Theater Geek

The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp

Author: Mickey Rapkin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439154397

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actors—or maybe even stars. Every summer for the past thirty-five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. (The camp produces thirteen full-scale productions during each of its three sessions.) These kids come from varying backgrounds—the offspring of Hollywood players from Nora Ephron to Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation. When Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-proclaimed theater fanatic, learned about this place, he fled Manhattan for an escape to upstate New York. At Stagedoor, he tracked a trio of especially talented and determined teen actors through their final session at camp. Enter Rachael Singer, Brian Muller, and Harry Katzman, three high school seniors closing out their sometimes sheltered Stagedoor experiences and graduating into the real world of industry competition and rejection. These veteran campers—still battling childhood insecurities, but simultaneously searching for that professional gig that will catapult them to fame—pour their souls into what might be their last amateur shows. Their riveting stories are told in Theater Geek, an eye-opening, laugh-out-loud chronicle full of drama and heart, but also about the business of training kids to be professional thespians and, in some cases, child stars. (The camp has long acted as a farm system for Broadway and Hollywood, attracting visits from studio executives and casting directors.) Via original interviews with former and current campers and staff—including Mandy Moore, Zach Braff, and Jon Cryer—Rapkin also recounts Stagedoor Manor’s colorful, star-studded history: What was Natalie Portman’s breakout role as a camper? What big-time Hollywood director, then barely a teenager, dated a much older Stagedoor staff member? Why did Courtney Love (at Stagedoor visiting her daughter) get into an argument with a hot dog vendor who had set up shop at the camp? Theater Geek leads readers through the triumphs and tragedies of the three senior campers’ final summer in an absorbing, thought-provoking narrative that reveals the dynamic and inspiring human beings who populate this world. It also explores what the proliferation of theater camps says about our celebrity-obsessed youth and our most basic but vital need to fit in. Through the rivalry, heartbreak, and joy of one summer at Stagedoor Manor, Rapkin offers theater geeks of all ages a dishy, illuminating romp through the lives of serious child actors. Rich, insightful, and thoroughly entertaining, Theater Geek pulls back the curtain on an elite and intriguing world to reveal what’s really at its core: children who simply love to perform.

Stage Door

Author: Edna Ferber,George Simon Kaufman

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822210696

Category: Drama

Page: 109

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THE STORY: The play concerns a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting and find jobs. The scene is Mrs. Orcutt's boarding house, where the hopes and ambitions of sixteen young women are revealed in scenes of entertaining come

Theatre

Through the Stage Door

Author: David Balthrop,Lissa Graham-Schneider,Mark Malinauskas,Brent Menchinger

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787295615

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 7583

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The Stage Door

The Stage Door

Author: Kurt Collins

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781467889469

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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Kurt, a working-class guy from England, had the opportunity to realize a childhood dream of owning and running a nightclub abroad, and he grabbed it with both hands. This story follows his journey and gives readers an insight to the temptations, corruption, infidelity, and social drug use that he experiences along the way. People are sold a vision about living and working abroad, but the reality is more often than not generally somewhat different.

By the Stage Door

Author: Ada Patterson,Victory Bateman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Actors in literature

Page: 217

View: 4313

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Three Comedies

The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, Stage Door

Author: George Simon Kaufman,Edna Ferber

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557833341

Category: Drama

Page: 371

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(Applause Books). Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman inebriated America during the Prohibition Twenties, then made everyone forget the Depression in the Thiries via gales of sophisticated laughter. The dynamic playwriting duo created three smash hits together: The Royal Family (1927) * Dinner at Eight (1932) * and Stage Door (1936. All three plays were promptly made by Hollywood into equally famous films Dinner at Eight with Jean Harlow; Stage Door with a young Katharine Hepburn and Lucille Ball; and the Royal Family of Broadway with Frederic March.

Stage Door Canteen

Author: Maggie Davis

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497626609

Category: Fiction

Page: 344

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New York City, the capital of the free world, is dark, its lights turned off as enemy submarines lurk offshore, as close as Coney Island. Three men—a gunner from a B‐17 bomber who is a national hero, a magazine editor uprooted from civilian life and attached to the Allied High Command, and the violence‐stalked captain of a Royal Merchant Navy freighter—find their destinies linked with three volunteer hostesses from New York’s famous Stage Door Canteen. Genevieve Rose is a beautiful Broadway star in an experimental Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that seems headed for disaster. Elise Ginsberg is an indomitable young refugee from Hitler’s terror. And Bernadine Flaherty is an ambitious, talented teenage dancer from Brooklyn hoping for her big show-business break. Against Manhattan’s wartime glamour, GIs fresh from combat in North Africa and the Pacific find themselves dancing with the likes of the Stage Door Canteen’s Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. Food, whiskey, and clothes are rationed, and spies are where one least expects to find them. Life is lived for the moment, love is passionate and often random, and those with a chance at happiness make a grab for it. For beyond the frenetic blackout, the entire world is fighting and dying.

The Stage Door

Stories by Those who Enter it

Author: Clement Scott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Actors

Page: 96

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BY THE STAGE DOOR

Author: Ada Patterson,Victory Bateman

Publisher: Wentworth Press

ISBN: 9781360597676

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 234

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