Summer Stage Young Acting Company 2021

Summer Stage Young Acting Company
Video Auditions: May 1 – 26, 2021
Virtual Callbacks: May 22 or May 29, 2021
Rehearsals & Master Classes: July 5-23; 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri.
Performances: Friday, July 23 at 7pm and Saturday, July 24 at 2pm and 7pm
Location: Capital Repertory Theatre
Ages: 13-18
Tuition: $800 Tuition Assistance Available
Experience: Intermediate-Advanced
COVID safety procedures will be followed.

Covid Procedures

No social distancing, contact tracing forms and temperature taking required.
Normal cleaning procedures apply.
No masks for vaccinated individuals. If anyone is uncomfortable and wants to continue to mask, we will support them.
Unvaccinated individuals must mask. They may unmask during breaks if they are socially distanced and also during lunch.
For performances: Same guidelines.

Young Actors interested in honing their skills and performing on theREP’s professional stage, are invited to audition for the Summer Stage Young Acting Company!



This company of performers will bring the winning plays from theREP’s Young Playwright Contest to life. Members of the Young Acting Company will receive daily classes in acting, speech for the stage, character development and stage movement from professionals in the field. Company members are also guaranteed at least 2 speaking roles within the winning plays.


Registration/Audition Deadline: May 26, 2021


To Audition:

Please visit fill out the required audition application, and to upload audition video.

Please Prepare:
1. A short, 1-minute, fully memorized monologue of your choosing (remember to have fun with the character you are portraying while you are filming your audition.

2. If you play a musical instrument (not required) please include a 30second clip playing a song of your choosing.

3. If you sing (not required) please include a 16-32 bar section of a song of your choosing.

Tips for recording: make sure the space you are performing in is neat and tidy; make sure you have a light shining on your face; make sure you speak loudly and clearly; and make sure you have fun!

Additional Performance Information: Please note, depending upon guidelines regarding Covid-19, performances may be in person – socially distanced and with proper safety protocols in place; or, if need be, performances will air virtually at those same dates/times.


10 to 15 young actors/actresses to form the company that will perform the five winning plays from theREP’s 2021 Young Playwright Contest.

Students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles are open.

Character Descriptions for the six winning plays are as follows:

The Flower by Seamus Madden
Marigold – female identifying, 11years old, struggling under the weight of her father’s temper and his demanding personality
Mother – female identifying, gentle, loving, sad and helpless in Marigold’s current situation
Father – male identifying, rough, ill tempered, and quick to anger, he is not a nice man

Our New Colossus by Maya TerryStein
Claire – female identifying, 11 years old, has arrived at Ellis Island after fleeing her homeland
Leah – female identifying, 16 years old, has arrived at Ellis Island after fleeing her homeland
Rose – female identifying, 19 years old, has arrived at Ellis Island after fleeing her homeland
David – male identifying, 15 years old, has arrived at Ellis Island after fleeing his homeland
Ensemble Actors – in the Greek Chorus style, the Ensemble has a voice throughout the piece, and helps to create the Statue of Liberty

An Artist’s Hand by Grace Bombard
Ruby – female identifying, 20 years old, a painter, working to cope as an artist and human with a recently injured hand
Sunshine – female identifying, Ruby’s self-portrait at 5-7yrs old, full of optimism, happiness and sunshine
Doom – female identifying, Ruby’s teenage self-portrait, Ruby’s “Goth” phase, sees the world as a dark and gloomy place
Content – female identifying, Ruby’s adult self-portrait, a blend of optimism with a little pessimism, sees the good and the bad

Broken Glass by Maxine Alpart & Isabella Libby
Liliana Martinez – female identifying, 12 years old, Liliana is leaving Mexico to enter the USA
Carmen Garcia – female identifying, Liliana’s aunt, determined, attempting to enter the USA with Liliana
Lucia Martinez – female identifying, Liliana’s mom, sad, believes sending Liliana to the USA with her Aunt Carmen is the best thing to do
Alejandro Martinez – male identifying, determined to provide his daughter with the best life he can, believes sending Liliana to the USA with her Aunt Carmen is the best thing to do
Officer Smith – male identifying, a cold and uncaring man, he follows orders
Diego Sanchez – male identifying, 14 years old, trying to enter the USA, already jaded by the system

