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Premieres and Special Events
Stagedoor Manor offers a world of Special Events, Celebrity Master Classes, and Performance Opportunities.
Performance Master Classes, like OUR TIME CABARET and PLAYER'S ENSEMBLE, extend the performance opportunities in both music and drama.
DRAMAFEST participants write and direct their own shows, then have their efforts published through The House of Plays, Samuel French. Invited industry celebrities view performances and offer professional feedback.
Many Stagedoor alumni, now successful in the entertainment industry, return to share their experiences with students wanting to follow the same path. Creative teams from Broadway hits (writers, lyricists, directors, and original cast members) visit to workshop at our rehearsals and inspire us with insight into the creation of their shows.
Working with writers and directors in exploring new material, Stagedoor students can experience the discovery and creation of Premiere Productions! Major companies and successful authors often use our stages to workshop and premiere Broadway material before licensing to the rest of the world!
Recent premiere workshops include RENT, SWEENEY TODD, AVENUE Q, LETTERS TO SALA, and Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY!
Stagedoor campers performing in the finale of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC
Stagedoor campers performing on NBC in the finale of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Stagedoor students work directly with authors and lyricists, sharing their vision and becoming a part of history. Workshop productions of RENT and SWEENEY TODD School Editions, originating in our theaters, are now leased worldwide.

Creative talents like Andrew Lippa, Richard Maltby, and Jeff Whitty, workshop rehearsals and view performances to offer insight. In 2006, Stagedoor Manor produced the first on-stage production of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.

Jeff Witty and the Stagedoor cast of Avenue Q
Jeff Whitty with cast of AVENUE Q
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Every summer, students meet award-winning talent and benefit from their experience. Cast members from WICKED, SPRING AWAKENING, COMPANY, and THE WILD PARTY, have shared the history behind their shows and stories from their careers.

Industry giants such as Howard Sherman, Executive Director of The American Theatre Wing, Jennifer Rudin, Head of Casting for Disney Theatrical, and composer Jason Robert Brown have spoken with passion about their past and future projects.

Richard Maltby and David Shire workshop with the cast of Starting Here, Starting Now
Richard Maltby and David Shire
Our Time Cabaret
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In addition to our primary full-scale productions, The OUR TIME CABARET is an hour-long musical revue with a different cast each session. This original and creative look at the world of performance is a 30-year tradition at Stagedoor.

Through music and movement, the cast of 35 students chronicles the ups and downs of making it "in the biz" and offers the audience an emotional glimpse of our hopes and dreams.
Player's Ensemble
Photo of Player's Ensemble
PLAYER'S ENSEMBLE is an innovative dramatic troupe that explores the impact of theater history and personal experience. Using cast improvisation, along with published material, this hour-long performance changes each session, as the work is tailored to its 16-member ensemble.

PLAYER'S is a unique insight into the evolution of ourselves as performers and our membership in the theatrical community.

During DRAMAFEST, YOU are the Author, Director, and Producer! Your original script is performed...and published!

DRAMAFEST is open to all ages and levels of experience. Each session, new authors work with student casts and professional directors who guide them through the process. The effort culminates with festival performances of fully-staged productions in our new Oasis Theater.

See your words and characters brought to life!
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Members of OUR TIME CABARET and PLAYER'S ENSEMBLE perform for the entire student body and have special parent and guest performances on Show Weekend. Dramafest performances happen Sunday of technical week for the student body and invited industry guests.

In addition to creative guests, Stagedoor hosts a number of agents, managers, and casting directors who (while searching for fresh talent) share inside tips to auditions and making it in the business.
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