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

Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken provides a professional, educational, and inspiring experience that promotes the positive development of student artists in a safe and supportive community. Since 2000, the program has been offering an environment where young artists can come together to produce artistic experiences as a caring community. As we make our way into the future, the program grows in every capacity, allowing Summer Stage participants to grow and tackle new challenges in the world of the arts.

Over the past 18 years, Summer Stage at Bishop Hendricken has performed a mainstage musical each Summer, as well as four alumni productions along the way. In 2006, the addition of the Summer Stage Workshop for elementary and middle school students has offered lessons in musical theater, acting & improv, and movement & dance, inspiring the next generation of performers. In 2009, the Touring Ensemble was founded as a way to bring theater around Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts to young audiences who do not often get the chance to be a part of an ensemble of the arts, and performed for a number of seasons. In recent years, the “Glee”-inspired Summer Stage Show Choir camp, the Summer Screen program, and New Artist Dramatic Writing Workshop have been great successes.

Urinetown is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


August 2-5, 2018
Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater – Bishop Hendricken

Thursday, August 2 @ 7pm
Friday, August 3 @ 7pm
Saturday, August 4 @ 7pm
Sunday, August 5 @ 2pm

$12 Students/Seniors    |    $15 Adults

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

2018 Camps & Workshops

All camps open to young men and women entering the specified grades in Fall 2018.

Summer Screen

Grades: 7-10
Dates: August 6-10, 2018
10am-4pm daily

Working in teams on location at the BHHS 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!

Summer Stage Workshop

Grades: 6-9
Dates: June 25-July 6, 2018 (excluding the July 4 holiday)
8:30am-3:30pm daily
$375 for the two-week program

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

Summer Stage Institute

Grades: 10-12 & recent high school graduates
Dates: June 25-June 29, 2018
3 sessions offered daily (9am-11am, 12pm-2pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm)
$75 per session, $200 for all 3 sessions

NEW! This program, open to students entering grades 10-12, as well as recent graduates, takes place in 3 sessions (9am-11am, 12pm-2pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm). Each session will offer classes that will cover a variety of arts-based topics. Each class will meet for 2 hours daily and will be taught by experienced instructors. Don’t miss your chance to build and grow as a performer and artists through these classes!

SESSION 1 (9am-11am)

Can I Have a Word: Deep Dive into Improv
w/ Matthew Beaune ’16

The Basics of Music Theory & Sight Singing
w/ Mr. Richard Sylvia

SESSION 2 (12pm-2pm)

Stage Management
w/ Ms. Nicole Ratkoski

Musical Theatre Singing & Performing
w/ Mr. Richard Sylvia

SESSION 3 (2:30pm-4:30pm)

Directing the Actor
w/ Peter Mancuso ’15

Summer Stage Show Choir

Grades: 7-12
Dates: July 16-20, 2018
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 16-July 27, 2018
9am-3pm daily
$400 for the two-week program

NEW! Students will learn some basic skills in acting, movement, and singing in a fun, safe, and engaging environment. At the end of the camp, the students will put on an original play as an ensemble!

Contact & Information

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

Matthew Beaune ’16
Summer Stage Program Coordinator