Stagedoor Manor Kicks Off Its 37th Summer On Monday, June 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE CURTAIN’S GOING UP ON A MAGICAL SUMMER OF THEATRE AND FUN!
THE PREMIERE SUMMERTIME TRAINING GROUND FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
KICKS OFF ITS 37th SUMMER ON
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
New York, NY (April 24, 2012) – The curtain goes up on a summer filled with the excitement and magic of theatre when Stagedoor Manor, the country’s premiere summertime training ground for young performers, kicks of its 37th summer of performing arts education. Located in Loch Sheldrake, NY, Stagedoor Manor has trained thousands of young actors, including many alumni who are currently working in front of and behind the scenes in film, television and theatre.
Stagedoor Manor holds three three-week long sessions starting in June and ending in August. Approximately 280 campers ranging in age from 10 to 18 will travel from across the world to participate. Over the course of each session, Stagedoor Manor produces ten musicals, three dramas, a one-act playwriting competition called Dramafest, and two unique cabaret performances. Top Broadway professionals and accomplished Stagedoor alumni return to the program each summer to teach master classes and workshops.
The session dates for summer 2012 are Monday, June 18th through Sunday, July 8th; Monday, July 9th through Sunday, July 29th and Monday, July 30th through Sunday, August 19th. Tuition for each session is $5,395 and includes room and board. Students are welcome to attend multiple sessions at a reduced rate. While auditions are not required prior to attending camp, every student will participate in a placement audition during the first two days of each session. For more information, or to download a registration application, please visit www.stagedoormanor.com. Registration for Summer 2013 begins in October 2012.
Today, with eight theaters and many famous alumni to sing their praises, the program that Carl and Elsie Samuelson created almost 40 years ago is still a family business. Under the leadership of Cindy Samuelson, in partnership with her sister Debra, Stagedoor Manor still follows their original visions. Being committed to all levels of talent and experience, students are admitted without auditions on a first come basis. Mounting 40 full-scale productions in 9 weeks; with material often cutting edge and deemed mature for children and teens, casts and classes are kept small. Indeed, the program expands almost yearly with new theaters and classrooms, fresh material right off the Broadway stage, and a constant flow of leading professionals from the industry stepping in to share their experience and passion; but the basic number of students remains the same. Performance, education, and community are considered of equal value; process, rather than product, the Stagedoor mantra. Last year, Stagedoor Manor was host to young actors from 27 countries and 46 states.
On Monday, April 30, 2012 Stagedoor Manor will be honored with the 2012 Theatre Museum Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education at a gala ceremony to be held at The Player’s Club. Past recipients of the prestigious honor; which is given each year to an organization that exhibits consistent excellence in theatre arts education, have included The American Theater Wing, the Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts, the Theater Development Fund Education Program, and New York University.
Stagedoor Manor’s impressive list of alumni includes Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Academy Award nominees Robert Downey Jr. and Amy Ryan; Emmy Award winner Jon Cryer; Emmy Award nominees Lea Michele and Zach Braff, recording artist Mandy Moore, Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal and Tony Award nominated composer Jeanine Tesori.
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