Willy Wonka AKA “The Set Designer Graveyard”

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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

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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!

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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 →

Online summer camps have begun!

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Written by Adrian Cohen What could possibly go wrong? These were my parting words of our final pre-camp meeting this past Sunday. We are now in our second day of summer theatre with Upstage Online camps and I have to say, I’m incredibly proud of the way the teachers and admin staff have dived into this whole new format with courage and enthusiasm. I saw in our pre-camp meetings how focused … Read More →

Theatre Camp Online or Back to Normal?

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Written by Adrian Cohen Just like everyone else we have been discussing the possibility of going back to “bricks and mortar” programs or staying online for summer theatre camps.  It’s a topic everyone who runs or attends summer camps has been grappling with. And because we’ve reached a “half-way house” situation, where our country is now opening up but we still know so little about the coronavirus; where deaths are … Read More →

Can LIVE Online Acting Classes Work?

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Written by Adrian Cohen Our journey from bricks and mortar programs to live online classes in acting, singing, and dancing has felt momentous. And we have to acknowledge that our teaching and admin staff have made the difference. It’s only a slight exaggeration when Julie Bank, our Managing Director announced: “Adrian you can come out from under the bed now, our online classes are live, up and running.” The staff … Read More →

Upstage Summer Camp 2020

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Dear Upstage Parents- After much consideration we have decided that the safest course of action for this summer is to postpone our traditional in person Summer Camps 2020 to Summer 2021. We are excited, however, to tell you about the new live online offerings (taught by all of their favorite teachers) that we have created to fill your kid’s summer.  SUMMER CAMP 2020 Our 5 – 9 year old kids will have the opportunity to … Read More →

Your Kids aren’t ‘Zoomed Out’​- They’re Sensory Deprived

Written by Adrian Cohen As a parent of a 5 year old (TK) and 7 year old (first grader), and as a drama teacher, I have been experiencing the teleconferencing world our kids are being put through every day. Whether it be Zoom, Skype or some other platform, schools have taken a while to effectively shift to online learning leaving us parents inundated with various zoom links and the dreaded … Read More →

A Message from Upstage Theatre Schools

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We hope you are doing well as we all maneuver this strange new reality. Upstage staff has been working hard to plan for the next weeks. We will continue to connect with and engage your children through acting, singing and dancing via online platforms. We are offering our classes via Zoom and the kids are having a lot of fun. Please look out for emails from our production staff — … Read More →