Summer Stage

Summer Stage – Theatre Arts Camp

Musical Theatre Mainstage

3rd grade-9th grade

Participants will audition, rehearse, and perform a Full Scale Musical (shows TBA) in each three-week session. This advanced track integrates training with rehearsals ensuring that all will be simultaneously preparing for performance as well as enhancing their skills.

Musical Theatre Revue

3rd grade-9th grade

Participants will have the opportunity to further develop their skills in all aspects of musical theatre performance by taking classes in acting, voice, and dance as well as preparing for an end-of-session Musical Revue. This track is geared towards those who want to focus on developing their skills in preparation for more advanced projects in the future. Our Musical Theatre Revue track offers a little bit of everything – some training workshops as well as some performance experience!

Acting (Session 1)

3rd grade-9th grade

Participants will audition, rehearse, and perform a Full Scale Play or One Act Festival (shows TBA) in each three-week session. This performance track will focus in all areas of non-musical acting where all will be integrating training with rehearsals

Please note that participation in Musical Theatre or Acting is by audition only. All Musical Theatre participants will audition and be placed in either Mainstage or Revue.


One-Week Summer Stage Intensive

8th grade-High School Graduates

Exceptional training with Broadway Actors who will lead a series of Master Classes in performance, training and audition technique. Week will culminate in a Performance for Industry Professionals who will offer feedback. Participation in this intensive requires an audition.

 August 8 – 12
Tuition: General $700, Y Member $650


Need-Based & Artistic Scholarships are available.  If interested, please contact

Laurie Walton

Director, Performing Arts

(347) 913-4430

Laurie Walton is the founder of the Riverdale Rising Stars, the Y’s renowned teen theater group, and the Riverdale Repertory Company, The Y’s adult theater program. Under Laurie’s guidance, the…

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Yanniv Frank

Program Director, Summer Stage

Yanniv Frank is a New York-based actor, puppeteer, and visual artist. To date, Yanniv has performed in a total of 39 productions, including both plays and musicals. Some favorite roles…

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  • Full Summer: June 27 – August 5
  • Session I: June 27 – July 15
  • Session II: July 18 – August 5

Number of Days / Hours

  • 5 Days: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Early Drop Off starts at 8:00 am
  • Late Stay up to 6:00 pm


  • Full Summer: General Rate: $4,100; Member Rate: $3,700
  • Summer Session I: General Rate: $2,700. Member Rate: $2,400
  • Summer Session II: General Rate: $2,700. Member Rate: $2,400

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What’s New in Summer Stage 2022!

Summer Stage: Theatre Arts Camp

This summer we will be redirecting the goals of Summer Stage from those of a camp to those of a musical theatre training intensive. Along with this shift in focus, comes a number of other changes.

Tracked Classes vs. Age Groups

In the past, classes have been grouped by age. All 4th graders would have dance together, 5th graders would have acting together, etc. While this model offered certain positives, we have decided that tracking classes by skill level rather than by age will create an environment where students’ individual skills will be able to be adequately challenged and nurtured, providing the most rewarding results. The first few days of camp will be used to place students in their classes. Auditions for MAINSTAGE will be held in late May and early June, PRIOR to the sessions

New Tracks

With our new tracks we are thrilled to offer more opportunities for exceptional training, performance, and production opportunities.  Students will now participate in jazz and ballet classes as required studio dance classes, since these are the two main styles of dance that influence musical theatre choreography. In these classes, students will learn technique as well as choreography.


We are thrilled to bring these changes to Summer Stage, and cannot wait to provide these young artists with an optimal musical theatre training experience.


Summer Stage 2022