Bridgeport Summer Stage is a comprehensive immersive theatre experience for young actors entering grades 1-10 (in fall 2017), supported by a professional creative staff of directors and designers at the University of Bridgeport in downtown Bridgeport, CT. Both sessions will create a full production of a musical, starting with the initial audition and followed by a multi-week rehearsal process, culminating in an exciting weekend of performances where family and friends can enjoy your hard work from the audience. No previous experience is required.
The Summer 2017 staff is led by Director Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Choreographer/Writer Lance Gray, Composer Clay Zambo, and Assistant Director Chelsea Dacey. This year’s productions will include Singin in the Rain Jr and a brand new musical commissioned for our own program, The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Session #1, Singin in the Rain Jr, begins June 26 with performances the weekend of July 14-15. The "Greatest Movie Musical of All Time" is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin in the Rain Jr. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.
Session #2, The Emperor’s New Clothes, begins on July 17 with performances August 4-5. The program runs Mon-Fri 9:30am-3pm, with evening performances (July 14-15, Aug 4-5) for family and friends. The Emperor's New Clothes, based on Hans Christian Anderson's timeless classic, is a newly adapted musical version by local composer Clay Zambo and writer Lance Gray.
A sample day of the program includes: morning vocal and physical warm-ups, followed by mid-morning rehearsal for the show until lunch. After lunch activities include theatre exercises and games that teach participants about improvisation, focus, confidence, and character building. Students will also learn theatre technique, including projection, diction, as well as some dance and voice technique.
The cost of each 3-week session is $900. Students signing up for both sessions, and/or siblings signing up for the program receive a discount.
Please visit https://sites.google.com/view/bridgeportsummerstage/home or email BportSummerStage@gmail.com for more info.