Stagedoor Manor students to perform opening number of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
MORE THAN ONE-HUNDRED STAGEDOOR MANOR STUDENTS
TO PERFORM THE OPENING NUMBER OF
MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE®
OF THE PARADE’S EIGHTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR OF STAGEDOOR MANOR’S
PARTICIPATION IN PARADE TELECAST
New York, NY (11/14/2011) – A group of 140 Stagedoor Manor students from all over the world will sing and dance the opening number for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. The number – an all-new original song written specifically for the event – will be a special celebration of the famed Parade’s landmark 85th Anniversary. Following the opening, the students will then make their way to the top of the Parade route and march the entire length of the Parade, eventually escorting Santa Claus into Herald Square for the NBC national telecast’s finale. This year’s appearance will mark Stagedoor Manor’s third consecutive Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance.
Perhaps the most iconic annual event in the history of broadcasting, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationally on NBC-TV to an estimated 50 million viewers and is widely considered to be the “official start of the Holiday Season.” It will air from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 24, 2011.
More than four-hundred Stagedoor Manor students apply for the opportunity to participate in the Parade. This year’s participants represent 27 states, as well as Canada, Jamaica, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia. Participants will come together for the first time in New York City just three days before the Parade, and will learn the entire routine in a quick twenty-four hour rehearsal period.
About Stagedoor Manor: For nearly forty years, children and teens (ages 10-18) from all over the world have been traveling to Stagedoor Manor to perfect their skills in acting, singing, and dance. Boasting many famous alumni, Stagedoor Manor is widely recognized as the country’s premiere training ground for young performers. As a result of its reputation, agents and casting directors seeking the next generation of talent make regular visits each year. Stagedoor frequently partners with prominent entertainment companies, such as Disney and Music Theatre International, to create new properties. Stagedoor workshops were responsible for the creation of School Editions of Rent, Sweeney Todd, Aida, Miss Saigon, and Avenue Q. The original stage production of High School Musical was created at Stagedoor in 2007. There is no audition required to attend Stagedoor Manor; the program is committed to all levels of talent and experience. The campus has 8 theaters and produces 40 full-scale shows each season. Stagedoor Manor is owned and produced by the Samulson/Samen family.
About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 80 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale over the years, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with over 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy’s Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.
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