Event Details

Monday, July 9th, 2018
|  9:00am - 4:00pm

Artpark Theatre Academy

July 9 - August 5, 2018

Be a part of an exhilarating schedule of daily activities led by Academy co-directors Paschal Frisina III & Toni Dentico, counselors and guest artists. During the 4-week Academy, students will gain experience in all aspects of modern theatre and will star in their own production of Hansel & Gretel, written by Carin Jean White and directed by Paschal Frisina III. 


In addition to the Hansel & Gretel production, the students will participate in and star alongside Broadway stars, professional actors and 100+ community volunteers in Artpark's production of THE ODYSSEY!

Artpark's The Odyssey is a 90 minute musical adaption of Homer's classic story. 

The dazzling Artpark production will be directed by Roger Danforth (NYC’s Drama League) and stars Terence Archie (Apollo Creed in Broadway’s Rocky, Odysseus in The Odyssey at Seattle Rep) as Odysseus, Emily Skinner (Broadway’s Jekyl & Hyde, Prince of Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club) and Christopher Guilmet (Duke in Man of La Mancha, Reprise! Theatre in Los Angeles), the students of the Artpark Theatre Academy in addition to 100+ members of Buffalo-Niagara community!




Participation in the Academy is suitable for children ages 10-18, all levels of experience are accepted. 

Academy hours & location: July 9-August 4 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Artpark Mainstage Theater (450 South 4th Street, Lewiston NY 14092) with performance dates Saturday, August 4 at 8pm & Sunday, August 5 at 1pm. 

Spaces are limited, register early!

2018 Artpark Theatre Academy enrollment fee

A non-refundable $150 deposit is due upon registration with the remaining balance due June 15, 2018.

Or click here for printable registration form

Artpark offers a 25% sibling discount and a 10% Lewiston resident discount, call 716-754-4375 to apply your discount today!  




Theatre academy staff & Guest Artists


Paschal Frisina III (Academy Co-Director) Paschal has over 25+ years' experience in Theater Arts as an actor, director, and teacher. He has earned a Master's degree in Education, with NYS certifications in Theater Arts and Social Studies, and also a Master's degree in Business Arts Management in 2013. As a director/teacher, he is in his 10th year as Director of the Theater Arts program at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. He also teaches public speaking, history of theater, and is a guest director as an adjunct professor at Niagara Community College. As a performer, Paschal has been involved in over 100 professional productions. Favorites include: European Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Peter/Annas, the US National Tour of COPACABANA as Rico Castilli, five production contracts on cruise lines, Off-Broadway production of BECOMING SOMETHING: CANADA LEE, and a Broadway workshop of a musical, CAIRO, directed by the brilliant Baayork Lee. Paschal has also been involved in over 20 productions at Artpark in the past, and was their theater camp director from 2011-2015. He is excited to be rejoining Artpark in 2017 with their new summer program as the Theatre Academy Director. Other previous professional acting/directing credits include: FUNNY GIRL, MUSIC MAN, JOSEPH, GUYS AND DOLLS, A FEW GOOD MEN, BUDDY-THE MUSICAL, ALTAR BOYZ, BROOKLYN BOY, CINDERELLA, GREASE, CHESS, FOREVER PLAID(x3), KING AND I, THE MERRY WIDOW, MAN OF LA MANCHA(x2), SHOW BOAT, BUS STOP, TOMMY, OVER HERE, BLOOD BROTHERS, ROMEO AND JUILET, SECRET GARDEN, MARY POPPINS, PIPPIN(x2), and STEEL PIER(supervised personally by John Kander and Fred Ebb).


Toni Dentico (Academy Co-Director, Choreographer) trained at the David De Marie Dance Studio where she studied jazz, tap and ballet for 17 years. While a student of his, she was awarded the title of Miss Junior Dance of WNY, Miss Dance of WNY and Miss Dance of America. She was a member of his core group of dancers that performed here at Artpark, Kleinhan’s and the M and T Plaza and won many competitions regionally and nationally. During her reign as Miss Dance of America she taught and performed all over the US, and was able to model and dance in Osaka, Japan.  She attended University of NY at Buffalo where she minored in dance. Toni has spent the last six summers working at Artpark as choreographer of their summer program and the last four summers with Musicalfare’s summer program. She spent ten years as choreographer at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, where she had choreographed over a dozen shows. She has spent the last seven years as the music department’s choreographer at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.  It is her great joy to share her passion for the arts with so many wonderful people! She would like to thank all the students and production staff for their hard work and dedication. Love to Michael, Mikey, Mitch and Adam for their patience and support!


More instructors and guest artists to be added! 


For questions, please email [email protected]

All dates, times subject to change