Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane Theater 

Summer youth programs have been sponsored at the renovated Borden Creamery – Depot Lane Theater for many years. The Depot Lane Theater is a small “black box” stage located on the second floor of the old creamery building and is an integral part of the Depot Lane Complex. It is just one of many local historic sites that Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association has renovated and makes available to the public for cultural and other community events.

Photos: "Songs from Down Under" and "Latin American Music" camps


SCHA Presents the 12th Annual Summer Youth Program at Depot Lane Theater

Program Schedule: July-August 2013


Mon.-Fri. 10am—2pm

July 08-13 ,2013

Students grades 1-3

Puppets, Puppets, Everywhere! Puppetry & Music Camp

Music Director:  Carrie Styles

Children in this camp build puppets and perform songs from around the world!


Sat., July 13, 2pm  – Depot Lane  Theater


Mon.-Fri. 11am—3pm

July 15-20, 2013

Students grades 3-6

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles!

Vocal Director: Sara Jane Cipperly

In this camp, kids learn vocal techniques and perform songs about world travel and transportation.


Fri., July 19, 7pm — Depot Lane Theater 

Sat., July 20, 7pm – Depot Lane  Theater


Mon.-Fri. 11am—3pm

July 22-27, 2013

Students grades 7-12

Much Ado About Hamlet

Director & Playwright:  Paul Lamar

Teens perform scenes from two of the best-known Shakespearean plays in an original, made-for-Depot-Lane-Theater tragicomedy!


Fri., July 26, 7pm – Depot Lane Theater

Sat., July 27, 7pm – Depot Lane Theater


Mon.-Fri. 11am—3pm

Aug. 12-17, 2013

Students grades 7-12

Rhythms  of  Asia

Band Director:  Jess Gould

An instrumental music camp is for youth in grades 7—12 with a minimum of 2 years playing an instrument* in school band or at the discretion of instructor.   *Must have access to an instrument (exceptions: piano, keyboard or drum set).


Fri., Aug. 16 7pm — Depot Lane Theater

Sat., Aug. 17, 7pm – *Outdoor Concert

Contact:  SCHA

(518) 295-7505

Mail  $10.00 refundable registration deposits to:

SCHA- Youth Program


Schoharie, NY 12157

Registration deadline for ALL programs is July 1st.

Students must be registered to take part in the program.  Youth who are registered for workshops must also be available for ALL performances.  The summer program workshops at Depot Lane Theater are FREE, however, a deposit is required to register.   Space is limited, so please register early.

Please provide student’s name, age, your contact information, and which workshop(s) he/she will attend. 

NOTE:  Deposits are refundable or can be applied to admissions (admission is $5.00 per person or $15.00 for immediate family members)

Instructors may request a materials fee of no more than $10.00 for art supplies.  No student will be turned away if they cannot pay this fee.  Donations of requisite supplies are also accepted.

Made possible, in part, with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by Greene County Council on the Arts


The Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program began in 2002 at the Depot Lane Theatre as the TrainWhistle & Caboose Kids enrichment program, offering two weeks of theatre workshops for children in grades 1-6. In 2007, the program expanded to include a vocal music camp, a band camp, and a Shakespeare camp. It also extended the age groups served, and now offers workshops for youth in grades 7-12. In 2013, the program has expanded again to include a fourth “puppetry” camp. All camps are held in July and August.

Since its inception, the summer program has welcomed hundreds of youth who have taken part in theatre, music, dance, and the arts while exploring other cultures and historical time periods. Sponsored by Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association (SCHA), the workshops offered through this program have always been free of charge to area youth. The program is unique because it takes an enrichment approach, and does not require auditions or tuition, thereby making the arts accessible to all children and teens that want to participate.

The Summer Youth program focuses not only on various aspects of performance, but also on the cultural or contextual aspects of the arts. Each year youth who enter our program not only develop skills associated with acting, singing, playing a musical instrument, or dancing, but also learn about different world cultures through folk stories, songs, dance, theatre, and arts and crafts. Since its inception the program has served hundreds of youth with the overarching goal of making the performing arts accessible free of charge to all who register regardless of skill level.


The mission of our youth program extends SCHA's original commitment to make its historical facilities available to the public by encouraging young people and their families to make use of the creamery building and Depot Lane Theatre space during the summer months. The Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts programs at Depot Lane Theatre are supported by Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association through private donations, donations from local organizations and businesses, and is made possible, in part, with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by Greene County Council on the Arts.


Summer programs include vocal and instrumental music, Shakespeare, and puppet theatre workshops and performances.


About The Free Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts Program at Depot Lane Theater

A Brief History 

The free Summer Youth Cultural and Performing Arts program sponsored by Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association (SCHA) has made its home at the Depot Lane Theater since 2002.  Originally known as the “TrainWhistle & Caboose Kids” theatre program, the group began in August 2002, when SCHA first opened the doors to the Creamery building and the Depot Lane Theatre space to 28 area youth.  In the decade that followed, hundreds of young people have taken part in puppetry workshops and performances, playwriting workshops, theatrical workshops and performances, improvisational theater workshops, vocal music camps, Shakespeare camps, and jazz, blues, salsa, and chamber music camps.

The program continues to be funded by private donations, admissions, grants.  From the very beginning it was decided the workshops would be offered free of charge to young people in Schoharie and neighboring counties, and no auditions would be required. Admittance to the program is on a first sign-up basis. 

The summer programs at Depot Lane offer a safe and enriching experience for children and youth.  It is also a place where members of the community can enjoy quality music and theater productions during the summer months. In addition to music, theater, and dance, program participants also enjoy learning about the arts, crafts, and foods of the various countries and cultures highlighted each season.  Interested in learning more about the Summer Youth Cultural & Performing Arts program? Call Debbie Tow at 295-7505 or email We are always looking for new programming ideas, volunteers, educators, and local visual and performing artists to work with our program.


Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association
143 Depot Lane, P.O. Box 554  Schoharie, NY 12157
Phone:  (518)-295-7505


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