Perennial Players offers opportunities for community members aged 50 and over to remain active physically, mentally, and socially through participation in theater.  Perennial Players serves as an entry point into theatrical performance for people who have never participated in theater before, a re-entry point for those who may have been away from theater for many years, and a place for veteran performers to continue to enjoy performing.  Using classes, workshops, short and long plays and reader’s theater, Perennial Players will bring performances to the Playhouse stage as well as to senior centers and assisted living and other care facilities around Merced county through live and video performances.

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July 12 - 22

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

6 - 9 PM

Playhouse Merced

452 W. Main St., Merced

Open to adults 50 years and over, Playhouse Perennial Players Adult Summer Camp will take participants through the process of creating a filmed staged reading.  NO ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED. Instructors will work with participants to meet them on their level whether they are just starting to develop performance skills, or whether they are looking to fine tune skills they already have.


Participants must follow Playhouse COVID Safety Guidelines

Call the Box Office for more information:  (209) 725-8587 (TKTS)

Acting Skills with Andrew Burkum

Andrew is an experienced actor with stage, film and voice over experience.  Andrew will work with actors at all levels to develop their skills in character development, preparation and performance.

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Acting for Stage vs Film with Karina Turner

Karina is a professional filmmaker who has also done stage acting.  Karina will walk participants through the differences between acting for stage and acting for film.  Karina will prepare and film the staged readings.

Movement for Acting with Jessica Dimpel 

Jessica has been active with Playhouse Merced for several years, as an actor and was a choreographer for Cats.  Jessica will be using movement activities for building characters through physical choices in areas such as shape, posture, and level of effort in movement