Squirrel Girl Goes to College 

A Squirrel Girl Play
by Karen Zacarías

January 24, 2022  - Pre-Registration Open

January 27, 2022  - General Registration Open

Camp Dates:


Entering grades 6th-8th

7/5-7/15 9am-3pm (note: camp starts on a Tuesday)



Suggested tax-deductible contribution $200/week per camper*

PVTC’s summer camps inspire creativity, create connections, and spark lifelong passion for the arts. Campers explore acting and theatre design in a supportive, fun, challenging environment that is full of laughter and imagination.



Performances Friday, July 15th at 11am and 2pm

ABOUT “Squirrel Girl” 

Doreen Green is no ordinary college freshman. While some of her traits seem mundane enough— she’s always wanted a friend who’s like a sister, she dances awkwardly because she has no rhythm, and she has an aptitude for computer science— there’s something that sets her apart: she is a superhero! After befriending some squirrels at an early age, Doreen developed enhanced, squirrel-like strength, speed, and agility. Her passions include squirrels, nuts, and kickin' butts… oh, and justice. And, she’s accompanied on her adventures by a greek chorus of— you guessed it— squirrels.

Fearing an attack from the evil Dr. Doom, Doreen conceals her identity from her new friends at Empire State University. While noble in intention, this gets in the way of Doreen forming genuine friendships at school. When she and her classmates are threatened by their substitute computer science professor— an actual computer with a stereotypical “bad teacher” for a sidekick— she has no choice but to embrace her identity and use her powers for good! This hilarious romp argues for the power of facing your fears and sharing your whole authentic self with the world.


Our goal is for the final performance to take place in person, with masked audiences outdoors. There will also be "streaming" options to watch the performances at home. Ticket info and specifics to come.


Rehearsals, acting class, movement work, stage combat, costumes, hair, makeup, and inclusivity in theatre discussions.


We want to see what each actor brings to the table! Our team of directors and designers will use your video submission to craft the world of Squirrel Girl Goes to College with the goal of offering a fun and challenging program specifically for the group of students who sign up. There will be two parts to auditions:

  1. A pre-recorded video audition, due with audition forms within one week of enrolling in camp

  2. An in-person callback at PVTC on Monday, May 2nd from 4-6pm


We want to see what each actor brings to the table! Our team of directors and designers will use your video submission to craft the world of Squirrel Girl Goes to College with the goal of offering a fun and challenging program specifically for the group of students who sign up. Each actor is asked to submit a video that includes:

  • An introduction: Tell us your name, age, and pronouns (if you’d like)

  • A poem or monologue (1 minute or less): We prefer this to be a memorized piece. We encourage you to make vocal and physical choices to show off a character. Have fun with it!

  • Approx. 30 seconds of a special skill or something you love to do: This could be anything and is your opportunity to give us a window into one of your passions. Maybe you like to dance, do gymnastics, perform magic tricks, tell jokes, or juggle.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT CALLBACKS - Monday, 5/2 from 4-6pm

In-person callbacks are a fun opportunity to meet your fellow cast members, work with your director, and take a stab at acting scenes from the show. Callbacks will start with theatre warm-ups and games. We will then break into small groups to do “sides” (small scenes from the show). Sides will be provided before callbacks so you can be familiar with the text (though memorization is not at all required!). We will also do some movement work to get in the spirit of our stylized fight sequence choreography. Callbacks will be a fun and supportive way to dive into the world of Squirrel Girl.

READ-THRU & TABLE WORK - Dates TBD in late May/early June

Our two-week acting camp will go FAST! We will ask you to arrive memorized on the first day of camp (July 5th). Our directing team wants to set you up for success. For that reason, the whole cast will gather for two meetings in late May to read through the script, talk about it, and do some character development work to get going.

*Weekly Charitable Contribution Request -Support Teaching Artists & Scholarship Students:

We request families who are able to contribute an additional $200/week per camper.

Tuition does not cover all camp-related expenses. These valuable tax-deductible donations allow PVTC to offer a livable wage to the teaching artists who pour their energy and passion into campers. Returning families will know the importance of the connection between PVTC staff members and students/interns who form positive lasting relationships through the years. Teaching artists are committed to developing artists and individuals and give extra care to each student to inspire and guide them. They are the heart of PVTC. Help us support these artists in the incredible work they do.


Further, PVTC is committed to offering programming to all students regardless of financial need. Tax-deductible contributions ensure we can keep theatre accessible.


Learn more about what tuition and your generous donations cover HERE 


PVTC recognizes that families may be cautious to sign up for summer programming given the unknowns of the times. Some families may be comfortable only with an online camp experience while others may want to participate only in-person. In an effort to be flexible with families’ needs, PVTC has updated our refund policy for 2021 as follows:​​

  • If you plan to participate in camp no matter what, you can pay in full or choose a payment plan at the time of registration.

  • If you are waiting to learn which platform PVTC will be using for camp this year, the process is as follows:

    • A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your place in camp at the time of registration.

    • On April 23rd 2021 PVTC will announce the location of camps (online, in-person, or hybrid).

    • By April 30th families will need to state their intent to participate in camp. 

    • On April 30th 50% of tuition payment is due. 

    • On May 28th the remaining tuition balance is due. 

    • Families needing a more flexible payment plan please contact, We are happy to work with you!


    • $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. 

    • 25% of of tuition is non-refundable after April 30th.

    • 50% of tuition is non-refundable after May 14th.

    • No refunds will be offered after May 28th.