PAUPACK TWP. - Have you ever told your daughter she’s a drama queen? Does your son have a flair for telling jokes? Does your grandchild like to act out roles from his favorite storybooks? If so, here’s the perfect creative outlet: The Lakeside Players’ 9th annual free theater camp.

The camp is open to all children, ages 9 to 13, including those who’ve never set foot on a stage. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 15 to 19 and July 22 to 26 at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville (between the firehouse and the United Methodist Church).

At the end of camp, the children will show off what they’ve learned at a free performance for family and friends on Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. Every child will have a part in the original play, written especially for theater camp.

At camp, children will play theater games, rehearse scenes and learn the basics of acting on Lakeside’s friendly stage. Kids interested in working behind the scenes on lights, sound or costumes are welcome, too. There are no auditions, because Lakeside believes every child has a talent to show off.

Instructors for the camp are veteran Lakeside actresses Roxan Schwartz and Veronica Deisler, who have appeared in numerous Lakeside murder mysteries and stage plays. Ms. Schwartz is the managing director of The Lakeside Players. Ms. Deisler was previously a professional costumer and also taught drama to young people for many years in New Jersey.

Why hold a free camp? "It’s Lakeside’s gift to the community for all its support," said Tony Schwartz, co-founder of the 14-year-old theater company.

Founded in 1999, The Lakeside Players is an award-winning community theater company specializing in original audience-participation murder mystery dinner shows and full-length comedies and dramas. The group performs in restaurants, country clubs, church halls and at two mainstage venues, Lakeville Community Hall and Grace Episcopal Parish House Hall, Honesdale.

Tonylou Productions, Lakeside’s sister company, is a professional production company specializing in motorcoach day and overnight trips. They currently perform at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack and the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton.

For more information about the free theater camp, call 857-2226. For information about Lakeside’s and Tonylou’s upcoming shows, visit or call 226-6207.