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Stagedoor Manor is a performing arts summer camp located in upstate New York which has trained several high profile child actors. Image File history File links Stagedoor_crop. ... Image File history File links Stagedoor_crop. ... The performing arts are those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artists own body, face and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some... Summer camp is a supervised program for children and teenagers conducted during the summer months in some countries. ... “NY” redirects here. ... The term child actor is generally applied to a child acting in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion the latter is also called a former child actor. ...

The camp was founded by Carl and Elsie Samuelson in 1975, along with artistic director Jack Romano and Jacqueline Ferber. It was the inspiration for the 2003 independent film Camp written and directed by Stagedoor alumnus Todd Graff. Stagedoor was also a subject of a 2006 documentary by Alexandra Shiva. [1] An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... Camp is a 2003 independent film by Todd Graff about an upstate New York performing arts summer camp. ... Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director best known for his 2003 independent film Camp. ...

Stagedoor Manor is located in a former Catskills Borscht Belt resort (Karmel Hotel) in Loch Sheldrake, New York in the Town of Fallsburg, New York that was redesigned in the 1970s. The camp consists of several theatre spaces, the two largest being the Carl and Elsie Samuelson Theatre and the Jack Romano Playhouse. Other theatres include the Carousel, the Cabaret, the Merman, the Forum, and the Garden Forum. Catskill State Park as seen from Overlook Mountian The Catskill Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains into New York State. ... Borscht Belt is an informal term for the summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan and Ulster Counties in upstate New York which were frequented by Ashkenazi Jews. ... Loch Sheldrake is a hamlet in the Town of Fallsburg, New York in Sullivan County, New York. ... Fallsburg is a town located in Sullivan County, New York. ...

Each summer, Stagedoor Manor holds 3 three-week long sessions (starting in late June and ending in late August). Enrollment for each session ranges from two to three hundred campers. During each three-week session, the camp produces 8 musicals and 5 dramas. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

The school's impact on the careers and networking of child actors was described by Shawn Levy in the June 15, 2007 New York Post:

If someone plays that Stagedoor card. it's like whispering the location of a party with a secret location...I could sing you that song from the camp's yearly cabaret, and that's the equivalent of the secret handshake.[2]

In 2007 the tuition was $4,445 for three weeks and $7,345 for six.

In 1999, Stagedoor Manor staged their own version of Carrie - The Musical, despite the fact that amateur performing rights never were released for the show. Composer Michael Gore and Book-writer Larry Cohen were invited and attended one of the performances.[citation needed] (Lyricist Dean Pitchford refuses to have anything to do with the show, authorized production or otherwise.[citation needed]) Gore enjoyed seeing the show with its re-worked ending and a real teen cast, and stayed after the performance to talk to the cast. Carrie - The Musical was a stage adaptation of Stephen Kings novella, Carrie. The book was written by Lawrence D Cohen, Michael Gore wrote the music and Dean Pitchford wrote the Lyrics. ... Look up amateur in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Laurence D. Cohen is an American screenwriter and producer, best known for his work on Brian De Palmas Carrie (1976). ...

Notable alumni

Michael Ian Black (born Michael Schwartz on August 12, 1971) is an American actor, comedian and comedy writer. ... Zachary Israel Braff (born April 6, 1975) is an American television and film actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Alexander Chaplin, birth name: Alexander Gaberman, (born 20 March 1971) is an American actor. ... Joshua Aaron Charles (born September 15, 1971) is an American stage, film and television actor. ... Jon Cryer (born on April 16, 1965 in New York, NY), is an American actor, writer and producer. ... Robert John Downey Jr. ... Michelle Federer puts finishing touches on her Nessarose makeup in Wicked. ... Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress best known for her film roles in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Village and Lady in the Water, and as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimis Spider-Man 3. ... Jennifer Jason Leigh (born February 5, 1962) is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films. ... Shawn Adam Levy (born 1967) is a Canadian director and actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Amanda Mandy Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Natalie Portman (Hebrew: נטלי פורטמן), born Natalie Hershlag (Hebrew: נטלי הרשלג) on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel[1] is a Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated Israeli-American actress. ... David Quinn is an American actor, entrepreneur and teacher. ... Andrea Christine Ross (born April 8, 1991) is an American singer and actress. ... Jonathan Marc Sherman (born 10 October 1968) is a contemporary American playwright. ... Nicky Silver is an American playwright whose work has been described as edgy and hilariously insane. ... Jeanine Tesori (formerly known as Jeanine Levenson) is a composer of musicals. ... Mia Abagale Tallarico aka Mia Tyler (born December 22, 1978 in Mary Hitchcock Hospital, Hanover, New Hampshire) is an American plus-size model and actress. ... Bijou Lily Phillips[1] (born April 1, 1980) is an American film actress, former fashion model, socialite, and singer. ... Amanda Lee Aday (born January 21, 1981 in New York, New York, USA) is an actor, best known for a recurring role on the HBO series Carnivàle. ...


  • Hernandez, Ernio (December 15, 2005) "Camp" Alumni Perform Special Interactive Holiday Show at NY Children's Hospital, Dec. 16 Playbill
  • Parsons, Claudia (August 18, 2006) Summer camp kids mount "High School Musical" premiere Reuters
  1. ^ http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=3564
  2. ^ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/06152007/entertainment/setting_the_stage_entertainment_leslie_gornstein.htm Setting The Stage How A N.Y. Summer Camp Spawned A H'Wood Mafia By Leslie Gornstein - New York Post - June 15, 2007]

External links

  • Official site
  • Todd Graff's 'Camp' Experience
  • Maps and aerial photos for 41°46′13″N 74°39′27″W / 41.770255, -74.65759Coordinates: 41°46′13″N 74°39′27″W / 41.770255, -74.65759
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