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Summer Camp registration is now open for Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins.
FORT MYERS, FL (April 18, 2021) – The Laboratory Theater of Florida: Education’s summer camp registration is now open. The camp takes a whole actor approach to the craft and is available for students ages 12-18. Camp runs from July 12th – 30th with two weekends of performances of Failure: A Love Story, opening July 29th and running through August 8th.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida takes a “whole actor” approach to acting. In addition to physical theater, stage combat, voice modulation, blocking, stagecraft, and scene study, they also learn the basics of set design, lighting elements, lighting design, costuming, stage makeup, stage management, and theater etiquette and best practices. And, of course, theater games.
The camp culminates in a professional production of Failure: A Love Story, which plays for two weekends.
The theater follows both the CDC guidelines and the School District of Lee County guidelines, stating that campers must be masked indoors. This camp is limited to 15 thespians. This guarantees the maximum amount of one-on-one instruction and allows us to keep the students as safe as possible.
As this is a full production, students will be asked to sign the theater’s Pandemic Protocol.
Failure: A Love Story
by Phillip Dawkins
By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead — expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from a blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual’s successes or failures.
A registration form must be filled out and signed for each camper. If registering multiple students, guardians may choose “First Camper” for the first and “sibling” for the others.
Weekly tuition option on request.
IMPORTANT DETAILS: Hours: 9 am – 3:30 pm, Mon-Fri
Daily Arrival Time: 8:30-9:00 am. • Pick-up: 3:30 – 4:00 pm

  • Light snacks are provided, but campers should bring a packed lunch. • Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can easily move and dance. • Closed-toe shoes are required; tennis shoes are recommended • Masks are required to be properly worn during camp hours.

Camp culminates in a two-week professional production on stage at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.
Summer camp is M-F; Dress rehearsals and performances will be held at the Laboratory Theater of Florida.

  • Regular registration for the full three weeks (by Wednesday before start): $450 camper 1, $405 per additional sibling for the 3-week camp. If a scholarship is needed, please email [email protected] for details. A weekly tuition option is available upon request.

PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY Payment required at registration • Two-week cancellation notice required or forfeiture of the deposit will result.

  • Registration deadline is by the Wednesday before the start of camp, payable by credit card or checks made out to The Laboratory Theater of Florida. Parents/guardians should mail registration and payment to The Laboratory Theater of Florida, P.O. Box 334, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Or they may conveniently register and pay online at

Performance dates are:  July 29th, 30th, 31st, and August 5th, 6th, and 7th at 8 pm. August 1st and 8th at 2 pm.
July 29, 30, and 31st  at 8 pm.
August 5, 6 and 7th at 8 pm
Aug 1, and 8th at 2 pm.
Tickets are $28 each or $10 for students with valid student IDs.  Seating is limited and sold by section for safety. For tickets, please call the box office at 239.218.0481 or online at
For the protection of our cast, we require that all patrons wear their masks over their noses and mouths during their entire stay at the theater. Our seats are spaced following current CDC regulations and may not be moved or adjusted. All theater surfaces are professionally coated with a specially developed antimicrobial sanitizer, and temperatures will be recorded upon check-in; guests with elevated temperatures will not be admitted. For further information on what the theater is doing to keep its casts, crews, and guests safe, please visit the website and review the pandemic protocol.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live performance, education, community outreach, experimentation, and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks, which both feature and challenge local performers. For more information, visit or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.

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