Superhero Stunt School at JCC Harlem

19 May 2017

For the Spring 2017 semester at the brand new JCC Harlem, we ran a program about superheroes! The Superhero Stunt School course was deisgned to focus on: Creating characters with a distinct voice, body, and personality. Learning about superheroes from comic books. Crafting an original presentation based on styles gleaned from exisiting comic book heroes and villains. Learning fight choreography techniques used on stage and screen. We had a lot of fun creating and becoming our superheroes (and villains) by combining our love of theater with fantasy. Through acting exercises, collaborative brainstorming sessions, and fun superhero madlibs, we created not only the superheroes, but also their...

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What makes an awesome camp program?

21 April 2017

As camp directors turn camp performers, we try to consider all the important facets when determining how to offer the best entertainment options for our camp clients.   While we weigh factors like the number of participants, venue logistics, ages, etc., there is only one true way to know what will make a program awesome at a camp—LISTEN TO CAMPS. With a need to hear to directly from the source, we set out with one question for the many of camps we visit every summer: What Makes an Awesome Camp Program? The results were surprisingly consistent and can help ANY camp develop effective programming…...

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CREATE 2017 at Camp Twelve Trails!

12 April 2017

Come join us in 2017 at Camp Twelve Trials for... CREATE mainstages is excited to partner again with Camp Twelve Trails to provide the staff, programming, and development of the premier Arts & Drama program of any New York Day Camp! After a tremendous summer last year, mainstages is excited to once again helm the CREATE Neighborhood, which is just one of the exciting options for campers to choose from. This camp is for everyone! If you are a talented artist, you can fine-tune your skills. If you want to find out if you are a future artist or performer, we'll nurture your talents so they can blossom...

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Presenting JCamp SHINES 2017!

9 April 2017

mainstages is proud to partner with JCC Westside, in Los Angeles, California for a second summer of JCamp Shines!  Two week theatrical experiences open to all interests and skill levels from grades K-7! With a program that includes daily swim and playtime along with leadership roles for older participants, our professional instructors will guide students through two-week sessions culminating in one of these performances: Seussical Jr. July 10-July 21 In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz...

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Camp Theme Day Ideas and Considerations

8 February 2017

Make An Awesome Theme Day A simple way to lay the foundation for a great camp program is to begin with a theme. Build programming that has a common thread and links to the overall camp mission. Themes often help campers relate an instruction or activity to a concept with which they are more familiar. For a young camper, walking with pride may be a foreign idea. But if you establish a theme of “Knights and Princesses,” giving an instruction to walk like a knight or princess will achieve the same result. Choosing a theme is about knowing what you want to achieve. If...

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