FAIRFIELD SUMMER STAGE 2021
IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!
This year, we will be offering two live sessions (one 3-week session, followed by a 2-week session) for young performers entering grades 1 through 10 (in Fall 2021) . Session 1 runs June 25 (Fri) through July 16 (Fri) (Session 1 technically runs 3-weeks plus one day. The 2021 Session 1 productions are: “The Little Mermaid Jr” (entering grades 1-5), and “Getting to Know…Footloose” (entering grades 5-10). (fifth graders may choose between the two shows). The live performance for families will take place in the evening of Wed July 14 (“The Little Mermaid Jr”) and evening of Thurs July 15 (“Footloose”).
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
About the Program:
Fairfield Summer Stage is a comprehensive immersive theatre experience for young actors, supported by a professional creative staff of directors and designers, led by longtime directors Christy McIntosh-Newsom and Chelsea Dacey. The program is held at the Fairfield Museum commons (lawn outdoors behind the Fairfield Museum) in downtown Fairfield, CT. During our summer sessions, we will mount a full production of a show, starting with the initial audition and followed by a rehearsal process, culminating in an exciting performance where family and friends can enjoy your hard work. No previous experience required!
Session 1 (June 25-July 16):
Entering Grades 1-5 (in fall 2021):
The Little Mermaid Jr.
Fri June 25 - Fri July 16 (live performance for families Wed July 14 @ 7pm)
Entering Grades 5-10 (in fall 2021):
Getting to Know…..
Fri June 25 - Fri July 16 (live performance for families Thurs July 15 @ 7pm)
Session 2 (July 19-30):
Entering Grades 1-10 (in fall 2021):
Puffs: "Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic” (Puffs is a play)
Mon July 19 - Fri July 30 (live performance for families Thurs July 29 @ 7pm)
Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd
Fairfield CT 06824
Enjoy additional savings on ‘Both Sessions’ and Sibling Discounts (stacking discounts = ok!)
Session 1: $1,000 for the three-week session 1 (pay-in-full option after signup, or pay $250 deposit)
If you choose not to pay in full at signup you will receive an invoice for the balance prior to the final payment deadline.
Session 2: $650 for the two-week session (pay-in-full option after signup, or pay $150 deposit)
Both Session discount: Save $150 (total) for signing up for both sessions. i.e. $1,500 instead of $1,650.
Sibling Discount: Save $100 for each additional sibling per session (i.e. two siblings would pay $1,900 ($1,000 + $900) for Session 1). Can be stacked with 'both session' discount! (example of this: sister and brother both sign up for both sessions: $1,650 (sister) + $1,650 (brother) = $3,300, -$200 (sister both session discount) -$200 (brother) -$100 (sibling discount): $2,800 ($500 savings).
About the Shows:
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR:
Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's “The Little Mermaid JR”., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's “The Little Mermaid JR.” is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
Directed by Chelsea Dacey, this show is perfect for younger performers entering grades 1-5.
GETTING TO KNOW....FOOTLOOSE
(The Getting To Know Series: uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers.)
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 17 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Directed by Christy McIntosh-Newsom with Choreography by Ella Magnuson, this show is intended for performers entering grades 5-10.
PUFFS (One Act Version):
Puffs is the story of Wayne Hopkins: a regular boy who finds out he's a wizard and goes to school in England where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But, Wayne is sorted as a Puff, he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards and avoid attacks by evil wizards.
The New York Times proclaims PUFFS, “A FAST-PACED ROMP through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ For [fans] who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, ‘PUFFS’ exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!”
This two-week session is for performers entering grades 1-10. As this is a non-musical play, it’s perfect for those who love to act, but may be a little anxious about singing and dancing! For those too young to play a main role, there will also be a variety show and opportunity to perform songs, dances and scenes based on the theme of magic*
*if enrollment meets the minimum requirement
Session dates for Main Stage Session are Session 1: June 25-July 16; Session 2: July 19-30.
The program meets Mon-Fri from 9:30am-3pm. Drop-off is in between 9-9:30am, pickup is 3pm. Please note no drop-offs earlier than 9am are available, and pickups after 3:30 are subject to a $25 late fee (in order to compensate the staff member who must stay late).
The program will be at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Rd. in Fairfield. The performances will take place outdoors, under Burr Tent. Audiences will be seated in pods six feet away from others, and all safety precautions will be taken in accordance with state guidelines.
An optional, informational orientation meeting will take place on Sunday, June 20 @ 10am. This will be an online Zoom meeting.
What we will do each day: The day will begin with vocal and physical warm-ups, and then we will rehearse the show. Most rehearsals and classes/games will take place outdoors, weather permitting. For those not working with the director, we will have break-off choreography and music rehearsals, and even offer workshops in musical theatre dance, improvisation, and music technique!
Age Requirement: The program is open to children entering grades 1-10 in the fall of 2021.
There are a limited number of slots filled on a first come first serve basis. If your registration exceeds the maximum number of slots, any payment will be refunded.
Medical/Liability forms: Standard medical & liability forms (emergency contact, medical info) are required, blank forms will be sent to you after registration and must be completed before the child can attend the program.