It was "Dress Rehearsal Day" July 25 at Stagedoor Manor — the famous performing arts summer camp located two hours outside of New York City in Loch Sheldrake, NY — and makeup was being applied at 9 AM. Campers ages 10-18 were preparing for their first audience members: each other.
Thirteen productions at Stagedoor were getting their first run-throughs — complete with lighting and costumes — following a limited rehearsal period, in which students were learning the entirety of musicals and plays Les Misérables, Our Town, The Young and the Fair, Pilgrims of the Night, A… My Name is Alice, Annie, Elsewhere in Elsinore, Chicago, 42nd Street, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Who's Tommy, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the highly-anticipated In the Heights. Half of the shows performed in the morning (with the remaining casts acting as the audience members), and sets were changed during lunch for a switch in the afternoon.
Although each production looked practically polished for its dress rehearsal, it was only a ten-day rehearsal period — with limited access to a cell phone and the Internet — that led the campers to the finish line.
"It's a totally different feeling, really," added Speedy's younger version in the show, Owen Cumming, 13, who played Young Tommy.
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