 beautiful children, Connor and Calla.

From dance to stage productions, I’ve always been drawn to and involved in the performing arts! I have sang at Disney World, Wadsworth Atheneum, Dodd Stadium and performed with the Yale Jazz Band. I have performed in various musicals and plays over the years, including Nurse Kelly in the Monmouth Community Players production of “Harvey”. I’ve assisted with two children’s shows through MCP and work at Gardiner Regional Middle School as the Theater Director.

My ultimate dream in this life is to inspire and ignite the creativity that lives within the hearts and minds of our children. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to spark and guide the passion for theater and performing arts in your child and I cannot wait to meet you all!

Our programs would not be where they are today without the support of our sponsors and donors. 

Artists In the Schools

Artists in the Schools is a program run by Johnson Hall for local schools. We provide schools with the opportunity to have professional artists perform at no cost to the school.

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