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 →

Parents Love Upstage Theatre Programs – Westside Mommy

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Parents Love Upstage Theatre Programs   Written by Westside Mommy (Ruby Hunt) https://www.westsidemommy.com Students Return to Upstage When most students take their first session at Upstage Theatre, whether it’s during the school year or summer session, it’s usually not their last. Many children, whether they were encouraged by a parent, classmate, or by their own will, enjoy it more than they ever thought they would. “My daughter, Rachel, has attended … Read More →

From Ensemble to Ecologist

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Written by Jenna Karr Jenna holds her B.S in Marine Biology and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida Southern College and she is now working on her Masters of Science in Marine Science from Hawaii Pacific University and she is looking to earn her PhD in the following years. Jenna spent her entire childhood in the theatre, dance, vocal lessons, and more. Here she shares with us the skills … Read More →

How Upstage Helps Your Kids with Stage Fright

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For most professional stage actors, stage fright is something they will have to deal with at some point in their careers. The most famous actor of them all, Lawrence Olivier, suffered from it terribly for most of his later career and nearly quit acting when on tour with Othello. His fellow actors were ordered not to look at him on stage during the play! The first time I experienced it … Read More →

Structure It Up

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Recently I’ve been visiting various sites and watching the classes, and I’ve given the note “structure it up” from time to time to the teachers. A vital element to all our classes and rehearsals at Upstage is a structured style of teaching. When teaching a group of kids, we instruct our teachers to structure their class style quite tightly, putting in rules and “guard rails” for any exercise, rehearsal, or … Read More →

The Upstage “Outside-In” Technique

Many parents are now asking about how we get such great performances from the kids, so I thought I would give you all a very basic outline. It all started when I was at college back in England and realized that after 6 weeks of studying Textile Management, I just wanted to be an actor. I ran to the local bookshop and bought my first acting technique book and it … Read More →