Breaking Perfection


Breaking Perfection Written by Taylor Sherry I was teaching an Upstage class a few weeks ago (on Zoom of course), and I asked the class to identify one success they had in the run through, and one thing they could improve for next time. One of my students, who is an undeniably talented performer, raised their hand and stated with such a discouraging tone, “There was nothing I did well … Read More →

Bringing Enrichment to your Schools!

Hope you are all beginning to settle in with new school routines – the new school year always brings new challenges especially in these trying times. For Upstage we are proud to announce that we are working with Oak Park Education Foundation and Roscomare Road Elementary to bring enrichment classes to their elementary and middle schools including Make-a-Movie, Public Speaking, Hamilton’s America and Theatre Arts. We have been creating new curriculum that … Read More →

Important updates about fall programs!!! 🎭

Dear Upstage Families, After hearing from a lot of you parents about the complex and stressful beginning to the school year we have decided to push the start dates of (almost*) all of our programs to September 12th and after.  So here is the new schedule (if you have registered for one of these classes you will also receive a separate email with this information): Premiere Programs: Act 1: Frozen will begin on … Read More →

The Covid Wall

Copy of Wicked – Jill-2

Written by Adrian Cohen Is it just me or is everyone experiencing a surprising surge of anxiety? I’ve spent the last few months patting myself (smugly, my wife just added) on the back for the way I’ve handled my stress levels during this crisis. Back during the March lockdown, I started by monitoring my daily intake of news, I got the kids and family on a tight structure very quickly (actors … Read More →

Online Summer Camps Continue, but All Eyes on School Return


Written by Adrian Cohen We are having so much fun this summer as we continue all of our themed online theatre programs. I’ve just had a sneak preview of our second junior High School Musical Camp performance video put together by Upstage parent and professional filmmaker Nate Noggle, and Wow!  We’re very excited by the level of production value coming from Nate’s first effort and we’ll be announcing our screen telecast … Read More →

We all want our kids to go back to school “face to face five days a week”. Just not yet. 


Written by Adrian Cohen Teachers, parents and officials in every school district in the country have been desperately trying to figure out how we go back to school in August, and the recent explosion of infections just made that a whole lot harder. Debate is raging in all the school districts we work with. Everyone wants to go back, yes, including the teachers. But there is so much “unknown.”  Recent surveys sent … Read More →

Willy Wonka AKA “The Set Designer Graveyard”


Written by Adrian Cohen We’re right in the middle of online summer theatre camps and I’ve been thinking about Willy Wonka which is our third two- week 10-14 yrs camp July 13th-24th. The online version will not have to deal with the one consistent nightmare this show always brings up: the set. And the show has become known as the Set Designer Graveyard, because a company will often lose a … Read More →

The reviews are coming in! | Summer Camp 2020


The reviews are coming in! Hear from some parents and students about their experience with our Live Online Summer Camp and Classes! Watch this video for more parent experiences! “I just wanted to let you both know how blown away I was this past week watching the unfolding of the High School Musical online camp. It was so well organized and executed, and it really surpassed all of my expectations of … Read More →

Heading Into Week 3 of Summer Camp!


Written by Adrian Cohen  Hello everyone ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Hamilton’ just kicked off at 9am and 9:30am this morning respectively. And, in case you’re one of the few people still left who don’t know, a full performance from the original cast is also being shown on Disney+ in the middle of that camp – Friday, July 3rd. Yes, we planned it that way! We have a very strong … Read More →

The Theatre Crisis Now Unfolding

Written by Adrian Cohen As Upstage Online camp got underway this week, the economic bad news sweeping the world continued, and it is clear that one sector of the economy which is close to home for our community, is on its knees. Theatres all around the U.S. are facing closure because as we tentatively get back to a new normal, those sectors requiring large numbers of people to congregate will … Read More →