The group of 15, known as Shifting Grounds Productions, are currently self-funded and will perform at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at 2 PM.
"The idea to create this organization was born from the strong friendships that formed at Stagedoor Manor amongst a select group of campers who performed in a troupe called the 'Our Time Cabaret'," said Julie Kleiner, one of the founders of Shifting Ground Productions. Kleiner appeared in the national tour of Big and was in the movie "Camp."
The performers — which include former campers Caitlin Van Zandt ("Camp," "Hope & Faith") and Blair Late (of the boy group B3) — will present a unique holiday show singing such songs as "Jingle Bells," "Frosty," "Oh Hannukah," and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," but will also involve the children in the hospital. The show will also be taped and televised for patients who are not able to attend.
The hope for the group, which currently performs as the resident theatre troupe at the hospital with a new interactive show every two weeks, is to become a non-profit and tour other hospitals as well. To contact the organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stagedoor Manor camp served as the inspiration for Todd Graff's film "Camp" and celebrated its 30-year anniversary June 2005. The camp was founded in 1975 by the late Carl and Elsie Samuelson and its artistic director, Jack Romano. Among popular alumni include stage veterans Natalie Portman, Michele Federer, Sara Kramer, Mary Stuart Masterson, Josh Charles, Danny Gurwin, Jeanine Tesori, Julia Murney, Nicky Silver, Amy Ryan as well as Robert Downey Jr., Mandy Moore, Zach Braff, Jon Cryer, Michael Ian Black and Bryce Dallas Howard.
One of the premier children's hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian is affiliated with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. It is the sole New York City hospital dedicated to the care of children and health services provider. Visit www.childrensnyp.org for more information.