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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New Children’s Theater Camp Opens This Summer

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By Chuck Keller 

Even though the calendar still says that it winter, summer break for students will be here before we know it. Parents looking for that unique enrichment opportunity should consider this camp run by Fort Thomas native, Emily Carroll-Martin.

Camp Martweenie is a summer series of age appropriate theater camps for kindergarteners through eighth graders. Emily’s website explains that “The mission of Camp Martweenie is to enrich the community and youth it serves. We believe passionately in the ability of theatre arts to promote confidence, poise, self-discipline, critical and creative thinking, as well as teaching teamwork. We strive to be a safe and comfortable environment for self-expression and learning by providing programs for both beginner and experienced youth performers. At Camp Martweenie we aim to entertain audiences today while educating the audiences of tomorrow.”

Emily is a native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky who earned her B.F.A. in Performing Arts from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001 and has made her living as a professional actor ever since.

Emily attended GSA (Governor’s School for the Arts) for drama in high school. She started working for Chris Fettig (also an HHS alum) when “I was 15 as a Christmas Caroler and I still work for him every December.” You will find them singing all over the tristate region.  She recalls that “Mrs. Jeanette Hodges and Mrs. Teri Foltz were my drama teachers at HHS and were always very encouraging.” During her junior year at Highlands as part of an English  class project, Emily and a fellow student created a children’s theater for elementary students and took that to the classrooms. It was quite the success.

Emily has the experienced background to offer her students. With more than 15 years working in musical theatre, Emily’s stage credits include roles for Walt Disney World Entertainment, Childrens’ Theatre of Cincinnati, The Human Race theatre, and a stint on the Delta Queen as the “Red Hot Mamma.” You may remember that Emily was a finalist on The Katie Show (Katie Couric's talk show) for the Martina McBride Blackbird Singing Contest.

“I was also the contracted alternate for Clash of the Choirs on NBC.   I worked at Disney full time with Voices of Liberty, toured, had my own one woman show on the Delta Queen, did some cruise ship contracts and have done equity regional theatre.”

She has also directed Indian Hill Middle School’s productions of Mulan Jr. and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. She also directed Fort Thomas School’s summer middle school productions of Willy Wonka and their regional premiere of Flat Stanley Jr. She is busy.

The camp is at the Stained Glass Theatre in Newport. “I started it because I want to be able to teach kids the way I want my kids taught.  By people who are active in the local theatre community.  Also in a program that's tailored to meet their needs in a relaxed environment. Teaching them to love the arts for a lifetime not to just love being on stage.  I've been very fortunate to partner with The Footlighter's organization.  Having access to all of their facilities has been an amazing resource.”

The camp schedule is:

Morning Showcase Session for 3rd – 8th graders
Intro to Theatre: Kids learn what it takes to put together a performance on a fully-working stage environment. Popular choice for kids who have a budding interest in performing.
June 27 – July 8   9:30am – Noon
– games
– monologues
– dance for MT
– creating a showcase that is performed during camp time for family/friends on July 8.

Afternoon Full Production Session for 4th – 10th Graders
Full Production: Kids receive the full experience of working on a real theatrical stage and learn the ins and outs of putting together a full production! Popular for kids who have a real interest in theatre and performing.
June 27 – July 15   1pm – 4pm
– full production with lights, sound, costumes
– creating a production that is performed after camp time for family/friends on July 15.

One Week Mini-Camp for Kindergarteners – 3rd graders
Our campers in this session will join the Full Production camp for its last week of preparation and rehearsals, and then participate in the performance on July 15.
July 10th – 15th    1pm – 4pm

You can contact Emily for more information here. or you can visit her website at

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