Northport Music Theater, located on Route 1, offers children the opportunity to perform on stage in a real theater under the tall pines during its summer musical theater camps. This July and August, campers will perform in musicals through singing, acting and dancing under the direction and guidance of Maine music theater professionals.

Ruth Gelsinger, NMT’s producer and artistic director, has announced the NMT camp staff for summer 2013. Tara Woods of Lincolnville is camp director of the three age-specific camps with Mary Cuskelly as music director, assisted by Anna Rich, assistant/choreographer; and Jay Rosenberg, lighting designer.

Woods is a special education teacher in the Bangor Public Schools. She holds a B.A. in Drama and recently received her master’s degree in Education. She directed NMT camps “Fame the Musical” and “Attack of the Killer Grasshoppers” in 2012; and “Bugsy Malone Junior” in 2011.

Cuskelly of Bucksport teaches elementary music in the Bangor public schools. She was the School Health Coordinator and Middle School Music Director for the annual musical at RSU 25 in Bucksport for many years. She was the music director for NMT’s “Bugsy Malone Junior” and “Attack of the Killer Grasshoppers”; and she played the cello in the orchestra for NMT’s production of “Funny Girl” last summer

Rich is from Camden and is a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School. She is a student at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a musical theater major. She performed at NMT as Mimi in “RENT: School Edition” (2009) in the summer theater camps program; and as Bubbles/Mimsey in “Funny Girl.”

Rosenberg lives in Belfast and was educated at the School of Theater at Temple University. He has designed lights at NMT for “The Bikinis” and “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class” (2011), many of the camp shows; and was Eddie Ryan in “Funny Girl.”

The elementary school camp for students age 6 to 9 will be held the week of July 8 through 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, culminating with two performances Saturday, July 13,at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This year’s presentation is “Willy Wonka KIDS” with lyrics and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald; and based on the book “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl.

The middle school camp for age 10 to 13 will be held will be held the week of July 29 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, culminating with two performances Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This year’s presentation is “The Little Mermaid, JR.,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker. The musical was written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, music by Alan Menken and with book by Doug Wright. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.” features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”

The high school camp for students age 14 to 18 will be held the weeks of Aug. 5 through 9 and 12 through 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, culminating with three performances Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16 through 18. This year’s presentation is “The Little Shop of Horrors,” book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, based on the film by Roger Corman and screenplay by Charles Griffith. Auditions for the high school camp will be held for new and returning campers on Saturday, July 20, from noon to 3 p.m. at the theater. Videos may be submitted.

Registration is now open and ongoing. For more information, online registration or questions, visit or call 338-8383.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or