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Summer Stage


COVID-19 UPDATE
Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken’s production of Disney’s Newsies has been postponed to Summer 2021 with special extended eligibility for the Class of 2020. For further details, view the video announcement below. Camps will run this summer. For a full list, or to register, view below.

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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.

2020 Camps & Workshops

Click on a camp name below for more information. Register for any camp at the button below.

Week 1: July 6-10

+ Adapting to Modern Styles of Dance
In this week, using modern styles of dance -- hip-hop, musical theatre jazz, and contemporary -- learn how to adapt any dance combo to the way you naturally move. Learn to explore movement in creative ways. In these workshops, allow your body and mind to discover new ways to interact and move, and then end the week with a mock audition in a surprise style!  If you've never danced before and you'd like to learn the basics, or if you've been dancing your whole life and want to explore more styles, this dance workshop has got you covered. All levels.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructors: Julianna Fielding & Jade Genga

+ Auditions 101
Auditions can feel like a daunting moment–it’s easy to feel intimidated, and it’s normal to be nervous. However, with the right preparation, you can own the moment and be a standout performer! This workshop aims to explore the audition process, starting with exploring the student’s voice type and range. Next, campers will learn how to pick up a dance combination and rock it with confidence!  Finally, we’ll explore dramatic and comedic acting individually and with others. We’ll develop a “book” of repertoire for each student, with the goal of presenting a mock audition at the end of the week. Join us for this incredible opportunity to enhance your skills and have a great experience!

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructors: Ryan Cox '14 & Nancy Peters

+ Improv
Join us for an improvisation intensive week welcoming to beginners and old folks when it comes to improv! Students will explore both short form and long form games and move onto more advanced topics throughout the week. At the end of the week, students will film their own improv show in the style of a college improv troupe.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times:  1pm-4pm daily
Instructors:  Davis Alianiello '09 & Juliette Hoernle

Week 2: July 13-17

+ Summer Stage Workshop: We’re All In This Together! The Power of the Ensemble
Join this Workshop for loads of musical theatre fun!  Campers will work together this week to be the strongest ensemble they can be through singing, dancing, and acting. An ensemble, or group of performers, build the world of the show using their special skills. Campers will learn teamwork and community building as they put together a series of music videos showcasing their work!

Grades: 6-9
Times: 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm Daily
Instructors: Julianna Fielding & Nancy Peters (AM) / Ryan Cox '14 & Jade Genga (PM)

+ Scene Analysis & Performance
This workshop intends to approach acting from the inside out, starting with the script and building the basics of scene analysis to fully complete an actor’s understanding of the text. Campers will cover subjects such as script breakdown, character breakdown, dramaturgy, and various methods of acting that have been widely accepted as staples. Starting from the ground up, by the end of this workshop, an actor will have the tools they need in order to fully delve into any script and start working!

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructors: Carlin Fournier '18 & Lauren Smith

+ Sketch Comedy
In this one week introductory camp, students will learn the basics of sketch comedy and write their own comedy sketches. Camp time will be divided into watching/discussing/learning about the form and structure of comedy sketches, and creative exercises meant to hone students' comedic skills. By the end of the week, students will have written two finished comedy sketches, and recorded at least one video sketch, in addition to other exercises.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructor: Davis Alianiello '09

Week 3: July 20-24

+ Summer on the Stage: And the Oscar Goes to...
Join us on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! This camp will turn students into stars by exploring the basics of acting, dance, and singing through their favorite actors and movie musicals. By the end of the week, students will be ready for the big screen and their Tinseltown debut!

Grades: 3-5
Times: 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm Daily
Instructors: Ryan Cox '14 & Juliette Hoernle (AM) / Julianna Fielding & Carlin Fournier '18 (PM)

+ HS Intensive - Shakespeare
This camp will focus on the basics of performing Shakespeare. Students will hone their acting skills and learn how to find meaning in a text, tools that will prove valuable for all kinds of theatrical challenges. Unlike the exposure to Shakespeare many students have had in English class, this workshop will approach the plays from an actor's perspective, rather than a scholar's. The class will culminate in a recorded performance of a short monologue or scene. Students will also leave class with a personalized list of recommended audition scenes and monologues geared towards their individual performance style.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructor: Davis Alianiello '09

+ All That Jazz: Broadway Dance Camp!
Get your dance shoes and your top hat ready for this Broadway movement program!  We will explore the styles of tap and jazz from classic Broadway musicals like Chicago and 42nd Street.  Beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers are all invited to tap the days away with Mrs. Peters. Enhance your movement skills and broaden your abilities in this skill-building program.  What better way to bond with your peers than over Fosse?  See you on the stage! You will need tap shoes and jazz shoes or sneakers for this camp.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructor: Nancy Peters

+ #Adulting - The Nitty Gritty of Choosing the Artist's Life
This week-long workshop will throw you into the itty bitty details of choosing a life as a performer. Through acting exercises, musical theatre performance, audition technique, goal setting, and mindfulness workshops, you can get a week-long test drive of what a life as a performer might look like! This week will be full of exploration and creativity, so get ready to step outside your comfort zone with #Adulting - The Nitty Gritty of Choosing the Artist's Life.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructor: Jade Genga

Week 4: July 27-31

+ Summer Stage Workshop: My Shot!
If you want to find your inner soloist, then this is the workshop for you! Campers will explore their performance skills through the works of their favorite musical theatre and pop icons. This camp focuses on building technique, creativity, and confidence to encourage campers to pursue their goals and light up the stage!

