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 →

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 →

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 →