Portland Playhouse's First Annual High School Summer Program

How do you create new works with nothing but an inkling of an idea?

Where do you start? What does it actually take to put on a full production?

Do you need a year? A month?

We don’t think so.


Portland Playhouse invites high school students to participate in an unforgettable summer theatre experience with our summer program, "No Limits".

Our participants will come together to create an entire theatrical production from scratch in only two weeks. We will begin with nothing: no scripts, no props, no costumes, no set, no money, no limits, just our imaginations and ideas. In the first week our students will choose a theme, write scripts, rework those scripts, design props and "sets”, all while learning what it takes to create original theatrical work.

In week two we will bring that new work to life. We will use everything we created in week one and move into producing our show. Our Students will cast the show, direct scenes, stage manage, create the props and “sets”, add minimal costumes, and perform their work on the professional Playhouse stage for the public.

The NO LIMITS program is limited in size: We have ten spots available per week. You can reserve your spot NOW by completing an Enrollment Form.. Payment is not requested until acceptance. Payment plan and scholarship information is available upon request through the Enrollment Form. Enrollment Forms will be reviewed/accepted in order of receipt beginning March 1st and are subject to approval and confirmation.


Participants will be expected to bring their own lunches daily. Due to the risks of food allergens, refrigeration is not available. We are happy to offer your participant a lunch option for an additional $6 per day. Please indicate on your Enrollment form if this is something you would like to request. All participants will return medical forms upon acceptance so that we may accommodate any allergies in the group.


Due to the brief and collaborative nature of our time together, students  are expected to be in attendance from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday of the week(s) of the program to which they commit. We are happy to provide pre-care and after-care at an additional cost for your students if requested on the Enrollment Form. In the interest of safety and supervision, students may not arrive/be dropped off prior to 10:00am and must be picked up/depart promptly at 4:00pm unless arrangements have been made for pre-care or after-care.

Session Choices:

Week One: Creation $300

       Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20 10:00am-4:00pm

       Choose theme, write plays, play with new scripts, design props/“sets”

      Performance: Friday, July 27th 2:00pm


Week Two: Production $300

     Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27 10:00am-4:00pm

      Cast, direct, rehearse, create “set”/props, add minimal costumes

     Performance: Friday, July 27th 2:00pm


Both Week One and Two $600

     Monday, July 16-Friday, July 27 10:00am-4:00pm

     Performance 4pm, Friday, July 27 2:00pm