Grades: 6-9
Times: 9am-12pm
Instructors: Maddie Dutilly & Jade Genga

+ Playwriting
In this camp, aimed at students of all experience and ability levels, students will learn the essentials of playwriting. Time will be split between lessons and practical exercises designed to boost students' storytelling ability, and workshopping student's own individual projects. This class is highly recommended for students hoping to submit work to the 2021 New Artist Play Festival. Students will end the class with enhanced writing skills, a rough draft of a short play, as well as an individualized reading list geared towards their writing style.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructor: Davis Alianiello '09

+ HS Intensive - Show Choir Dance Camp
Join us as we create a Show Choir dance set for a recorded performance at the end of the week! Delve into a stylized dance routine and improve your ability to pick up choreo with a high energy ensemble. Camp will focus on two to three numbers to learn and clean in a movement-focused setting.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructor: Julianna Fielding

+ Arts as a Career
So, you wanna work in theatre? This camp will cover several roles that make theatre actually happen. Discussion will include the role of design, producing, marketing/publicity, casting, talent agency, administration/management, college studies, and more. Activities and exercises will be hands-on and experiential to tackle real industry applications. This course is especially well-suited for high schoolers intending to study or pursue theatre in any form in college and beyond.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructors: Carlin Fournier '18 & Christian Kabbas '14

+ HS Intensive - In the Heights
Join Mrs. Peters for a week of musical theatre fun!  This week we will explore the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda, specifically In the Heights!  In a musical revue style, we will learn various songs and scenes, and dance to the genius beats of this upbeat musical.  The week will culminate in a recorded performance of your hard work.  Get ready to light up the stage with your peers in this musical theatre intensive program!

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructor: Nancy Peters

Week 5: August 3-7

+ Summer on the Stage: Once Upon a Time...
Welcome to a land far, far away! This camp allows students to get their energy out and creativity flowing in a fun, ensemble-driven environment. Campers will experience the Summer Stage magic of improvisation, song, and dance while creating their kingdom through arts and crafts. By the end of the week, students will close the book on their very own fairy tale!

Grades: 3-5
Times: 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm daily
Instructors: Julianna Fielding & Lauren Smith (AM) / Maddie Dutilly & Juliette Hoernle (PM)

+ HS Intensive - Iconic Scenes from the Stage
If you have been wanting to itch that acting bug all summer this workshop is for you! Students will be grouped up and given a scene that they will be tasked to work with all week with hands on help from a director. They will be given the chance to deep dive into scenes from a wide variety of classic plays and flex their acting muscles. At the end of the week, the groups will be able to give their star-studded performance!

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 9am-12pm daily
Instructor: Davis Alianiello '09 & Carlin Fournier '18

+ Acting the Song
Whether you're auditioning for a school play, interviewing for college, or performing in New York City, this musical workshop can help you prepare. Acting the Song will focus on de-stressing audition techniques, melding acting and singing, confidence building, and performing full length songs. This week will explore acting techniques for solos, duos, and group songs of musical theatre and non-musical theatre rep for every performance level and setting.

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructor: Jade Genga

+ HS Intensive - Magic to Do: The Music of Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz holds a treasured place in Broadway’s history. In his career spanning almost 50 years, Schwartz’s library of works includes beloved musicals such as GodspellPippin, and Wicked. “Prepare Ye” for a week exploring Schwartz’s largely pop-influenced style and performing selections from Schwartz’s greatest hits!

Grades: 9-12 & HS Graduates
Times: 1pm-4pm daily
Instructor: Ryan Cox '14

Meet the Camp Staff

+ Davis Alianiello '09
Davis Alianiello '09 teaches Drama and English at Bishop Hendricken. His plays have been produced in twenty-three states, Canada, China, Ireland, Jordan, and Scotland. He was a semi-finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Festival, and his play D.B. won a 2016 Dorry Award for Best Touring Production. Recent directing credits include Trapped at the Boston Center for the Arts and Hamlet at The Wilbury Theater Group.  He is proud to return for his sixth summer working at Summer Stage, and he is passionate about teaching a new generation of theater artists.
+ Ryan Cox '14
Ryan Cox, a 2014 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, has been a part of the Summer Stage staff since 2017 as music director for Mainstage productions and as musical theatre counselor for Summer Stage Workshop. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance and mathematics from Providence College in 2018. Outside of Summer Stage, Ryan currently teaches math and directs the music program at The Prout School in Wakefield, RI, and additionally works as a freelance musician. He is always excited to return to his alma mater and mentor the next generation of performers.

