Performing Arts Summer Spectacular
What is PASS CAMP?
It’s a summer performing arts camp offered by the Lake Local Schools Drama Club. It’s open to any student who is entering grade 7 through graduating high school. We will produce The Music Man, Jr.!  We will also showcase our older campers in additional musical numbers and scenes.  It will be held in the Lake High School Performing Arts Hall.
How much does it cost?
Early registration through May 1st is priced at $95. After that point, registration increases to $110. June 1st is the last official day for camp registration. (After June 1st, contact the camp director for special permission to register—contact info below.)
A camp t-shirt is included in the camp cost.  Our fees are low because of private donors and grants to cover most of the expenses.
Can I get a family discount for enrolling more than one student?
Yes! For each additional family member, fees are $85 through May 1st, and $100 through June 1st.
What is the schedule?
PASS camp starts on July 6th and performances are August 13th and 14th. The camp runs Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. Except for the first and last week, Wednesdays are workshop days.
What are the workshop days?
Wednesdays are days we’ll use to sharpen your student’s skills, and give the kids an in-depth look at some aspects of the performing arts. We’ve scheduled workshops on singing, dance styles, and other fun activities.  Workshops are included in the total price for camp.  Check out the workshops calendar at PASS Calendar
Does my student need to participate in the workshops?
Yes, since workshops will only last 1-3 hours.  The rest of Wednesday’s camp will focus on rehearsals.  
What will my student be doing at the YMCA?
In an effort to promote health and well being in our campers, the YMCA has graciously allowed us to use their facilities to conduct our workshops and rehearsals.
Is this camp just for experienced students?
No!  This camp is for everyone. Our goal is to introduce performing arts to newbies, and offer new experiences for kids with a play or two(or three) under their belt.  It’s all about learning.
Is my student guaranteed a leading role? 
Yes, and no.  Everyone will be in the show, or work backstage (if that’s their preference).  A musical of this kind allows many campers a platform to stand out if they wish.  Every camper will be showcased in one way or another.
Does my student have to audition to attend the camp? 
No. All kids who want to learn more about the performing arts can attend.  One of the goals is to teach students how to audition then they use their talents to try out for the show.
Is the show a musical?  
Yes!  That means a wonderful mixture of singing, dancing, and acting.  *Not every camper will be singing a solo in the musical.
We’re going on vacation during the camp. Is that a problem?
No, though it normally takes 6 weeks to put on a musical.  We’ve purposely allowed about a month to pass from the end of the school year to the beginning of camp.  We've also done away with camp on Fridays to ensure it doesn't conflict with weekend plans.  Scheduling your vacations before camp or over the weekends will ensure that your camper gets the most out of camp.  A good level of commitment is needed in order to help foster a greater sense of ownership and responsibility in the kinds.  These are wonderful character traits for adolescents and teenagers to learn for the future.
My child has another activity scheduled one day a week. Can he/she still do the camp?  
Sure.  All we ask is to be notified a week in advance.  Of course, we hope to have everyone at camp everyday because of the nature of putting on a show.  As stated above, a good level of commitment is needed in order to help foster a greater sense of ownership and responsibility in the kids.
How many adults will be present?
Three..  Here’s a who’s who:
Michael Gatto, Director, is a proud member of Actors' Equity, and is a recognized Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s MFA/PAT program, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of the Arts. Upon moving to Ohio, he spent a year working as an Actor-Teacher in the Great Lake Theater Festival's School Residency Program. He currently teaches at Kent State University and Mount Union.  For five years he was the visiting theatre director at Lake High School.  He has performed professionally on stage in New York, Cleveland, Akron, and Montgomery, Alabama.  Film work includes indie films in New York and Philadelphia and TV work for the History Channel and Local TV.
Alexander Austin Looney, Music Counselor, graduated with the Diploma of Distinction from Lake High School in 2011. Currently, he is a junior at The University of Akron School of Music and Honors College studying Choral Music Education. He is a member of the following organizations and ensembles at The University of Akron: Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Concert Band, Tuba Ensemble, Opera/Lyric Theatre, Blue and Gold Brass Basketball Band, President of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, Vice President of Services of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Service Fraternity, and Peer Mentor in the Office of Multicultural Development. He is also an eleven year graduate of the Summit Choral Society and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and sings with the Masterworks Chorale. When he was in seventh grade at Lake Middle School, he made his first stage debut as Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. His highlighting roles include: Captain Von Trapp, The Sound of Music; Marcellus, The Music Man; Lionel, Cinderella; and Nick Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. University of Akron Opera/Lyric Theatre credits include: Cox, Arthur Sullivan’s Cox and Box; Melchior, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors; Bastien, Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienna; and Donald, Douglas Moore’s Gallantry. He is excited to be back for his third year on the PASS Camp Staff!
Kayla Hendry, Dance Counselor, is thrilled to be back at PASS Camp this summer. Hailing from Cuyahoga Falls, she will be entering her senior year as a BFA in Musical Theatre at Kent State University, where she has had the pleasure of playing Connie in A Chorus Line, and Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Kayla has sixteen years of dance experience in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop. Specializing in the Cecchetti technique of ballet, Kayla was the first student in the Northeast Ohio area to complete the grade six Cecchetti examination. For the past seven years, she has both assisted and taught classes at All About Dance! by Kristen in Stow, Ohio. Kayla cannot wait to get started with what is going to prove to be an another exciting summer at PASS Camp.

What should my child wear?
Since we may be using paint and nails to build sets, and since you really can’t dance in sandals, clogs or flip-flops, tennis shoes/sneakers are mandatory. Some days we’ll be painting (so not their best clothes) and other days we’ll be rolling around on the floor (so clothes they can be active in).
What should my child bring?
All campers should bring a water bottle and a couple of healthy snacks.  *We take your camper's health very seriously.  There is no sharing of food or drinks at camp.  If they bring anything with tree nuts (peanut butter, etc.) to camp, we'd like to know and s/he should be prepared to wash their hands before moving on from snack time(s).
Is there a refund if my student doesn’t like it after the first day? 
We’ll refund your money through the end of the first week of camp.
Are the performances free?  
Yes and no.  We’ll be doing at least 2, and possibly 3, performances this year.  One is a "pay what you can" Project Connect performance for senior citizens and family/friends who can't attend the evening performances.  This will be a matinee on Thursday, August 13th.  Time is 2:30pm.  The public peformances will be in the evening on Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th.  Time is 7:30pm and ticket prices are TBA.  Tickets for the evening public performances will be available for purchase online or at the door.
Are there any other costs?
There shouldn’t be. We are partially funded through grants, which cover most of the expenses. There will be a professionally produced video from camp days and of the performance that you can buy.
Can I come to the try-outs and rehearsals?  
We’d prefer you didn’t because this is your student’s opportunity to start learning about doing something on his or her own.  Also, it‘s more fun for the kids if the performance is totally new for their parents
Is this daycare? 
NO! It’s a lot of work to put on a musical review.  We expect the kids to work, but as with all school related performing arts activities, they are with their friends and will have fun. 
Where do I sign up?
Registration is online at PASS Camp page.
Where can I get the Emergency Medical Form?
All campers need an Emergency Medical Form on file with the camp in case we have an emergency situation. You can get the form at Emergency Medical Form.   Please fill it out and bring it to the first day of PASS camp.
Who do I contact for additional information?
Michael Gatto at or 646-872-0175.