Stagedoor | 2006
Deep in the woods of the Catskill Mountains is a place where the curtain is always raised, the stage is lit and children have the opportunity to shine. Stagedoor Manor is a performing arts camp like no other in the world, molding and spawning talent including Academy Award nominees Felicity Huffman, Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Zach Braff and Mandy Moore. Each summer, 250 kids, ages 8-18 come together from all over the world to share and celebrate their unique passion. These campers come from different backgrounds and upbringings, with different levels of skills and experience--but it is their burning desire to sing, act and dance that unites them. This chronicle follows five very diverse and artistic teens, for three weeks, as they spend their days auditioning, rehearsing and performing their true love, theater. The camp is fiercely competitive, ranging from theatrical novices to Broadway veterans, however every camper lands a part. While living, working and playing together these youths do more than just hone their vocal and acting skills. The time spent there builds friendships that will last a lifetime, as they find their own balance of talent and community, on stage and--more importantly--off stage.