Join us in the summer of 2019 as we present "Willy Wonka, Jr." 


Performances on Thursday, July 25 and Friday July 26 begin at 7:00 pm. Lines begin forming for open seating at 6:30 pm. NO video taping permitted. You will see a video taking place, it’s actually a skype for a parent unable to be in the room. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh.

Each and every summer, The Justice Theater Project provides professionally run youth summer theater camps for the community.  For over 20 years, camps have taken place at St. Francis of Assisi on Leesville Road in Raleigh. This camp has 75 students, 10 professional staff and 15 high school and college counselors. Campers are placed in age appropriate groups.  Every morning, each group rotates to classes taught by area arts professionals, which include Art, Creative Drama, Youth Certified Yoga, Dance and Music.  Every afternoon is spent rehearsing the show and attending classes. The camp culminates in a fully mounted production with costumes, lights, set and music.

At the St. Francis camp tuition assistance is awarded each summer during the 3 week camps. For tuition assistance please apply by April 15 each year, fill out a statement of need, and provide proof of income.

The second half of the summer is spent at the beautiful Emily K Center in Durham. JTP was the first camp to provide summer programming the year they opened in 2006.  Campers attend the two week program,  The structure of the camp is the same as the St. Francis camp, with professional classes in the morning and afternoons spent in rehearsals. This camp also culminates in a fully mounted production.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Scholarship applications must be received by April 15th each year.

Summer of 2019 Camp Information:

Meet the Director! Matthew Hager is an actor, director, musical theatre composer, and theatre educator based out of Raleigh, NC. He is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts (high school - drama) and UNC Chapel Hill (BA Dramatic Arts). He has also trained at DePaul University, Shakespeare & Co., and Michael Howard Studios in NYC. Locally, Matthew has performed with North Carolina Theatre, Manbites Dog Theater, Deep Dish Theater, and Burning Coal, among others, with upcoming productions scheduled for Bulldog Ensemble Theater and Honest Pint. Matthew is a company member of Burning Coal and a longtime actor and instructor in the company's Shakescenes troupe. In 2017, Matthew founded Aggregate Theatre Company in an effort to develop a younger theatergoing audience in the Triangle.

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The Raleigh "Willy Wonka" camp at Saint Francis of Assisi on Leesville Road takes place the weeks of July 8, 15 and 22, 2019 and is now for rising 2nd grade to rising 9th grade.

JTP counselors now begin with rising 10th grade students. Applications due by April 1 of each year. (See Counselor Applications area below)

  • Locations:

St. Francis of Assisi Summer Camp, The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, Clare Hall, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, 27613. 

  • Camp runs for three weeks. There is a TWO WEEK MINIMUM at the Saint Francis Camp. We suggest you attend all 3 weeks due to the process and effort of putting on a fully mounted "Willy Wonka". THREE WEEK CAMPERS WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PRIORITY during registration.

  • $245 First week payment due during application. Balance due 30 days before camp begins.

  • St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Clare Hall.

  • Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available for$25 per student, for mornings and $25 per week for afternoons. ($50 total a week for both)

  • You may pay on a weekly basis for morning and afternoon care, per your schedule.

Emily K Center in Durham: Weeks of July 29 and August 5, 2018. Please contact the Emily K directly for campers, scholarships and enrollment.


Campers are placed in age appropriate groups.  Every morning, each group rotates to classes taught by area arts professionals, which include Art, Creative Drama, Youth Certified Yoga, Dance and Music.  Every afternoon is spent rehearsing the show and attending classes.

Students should bring a bag lunch. No electronic toys or phones should be used between 9a.m. and 4pm. Campers may bring those for before and after care.

Please wear close-toed shoes. No candy or soda at camp. Yoga mat required.

The camp ends with two evening performances. All campers will perform in both performances. Those dates are July 28 and 29. Invite your family and friends to join you! Free.

Your campers stays with us for dinner those two nights. Parents attend ONE performance, by alphabet, last name.  Your camper performs both nights. There is no fee for family, friends and neighbors to see the performance.

We recommend your child attends all three weeks to experience the entire process of putting on a fully mounted production.  If you can only attend two weeks, we recommend that you attend weeks 2 and 3 so your child can be in the end of camp evening performances. Three week campers will also benefit from being able to audition for the challenging lead roles that take all three weeks to prepare for. Two week campers are not normally cast in lead roles.

Please call us if you want to talk about the camp, and the shows. 

JTP's camps are non-denominational and are not religious based. We strive to provide a nurturing environment where no child is a star, and all campers learn the importance of team work and collaboration.



Parents will attend by first letter of their last night, and be divided into two viewings. Campers attend both night and we will provide dinner for them.

Camp phone number:   919-264-7089

TO REGISTER FOR THE ST. FRANCIS CAMP, email us for the registration forms.

Send them in with your deposit check of $245 to secure your spot.  (No credit cards are accepted for the deposit, due to fees)

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Email us for an application and mail your application along with your $245 deposit check to our office at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ:

  • The Justice Theater Project mailing address:    8208 Brownleigh Drive   Raleigh, North Carolina 27617

    Payment in full is due 30 days before the camp begins.

  • Registration is handled through

Scholarship applications available until April 15th.

For any Summer Camp questions, please call us at:   919-264-7089

Become a Counselor:

Each year we receive more applications than we have positions for.  Priority is given to counselors that can attend ALL five weeks of camp.  Application deadline is strictly enforced. All applicants were contacted by the end of April. Questions?  THEJUSTICETHEATERPROJECT@GMAIL.COM

Rising 10th grade to college age students can apply before April 1 each year for a counselor position.   They must complete an application form and an essay each year. 

NOTE: Counselors 18 years of age and older who are employed by JTP MUST complete the Safe Environment Training.  Counselors in this category not completing the training will not be allowed to work for JTP. 

Medical Form/Emergency Contact form also required.

There is NO fee to apply to be a counselor. All Counselor Applications due by April 1, 2019.

The Mission of JTP:

The mission of The Justice Theater Project is to produce compelling theater experiences that create community dialogue and give voice to social concerns.

The Vision of JTP:

The vision of The Justice Theater project is to connect, inspire and impact our community through engaging performing arts outreach, education and advocacy.

Core Values of JTP:

•    Diversity, inclusion and equity

•    Dignity, humility and respect

•    Mindfulness of mission

•    Artistic excellence and integrity of process

•    Community engagement and collaboration