Palace Theatre Box Office Re-Opens for Summer Camp Registrants

Posted on June 29, 2020

The Palace Academy of the Arts, located at the historic Marion Palace Theatre, 276 West Center Street in downtown Marion, is a performing arts program of the Marion Palace Theatre. Palace executive director Bev Ford is pleased to announce classes will resume Monday, July 6 at the historic theatre. The box office will be open from 10am to 2pm on weekdays when staffing is available (excluding Wednesdays and Holidays) for those who wish to register in person. Registrations will also be accepted by phone (740) 383-2101 or online A line-up of one-day workshops and five-day camps will take place with extra precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff members.

Kicking off the summer program will be 2-hour daily workshops for students age 7 to 15. Classes will meet from 9am to 11am beginning Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. When possible, classes will be broken into appropriate age groups. Each class will offer students lessons in singing, dancing, and acting. Classes will be led by dance and movement instructor Kristi Wink, vocal instructor Jami Rawlins, and theatre instructor Emily Yaksic. Adding to the fun, each day will have a pre-designated theme. Planned themes are “Party in the USA,” “Disney,” “Hairspray Day,” “Pop Rock,” and “Beach Day.” Students are encouraged to come dressed according to theme. Class sizes are limited. No more than 9 students will be assigned to a room. Cost is $25 per student per day or $100 for the full week.

In addition to the one-day workshops, the Academy will offer two 5-day “Set the Stage” Theatre Camp for students ages 7 through 15. Young performers will have the opportunity to discover that there truly is “No Place Like Home” as they celebrate Marion County’s Bicentennial. Campers are given the opportunity to develop their performance skills, while honoring Marion’s rich history which may include the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding; Miss America 1938, Marilyn Meseke; Treasurer of the United States, Mary Ellen Withrow; the most famous Oorang Indian, Jim Thorpe, among other hometown heroes. In the past, “Set the Stage” ended with a performance on stage. This summer students will not be presenting a live show. Plans are underway for a video compilation to be shared with students and parents after the completion of camps. Camps will take place July 20-24 and July 27-31 and will be led by theatre veterans and instructors Kristi Wink, Jami Rawlins, and Emily Yaksic. The camps are split days with the morning session from 9am to 12noon for ages 7 to 10, and the afternoon session from 1pm to 5pm for ages 11 to 15. Cost for the morning session is $80 and the afternoon is $100.

For more information or to register for any class mentioned above, please go online

For Breakout Boxes – Palace Theatre Classes and Camps Safety Policies and Guidelines

Policies and guidelines will continue to evolve with time and will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis. For the most up-to-date information, please visit

For Everyone’s Safety:

• Palace staff and volunteers will conduct daily wellness checks and implement the use of face masks, as well as the use of gloves as appropriate.
• Children will have their temperature taken prior to entry. If the temperature is at or above 100, the student will be sent home.
• Students will be escorted individually to the theatre. Parents should remain in their cars at drop-off and pick-up times.
• Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the theatre
• In-theatre signs will encourage proper social distancing

• Rest room breaks will be staggered between groups to discourage co-mingling.
• Students will be required to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and warm water.
• Restrooms will be sanitized after each break.

Classroom Arrangements
• No more than 9 students will be assigned to a room. No more than 27 students and 3 teachers will be in the building at one time.
• Students will remain in their designated classroom area and will not be permitted to co-mingle with other groups.
• Teachers will rotate to classrooms.
• To ensure proper social distancing, markers will be placed on the floor when appropriate.
• Extra time between morning and afternoon camps will allow the time for thorough cleanings in each classroom
• Following the class, students will be asked to exit while practicing social distancing between groups

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