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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →