Summer on Stage
Theatre Program for High School Students
Join us for Summer on Stage AND Summer Backstage 2013
We are thrilled to announce our shows for 2013!
This summer we’ve chosen two shows that are unlike anything we’ve done before!
by George Brant
Winner of the 2008 Keene Prize for Literature
IN YOUR EYES
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Conceived by Brian Yorkey, Tom Kitt, Kathleen Edwards, R.J. Tancioco, Taryn Darr, Vanessa Miller
Elephant’s Graveyard, written by George Brant, is based on the sensationalized true story of Mary the Elephant’s tragic encounter with the townspeople of Erwin, Tennessee. A beautifully written and poignant exploration of American obsession with violence and spectacle, Elephant’s Graveyard will be an inspiration for Summer on Stage participants and audiences alike.
In Your Eyes is a new, never before seen musical from the Tony Award-winning duo Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. Written before Next to Normal exploded on Broadway. In Your Eyes tells the story of high school students attempting to make sense of the chaos that ensues when a plot of gun violence is suspected at their school. They end up learning more about themselves and their peers than they anticipated in this honest and touching new musical.
Regular registration tuition pricing is available now through May 31st. Late registration is available June 1st – 14th. Participation is limited; see below for more information.
What is Summer on Stage?
Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program that culminates in two productions, a play and a musical, performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Arizona Theatre Company staff and professional teaching artists selected by ATC lead students through a variety of theatre classes that include character development, voice and movement for the actor, dance, script and monologue study, theatrical design, and other areas of theatre that prepare students for a career in the arts. Summer Backstage participants will be mentored by ATC staff and guest artists in additional in-depth and hands-on workshop sessions that will prepare them to assist in the build and load-in of our set, as well as for a spot on the backstage crews for our two productions.
Classes are held at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film and Television facilities. The first week of Summer on Stage is devoted to community building and audition preparation; we cast our two shows by the end of that first week. The next two weeks of the program are spent in morning technique and training classes, with afternoons devoted to rehearsals for our two shows. Our final two weeks are spent at the Temple of Music and Art in full-day rehearsals onstage and in our rehearsal hall as we incorporate all of our technical elements – set, lighting, costumes, sound, and props – on our way toward two evening performances at the end of the program.
June 24 – July 26, 2013
Monday – Friday, 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
(Lunch break is from 12:00 – 1:00p.m.)
July 25 – 26, 2013 at 7:00p.m.
A $50 non-refundable Registration Fee is due upon submission of registration materials for both Summer on Stage and Summer Backstage participants. You can download the available forms below (under "Resources").
Summer on Stage
Early registration - $750; deadline is April 1, 2013.
Regular registration - $850; deadline is May 31, 2013.
Late registration - $1,000; deadline is June 14, 2013.
Full and Partial Scholarships are available. Please fill out separate scholarship form to apply.
Summer Backstage is a technical theatre training program for high school students.
Regular registration - $250; deadline is May 31, 2013.
Summer on Stage Blog
Directing Intern (and former SOS student) Allegra Breedlove chronicled the SOS 2012 experience in a weekly blog on our Facebook page. Click here to read what she has to say!
“Summer on Stage continues to be the most important and formative educational experience I have had in my life thus far.”
- Allegra Breedlove, Summer on Stage participant 2008-2012
“At SOS I am able to let go and experience a pure time of fun, challenge, and most of all, family. And that is something I treasure more than anything.”
- James Dumel, Summer on Stage participant 2010-2012
Resources2013 Summer on Stage Registration Form
2013 Summer on Stage Scholarship Application Form
2013 Summer on Stage Internship Application Form
2013 Summer Backstage Registration Form
All resources are in PDF format.
For More Information
April Jackson, Education Manager
(520) 884-8210 x 7513