2023 Workshop

The 2023 Workshop is scheduled for July 10 - 29, 2023 

with performances on July 28 and 29, 

and registration is open!

Pay and Register Here!

Morning: Musical (The Little Mermaid, Jr.)

Afternoon Week 1: Technical Theatre

Afternoon Week 2: Technical Theatre

This year we will offer a 3 week workshop to produce a musical in the morning. We will also offer two one-week afternoon workshops focused on technical theatre and producing the morning musical!  

The Kathie Burgin Children's Theatre Workshop is 

for rising 3rd grade - rising 9th grade students.   

Weeks 1 - 3 (July 10 - 29)

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Full Production - $180 per child registered

We will work in the mornings to produce a musical!  Participants will memorize lines, learn blocking and choreography, and perform a show on July 28 and 29, 2022.

Week 1 (July 10-14) and Week 2 (July 17-21) 

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Technical Theatre Workshops - $60/week per child registered

Without the crew working hard backstage, there would never be a show.  This workshop will go over several different jobs that take place behind the scenes including set design, sound design, light design, and costume design.

ALL OF IT: $250

Includes: Registration for the production of the musical and the afternoon workshops during the first two weeks.


In 1990, Kathie Burgin had a vision to create a Children’s Workshop Theater during the summer vacation months.  She was looking for a Children’s Theater opportunity for her daughter, Quinn.  The closest Children’s Theater was located in Charlotte.  Many students who came through Shelby High Theatre started in the children’s theater workshop.  


Now named in her memory, the Kathie Burgin Children’s Workshop Theater is the 2nd longest running children’s theater in North Carolina. It is held each summer in Malcolm Brown Auditorium at Shelby High School.  The workshop offers kids from across Cleveland County and its neighbors the opportunity to learn the art of theatre.  By performing onstage in a musical production, kids overcome shyness, learn to accept constructive criticism, and build confidence.  They also make friends and with those friends learn what it takes to create something bigger and more complex than anything they could create alone.  


The Workshop itself runs for the last three weeks in July.  This year's camp plans to have a showcase for families on the Friday of each week.  Hopefully those will be live events, but as guidelines for reopening North Carolina are processed and implemented, there may be changes that force us to go online.