Summer Camps & Workshops!

All camps and workshops are being offered independently by me this summer.

Outdoor Music Theatre Camps for Elementary Ages 6-11
In On Stage: Outdoors, everyone shines!  Our camp is designed to allow students the opportunity to dive into performance and design/construction aspects of theatre by working on selections from a beloved production. This summer, we will be working on various numbers from Disney's Mary Poppins. Camps are designed to work together or stand alone -- students can sign up for either or both weeks! In each camp, we will work on
creating & developing characters
learning music/songs and blocking/choreographing, getting to know the playing space and theatre terminology, crafting props, dabbeling in set/costume design, and engaging in drama games.

Ages 6-11. 8-10 students and 2 instructors. Students will wear masks and social distance. Instructors/helpers are fully vaccinated. Students will not share supplies. Surfaces will be cleaned and hand sanitizer used frequently. A bathroom will be available close to an exterior entrance (with no one other than camp instructors/students using the building).

Mary Poppins I: The Children 6/28-7/2, 9am-12:30pm
in Opal Daniels Park
We will focus on the characters of Jane and Michael and work on "Wanted: A Nanny for Two Adorable Children," "Supercalifragililsticexpialidcious," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite."
In addition to music, choreography, and character work, we'll craft kites, decorate hats, discuss lyrics (what does it mean to smell like barley water?) and draw costume designs with fabric swatches. Cost: $255 (includes craft supplies and some costume pieces)
Enroll here

Mary Poppins II: The Sweeps 7/7-7/9 (3 days), 9am-12:30pm
in Opal Daniels Park
We will become chimney sweeps for this camp! We'll work on song and dance excerpts for "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Step in Time," while learning to move nimbly like chimney sweeps! We'll craft chimney brooms, smudge our faces, and draw set designs.Cost:  $165 (include craft supplies and some costume pieces)
Enroll here

Private Coaching
Want to work on a monologue or song on your own? Interested in custom instructions tailored for your needs and interests? Or, want to learn acting with a friend on your own schedule? Try private coaching! Sessions are 1/2 hour and set to work with your schedule.
Cost: $45 for one participant per session, ($70 for 2 participants)
Email if interested in private coaching

Email with any questions


On Stage Takoma (Gretchen Weigel Doughty) has been producing local productions and offering classes in Takoma Park for the last 12 years. We offer music theatre, acting for various age groups and story-based theatre. Join us!

Gretchen holds an MFA in Theatre and has been teaching theatre classes through the City of TP and at TPES and PBES for over 10 years. She is also a professor, director (theatre, opera and film) and actor who has worked in New York, London and regionally. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, TV and voice over work. Her students have performed on/off Broadway and at various regional theatres (Kennedy Ctr, Ford's, Signature, Round House, Studio, WNO etc).


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“I've been very impressed by your work with the kids over the past few weeks. You're a highly skilled teacher and great with this age group. Your classroom management skills are top notch, even over Zoom (which is no small feat.) You keep things fun yet productive. I know from personal experience what a very tough tightrope that is to walk.
In fact, we had enrolled [our daughter] this week in a class via [Well Know Children's Theatre Co]  and your class is far superior to theirs. So much so that [our daughter] opted not to continue with theirs but was happy to still log on with you even though she's feeling generally done with Zoom.”

“ I can't thank you enough for this camp!  [Our child] really really loved it. She is still asking if she can take more classes with you! ”

"[Our daughter] absolutely LOVED the class today!  She was so excited to tell me all about it.  I'm so happy that you're doing this.  I've always been interested in the after-school classes, but [our daughter] normally does after care so it's never been an option.  I just wanted to pop in and say thanks.  Truly, it made [her] day."
“Thank you so much for all of the awesome theater this spring. 
When [our son] remembers COVID-19 time Storybook Theater will be a bright spot.”

"Thank you SO much, Gretchen, for a wonderful week!  [Our children] enjoyed the camp so much and we were so impressed by all the activities you had them do.  [T]hey would love to work with you again! "


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