Dates:  July 8-26, 2019

Venue:  Lexington Presbyterian Church

From the Director:

I am thrilled to direct Summer FAIR this year and share my belief that the arts are fundamental to how we experience our lives. I have lived in several cities across the US, and in each, I have seen the ways that people continue to need art to process their lives and communicate their understandings of this world.
The overarching theme of Summer FAIR 2019 is Arts in the 21st Century. We are exploring the ways that art and craft forms intersect with our daily lives. Whether your child wants to move towards a profession as an artist, hone a loved hobby or try something new, we have a broad range of offerings that explore how the arts are knit together in the 21st century.
I am excited to introduce the staff of Summer FAIR 2019. Please click on their names below to check out their profiles and learn more about them.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions and please come to the final showcase to see the products and ongoing processes of our learning!

Young Artists Camp

Our Young Artists Camp is designed for rising 1st – 4th graders.  Students rotate through a series of four courses in movement, art, music and drama daily.  Young Artists Camp runs from 8:25am-12:15pm Monday through Friday of each week.  Students can enroll in 1, 2 or 3 weeks of courses (weeks do not need to be consecutive).  To view instructor profiles, click on the instructor’s name below.  The Young Artists Camp instructors for 2019 are:

  • Music – Katie Peeler
  • Art –
  • Drama – McKelvey Courtney Collins
  • Movement – Abby Hamilton

Artists Camp

Our Artists Camp is designed for rising 5th-12th graders.  Students select courses of interest for each of four class periods.  Classes include: Dance, Photography, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Choreography, Knitting, Performance Design, Working with Clay, Acting, Thinking like a Computer, and Paranormal Expeditions. Artists Camp runs from 8:25am-12:15pm Monday through Friday of each week.  Students can enroll in 1, 2, or 3 weeks of courses (weeks do not need to be consecutive). The 2019 Artists Camp courses and instructors are:

Class Period 1:

  • Shakespeare Ensembles – Taylor Gulotta
  • Creative Writing: Poetry Hannah Palmatary
  • Jazz DanceAnalise LaRiviere
  • Beginning PhotographyMolly Smith

Class Period 2:

  • Musical Theatre – Taylor Gulotta & Hannah Palmatary
  • Knitting Basics – Bailey Anderson
  • Making Site Specific Dances – Analise LaRiviere
  • Advanced PhotographyMolly Smith

Class Period 3:

  • Printing and Editing Photos – Molly Smith
  • Performance Design Taylor Gulotta
  • Working with ClayHannah Palmatary
  • The Art of Making Dances: Choreography & Improvisation – Analise LaRiviere

Class Period 4:

  • Dance Sampler: Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, & Rhythm Analise LaRiviere
  • Acting Techniques Taylor Gulotta
  • Paranormal Expeditions (AKA The Art of Scary Stories)Hannah Palmatary
  • Thinking Like a Computer: The Logic Behind Code Jacob Bruck

NEW! – Performance Series & Workshops

New to FAIR this year! On Fridays of the first and second week students will get to work with artists and scientists from the community and beyond. This expansion on the Performance Series allows students to get to spend a bit more time with guests and try out a few new classes in ways that bring the arts together with future careers.

Theater Production

Students who are rising 5th-12th graders also have the opportunity to participate in a full length musical production.  This year’s production will be Into the Woods Jr. Theater Production rehearsals will run from 1pm to 4pm Monday through Friday for the full 3 weeks of camp.  All participants in the production must be enrolled in all 3 weeks of camp.

The Into the Woods production is both a place for students to learn more about acting, singing, and theatrical production and a place to get to share your work with our community.

Summer FAIR holds auditions to help the director and musical director get to know each student before we begin rehearsals. Auditions will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church. Auditions are run by our Director, Taylor Gulotta, and our musical director, Hannah Palmatary. Since we always are working with such a small time frame and such a large musical, these auditions will be run more like a “callback” in which the actors will be singing music and reading scenes from the show (and, of course, will all be cast). We’re looking forward to meeting all of the campers at auditions and having the cast determined before our first rehearsal on Monday.

Below are the audition sessions. We are only asking that each child attend one audition session. Each audition session will last an hour and will be followed by a 30 minute parent meeting. We are asking that each child stay for the full hour and that parents excuse themselves from the audition room until the parent meeting. At the parent meeting, we’ll be talking more about the rehearsal process and some smaller production details, as well as giving you the chance to fire away with any questions for us!

Each artist will participate in singing, acting, and movement. They should come dressed in clothes comfortable to move around in and close-toed shoes. There is no need to come prepared with any outside material. Copies of the music and scripts will be provided at auditions.

We do ask that the actors and parents fill out the Audition Form before auditions to save some time in the audition room. The completed audition form can be emailed back to the summer FAIR director OR printed and brought to the audition. Auditions will be held:

Saturday, July 6th 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Auditions Session A
Students arrive at 10am
Auditions: 10am-11am
Parent meeting: 11am-11:30am (with wiggle room until 12 if we need it)

Auditions session B
Students arrive at 1pm
Auditions: 1pm-2pm
Parent meeting: 2pm-2:30pm (with wiggle room until 3 if we need it)

Sunday, July 7th 3:30pm-5:30pm

Auditions Session C
Students arrive at 3:30pm
Auditions: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Parent meeting: 4:30pm-5:00pm (with wiggle room)

Theatre Production Auditions Form– Please download the Theater Production Information and Audition Form and bring the completed form to your audition.

Performances will be held at 7pm on Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm and Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm at Lexington Presbyterian Church.


Registration for Summer FAIR 2019 is now open.

Please click the button below to begin the registration process:


A non-refundable deposit of 1/2 of the total tuition is due at the time of registration. The remainder is due by June 30, 2019. All registrations after June 30, 2019 will require payment in full at the time of registration. Payments may be made electronically via PayPal Account or Credit Card or may be mailed directly to the FAIR office.

Discounts are given for families with multiple participants and for students who attend both the Artists Camp and Theater Production.

Financial assistance is available.  Participants requesting financial assistance should submit a completed Summer FAIR Scholarship application by June 30, 2019.  Please contact the FAIR office for more information.  The scholarship application can be downloaded here:

To make a tuition payment or to view the 2019 tuition rates, please click the button below:

Medical/Insurance Information Form

All students participating in Summer FAIR are required to have a current Medical/Insurance Information Form on file.  You can download and bring the completed form with you on your first day of camp.  If you do not bring a completed form to camp, you will be required to complete one before you can begin participating in camp activities.  Download the form here:

Medical Form

Contact Information

Bailey Anderson, Summer FAIR Director
Fine Arts In Rockbridge
PO Box 988
Lexington, VA 24450

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