Northport Music Theater, located on Route 1, will offer three musical theater summer day camps for Midcoast students this summer, led by local theater professionals Emily Widdoes, Mary Cuskelly and Kathleen Christie. NMT, which was founded in 2007, has applied for charitable organization status and is awaiting approval for 2012.

Stagecraft, rehearsal and performance techniques — the essential skills of musical theater — will be taught through singing, acting and dancing. Campers will participate in costume, makeup and set design workshops; and become vital members of the entire creative ensemble. Performances are given for families and the general public at each camps’ conclusion. Scholarships are offered making sure that every deserving student gets a chance to participate.

Camp dates and shows are: “Fame the Musical,” age 14 through 18, July 2 through 13 (no camp July 4) with performances on July 13, 14 and 15; “The Attack of the Killer Grasshoppers,” age 10 through 13, Aug. 6 through 10 with two performances on Aug. 11; and “The Jungle Books KIDS,” age 6 through 9, Aug. 13 through 17 with one performance on Aug. 18.

The high school age camp will be directed by UMaine grad Widdoes, currently the general music, band and chorus teacher at Lincolnville Central School. This is her third summer with NMT. “Fame the Musical,” book by David De Silva and José Fernandez with music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy, is set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School of the Performing Arts on 46th Street. The story is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring one of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work.

The middle school age camp will be directed by Cuskelly, school health coordinator at RSU 25 in Bucksport and musical director for the annual musical at Bucksport Middle School. She directed “Bugsy Malone Junior” at NMT last summer. In “The Attack of the Killer Grasshoppers,” book by Robert Swift with music by Gerald Castle and lyrics by Michael Vigilant, children get to be mammoth, musical grasshoppers while threatening the world. At the annual science fair, the displays are as wacky as can be; meanwhile, on the isolated island of Malibula, something dreadful has happened at the Unusual Bug Research Center. One of the science fair projects, a face cream, uses the grasshoppers as a chief ingredient so anyone who slaps on the goop — well, this show is a wild romp.

The elementary school-age camp will be directed by Christie of Lincolnville, a NMT performer since 2009 who performed her first one-woman show, “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class,” in 2011. She has worked and performed at schools, churches and theaters throughout Maine. “The Jungle Book KIDS,” book adapted by Marcy Heisle, music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyso with additional lyrics by Marcy Heisle and music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle, is an exciting Disney classic. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes such as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”

Northport Music Theater produces contemporary American musical theater and provides summer camps for local students. The theater seats 128 people, has general admission seating only, is air conditioned and handicapped accessible. Camp registration is now open. For more information about supporting NMT, the summer musical theater camps, how to how to register online or to request registration forms, visit or call 338-8383.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or