What Exactly are Upstage Pods?

We are working with pods of 4 to 6 kids. Ideally the pods would take place in the backyard of one of the families – but we can also scope out a park setting. For example, we have one established pod of 6 kids on Monday afternoon (3-4:30) that began October 26th. The pod is taking place in the backyard of one of the family’s. They have chosen a theme … Read More →

Teaching the Upstage in-person pods!

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Written by Katie Bottomley Teaching the Upstage in-person pods has reminded me of the joy I get when I see children explore their creativity and shine. Not only are they working towards a showcase, but we play games and learn throughout the entire process. They are eager to create and explore their own ideas involving musical theatre. It’s always been important to me as a voice coach to ensure that … Read More →

What’s next for Upstage?

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Hi All, I wanted to quickly share where we are at with all things pandemic related, and what we have on offer after the winter break. One of the surprises of the fall has been the sudden popularity of our in-person pods. These are groups of 4-6 kids, set up by parents, usually in their backyards but also public parks. We provide a teacher and help with recruiting additional kids from … Read More →

Breaking Perfection

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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

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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

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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. 

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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”

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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 →