+ Maddie Dutilly
Maddie Dutilly will be entering her Junior year at Fairfield University this Fall where she studies Psychology with a minor in Health Studies. She is the Social Chair Coordinator for her all female acapella group, Sweet Harmony, and is an active member of her university’s Glee Club. Returning back to Summer Stage for her 9th summer, Maddie is thrilled to be teaching at the Summer Stage Workshop and Summer on the Stage adding camp counselor to her Summer Stage resume alongside camper, performer, and intern. She can’t wait to make more memories at her favorite place to be in the summer and to watch her Summer Stage family grow. 
+ Julianna Fielding
Julianna Fielding is so excited to be a part of Summer Stage for her 13th consecutive year! She started as a camper and continued on to high school mainstage performances. She was fortunate to be selected as an intern before being asked back as a dance counsellor for the Workshops. Julianna has a degree in Fine Arts and theatre and is wildly passionate about arts education and performing. She’s thrilled to be able to work with a wide range of campers, who have always managed to teach her as much as she teaches them!
+ Carlin Fournier '18
Carlin Fournier '18 is entering his Junior year at Fairfield University, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Theatre. He is currently the Technical Production Intern for Theatre Fairfield. Carlin is also a 2018 Hendricken graduate who has spent a multitude of summers at Summer Stage. His favorite memories from camp include playing improv games in the acting workshop as well as playing Streets and Alleys. He is super excited to be part of Scene Analysis, Arts as a Career, Summer on the Stage, and the High School Scene Intensive workshops! He hopes to spread his passion for theatre and the arts to everyone he meets!

+ Jade Genga
Jade Genga is a professional performer and voice over artist who found her passion for theatre at Summer Stage! Currently based between Providence, New York City and Boston. Select regional theatre and touring credits include: How to Be a Widow (Ivoryton Playhouse), Cabaret (Ivoryton Playhouse) PBS Kids' The Odd Squad Live! the National TourIt's A Wonderful Life (OSTC), Anything Goes (OSTC), and My Fair Lady (OSTC). Recent New York credits include originating roles in several new works at Tristan J. Shuler's A Night Of Play, Blood & Water (Kraine Theatre), I Could Never Love Anyone (KPC Dance Company), Connections (Doug Hall), Your Name On My Lips (Theatre For The New City), and Diary: A One Act Play. She is also the author of The Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty of New York City (for actors), a yearly published mini-book about the ever-changing logistics of surviving NYC as an actor (www.ittybittynittygritty.com).
+ Christian Kabbas '14
Christian Kabbas '14 serves as production manager for Bishop Hendricken's Drama program, overseeing all technical facets of mainstage productions. Christian also serves as an instructor for the Technical Theatre Arts Academy. A 2014 graduate of Bishop Hendricken, Christian studied marketing and communications at Fairfield University from which he graduated in 2018. Throughout his high school and college career, Christian worked in technical theatre and production, including stage management, house management, lighting, sound, carpentry, and more. A Summer Stage staffer for each year since 2014, Christian is passionate about how theatre is produced, including business, administration, and design.
+ Juliette Hoernle
Juliette Hoernle is currently entering her Junior year at Emerson College, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a double minor in Non-Profit and Psychology. She is the Artistic Director of a TYA theatre company, Kidding Around, at Emerson. This is her 10th summer with Summer Stage! Summer Stage has been her home away from home since she was a camper herself starting back in 2011. She is so excited to be teaching Improv and Summer on the Stage this year. Her favorite memories from her days at camp would have to be playing Blob Tag outside with friends, going to the acting workshop, and of course the Summer Stage Mascot: Chow Chow!
+ Nancy Peters
Nancy Peters is a BHHS Theater alum and is ecstatic to be back this summer!  She has been a performing arts educator for over 15 years, and is thrilled to be able to share her loves of acting, singing, and dancing with her campers.  Nancy graduated from Providence College, where she received her BA in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Music - Vocal Performance and a concentration in Dance.  She has performed in many musical theatre and dramatic roles, and was an avid member of the PC Dance Team and Concert Chorale.  She has directed over 45 productions involving grades k-12, including programs in playwriting, choreography, full-stage musicals, junior productions, and dramatic straight plays.  Nancy currently teaches and directs at Bay View, and is excited to enrich and cultivate an already stellar summer theatre program at BHHS.
+ Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith is a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College where she studies Theater Arts, Education, and Writing with the intention of becoming a director.  She directed in the New Artist Play Festival in 2019 and brought Lucille Fletcher’s Sorry, Wrong Number to New York City.  She began at Summer Stage in 2017 with Godspell and worked as an intern the following two summers.  She is so excited to be back and to be on staff for the Summer of 2020!

Disney’s Newsies

Directed by Davis Alianiello ’09

POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2021 WITH EXTENDED ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CLASS OF 2020

Contact & Information

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