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For two decades, Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken has inspired young performing artists and entertained sold-out audiences from around Rhode Island.

Since 2000, Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken has inspired young performing artists and entertained sold-out audiences from around Rhode Island. The program provides a professional, educational, and inspiring experience that promotes the positive development of student artists of all ages in a safe and supportive community. Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken offers a number of camp and workshop offerings that include theatrical performance, media arts, music, and show choir performance.

The hallmark of Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken is our yearly mainstage musical. High school students from around the state work with professional artists and recent program alumni currently pursuing the arts to produce a full-scale musical. As part of the production process, the company takes their performance into the community, and participates in a service project related to the production.

Disney’s Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Disney’s Newsies

Directed by Davis Alianiello ’09

July 30-August 2, 2020
Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater – Bishop Hendricken

Thursday, July 30th @ 7pm
Friday, July 31st @ 7pm
Saturday, August 1st @ 2pm
Saturday, August 1st @ 7pm
Sunday, August 2nd @ 2pm

$12 Students/Seniors
$15 Adults

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Disney’s Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family.

Thursday, May 7th @ 3:30pm-6:30pm
Sign-ups and information regarding a special pre-audition dance intensive will be announced soon!

Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, May 13th @ 4pm-6:30pm.

2020 Camps & Workshops

All camps open to young men and women entering the specified grades in Fall 2020.

Summer Stage Show Choir

Grades: 7-12
Dates: June 24-July 1, 2020 (Excuses weekend)
9am-4pm daily

Show choir combines vocal artistry with choreography to create a stylized performance experience. Students will work with the staff from Bishop Hendricken’s award-winning “Paramount” show choir to prepare a fantastic final performance!

Summer on the Stage!

Grades: 3-5
Dates: July 6-10, 2020
9am-3pm daily

Students will learn basic skills in acting, movement, and singing in a fun, safe, and engaging environment. At the end of the camp, students will showcase their talents in a fun, final performance!

Summer Stage Workshop

Grades: 6-9
Dates: July 13-24, 2020 (Excuses weekends)
8:30am-3:30pm daily

Students work as an ensemble to discover acting, improvisation, movement, and musical theater skills while creating a revue-style final performance!

Summer Screen

Grades: 7-12
Dates: August 3-7, 2020
10am-4pm daily

Working in teams on location at Bishop Hendricken’s campus, students write, produce, edit and star in their own short films using our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The one week camp will culminate in a screening of the projects for friends and family!

Contact & Information

Mr. Richard Sylvia
Summer Stage Program Director
401.739.3450, ext. 147
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