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About Summerstage

All sessions will take place at the Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, 679 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT

Willy Wonka KIDS
Students completing grades 1,2,3,4,5,6 in June 2024

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale!  Follow the enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, along with his singing and dancing Oompa Loompas, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Who will find those tickets and win a tour of the Wonka factory and lifetime supply of candy? The winning children must use their “Pure Imagination” and learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.

*Willy Wonka is produced in partnership with Town Players of New Canaan.

Program Fee: $1075

Broadway Beat
Students completing grades 1,2,3,4,5,6 in June 2024

Do you hear that beat? It’s the sound of dancing feet and orchestras tuning up. It’s the sound dreams are made of. It’s the sound of Broadway! Celebrate musical theatre with highlights from over a century of music and dance. Learn hits from Hairspray, The Music Man, The King and I, Wicked, Rent, Grease and more. It’s the beat of Broadway and nobody can stop it!

*Broadway Beat is produced in association with Hal Leonard.

Program Fee: $600

Alice in Wonderland JR.
Students completing grades 1,2,3,4,5,6 in June 2024

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as she navigates the curious world of Wonderland on a journey of self-discovery. When young Alice finds herself in a strange world where everything seems upside down, she must find her way home…and find herself along the way. As she travels through Wonderland, she encounters many iconic characters including the ever-tardy White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, a cool Caterpillar, the wacky Mad Hatter, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts. Including “The Unbirthday Song” and many other favorites, Alice in Wonderland is timeless story of adventure, imagination, and pure fun!

Program Fee: $1075

Rent: School Edition
Students completing grades 7,8,9,10,11,12 in June 2024

Set in the East Village of New York City in the 1990s, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Loosely based on Puccin’s La Boheme, and Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Following “525,600 minutes” in the life of a found-family of struggling artists and musicians surviving in the shadows of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts in this groundbreaking musical about art and life. Spaces are limited, so don’t miss this “Seasons of Love”.

EDUCATIONAL NOTE: RENT: School Edition contains sensitive subject matter that may not be suitable for all students. Summerstage offers older students a chance to interact with material that tackles tough subjects to expand their understanding of the world while challenging their performance abilities.

Program Fee: $1075

*Willy Wonka KIDS, Alice In Wonderland JR. and RENT: School Edition are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


Enrollment Varies By Show

January 30, 2024 • 

2024 SummerStage

Ernest Thayer’s beloved poem about fictional baseball legend Casey and the town of Mudville springs vividly to life in the present day. When young KC moves to Mudville with her father from New York City, she struggles to fit in at her new school. But through her love of baseball, KC whips the down-and-out little league team into shape, leading them to the championship game, where she learns that there are things even more important than winning.

These performances will take place in NYC at Theatre Row, an Off-Broadway theatre! Click Here to learn more about Theatre Row.


Ages 6 - 18

October 13, 2023 • 

KC@Bat

The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of World War II take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical! Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars.


Ages 6 - 18

October 12, 2023 • 

The Sound of Music

Raised by elves and unaware that he is actually human, Buddy embarks on a hilarious journey to New York City, with Santa’s permission of course, to find his birth father. As he realizes that his father is on the naughty list and his brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Program Fee: $895 (Thanks to our generous donors, all program fees are subsidized).

*Register by August 1 for a $55 early-bird discount.


Grades 7 - 12

July 21, 2023 • 

ELF

This workshop will focus on how to prepare for an audition. Students will perform with Benton Whitley and he will share his personal approach and advice on how to audition.

Masterclass Fee: $195


Grades 6 - 12

July 12, 2023 • 

Masterclass with Casting Director Benton Whitley

Orfeh was last on Broadway as Paulette in Legally Blonde: The Musical for which she was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Orfeh’s other Broadway credits include Saturday Night Fever, The Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm and Footloose. Off-Broadway credits include Love, Los, and What I Wore, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Love, Janis. Television and film work includes Sleeping with the Fishes, Across the Universe, Film U, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City and Chappelle’s Show. She has performed at Lincoln Center with her husband, Oliver Award winner and Tony nominee Andy Karl, and in numerous Broadway benefits including Hair for the Actors Fund (Grammy nomination). Her extensive recording career includes music with ’90s top-40 group Or-N-More. She has performed with many music icons from legends the O’Jays to Chaka Khan. Her solo CD, What Do You Want From Me and latest single, “Forget My Name” are available on i-Tunes, as well as her most recent release, a live album titled Legally Bound that she and her husband recorded at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Masterclass Fee: $195


Grades 6 - 12

July 12, 2023 • 

Masterclass with Orfeh

Christy Altomare made her Broadway debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia!. She’s been seen off-Broadway in Carrie and also starred as Wendla in the national tour of Spring Awakening. Her regional credits include Daddy Long Legs (Jerrusha); Camelot (Guenevre, Chicago); Anastasia (Anya, Hartford Stage, Connecticut Critics Circle Award). Christy was named Broadway.com Star of the Year in 2017.

Masterclass Fee: $195


Grades 6 - 12

July 12, 2023 • 

Masterclass with Christy Altomare

Join us in the Hundred Acre Wood along with Pooh and friends as they learn about teamwork, friendship and of course: honey! A treat for the family, this introductory class is a new opportunity for young students to express themselves, build confidence and make new friends in the Hundred Acre Woods at OAA!

Program Fee: $750 (Thanks to our generous donors, all program fees are subsidized).

*Register by August 1 for a $25 early-bird discount.


Ages 5 to 7

July 12, 2023 • 

Winnie The Pooh

Life isn’t easy for Annie and the orphans under Ms. Hannigan’s care, but positive-thinking Annie always believes that The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow. With her charm and determination, Annie helps brighten the orphan’s days and she finds the family she always wanted.

Program Fee: $895 (Thanks to our generous donors, all program fees are subsidized).

*Register by August 1 for a $55 early-bird discount.


Grades 1-6

July 12, 2023 • 

Annie Kids

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