Dream Escape by Leanne Airhienbuwa & Amita Ganeshkumar
Linn – female identifying, a selfish and self-centered individual, she does not listen to anyone, it’s her way or nothing
Kareem – male identifying, a caring individual who is good at providing guidance and help
Man in White – male identifying, someone providing instruction to Linn
Disembodied Voice – a voice talking to Linn on her journey
Jeremy – male identifying, Linn’s brother, very worried about Linn
Samantha – female identifying, Linn’s best friend

Oh My God! By Meghan Cenci & Merryn Rositzkie
Jaylin – female identifying, teenager hanging with friends on a Friday night
Mikaela – female identifying, teenager hanging with friends on a Friday night
Anna – female identifying, teenager hanging with friends on a Friday night
The Man – male identifying, a God who has been “grounded”
Luxana – female identifying, a God who is checking up on the one who’s been “grounded”


For questions, contact Margaret E. Hall, or 518-462-4531 x410.


Q: What is included in the cost of Summer Stage?
A: The three-week program includes daily rehearsals/master classes on getting into character, movement/speech for the stage, and improv/acting games and exercises. While students are learning practical acting skills, they will also be helping to develop and bring to life the winning scripts from theREP’s Young Playwright Contest. This rehearsal/script development mirrors theREP’s development process with professional playwrights and actors. Campers will experience what it is like to have a playwright attend rehearsal and adjust their play as it comes to life. Campers also have the benefit of working with a professional director, stage manager, and design team – all working to professionally produce World Premieres of the winning plays from the Young Playwright Contest.

Q: Where is Summer Stage held?
A: At theREP, 251 North Pearl Street, in Downtown Albany.

Q: What should campers bring to Summer Stage?
A: Campers should bring a bag lunch, their own resealable water bottle, and should dress accordingly (closedtoe shoes, comfortable clothes, with a sweatshirt/sweater in case they get cold from the AC).

Q: Does my child need to bring lunch?
A: Yes.

Q: Where do I drop off my child?
A: Drop-off is right in front of the building, located at 251 North Pearl Street.

Q: Who makes up the staff of Summer Stage?
A: Summer Stage staff is comprised of industry professionals (director, stage manager, and design team) as well as theREP Associate Artistic Director, all of whom have years of experience in their respective fields.

Q: How do I register my child?
A: Click here

Q: What does the Summer Stage Young Acting Company do?
A: The company members rehearse and perform all of the roles in the winning plays from theREP’s Young Playwright Contest.

Q: How many roles will each company member have?
A: Each company member will have at least two speaking roles.

Q: Do actors have to sing, dance, or play an instrument to audition or be cast?
A: No.

Q: Does my child need to have a headshot and resume to audition?
A: No. Any school – or other – photo will do; and students without a resume can list their skills/talents/hobbies when filling out the registration form.

COVID Safety Procedures

The School of Performing Arts is looking forward to welcoming students to summer camps. Please know that we will be using the utmost caution when it comes to protocols that ensure the safety of students and staff.

Protocols will include (but not be limited to): daily health screenings, temperature checks, mask wearing, appropriate social distancing to the activity and aggressive sanitization practices. Please see the protocols below which apply to each camp and location.

Safe Attendance:
Should you or someone in your family be diagnosed with COVID-19, you must follow all state regulations and self-quarantine for 14 days. Before returning to rehearsal, you must test negative for COVID-19 and be symptom-free. For the health and safety of you and your friends, it is important to read and follow all COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures outlined in the guidelines as follows.

Life during a global pandemic is anything but predictable. Should COVID-19 restrictions result in the cancelation of more than 3 consecutive in-person rehearsals, you have the option to withdraw your enrollment and receive a pro-rated refund. If in-person programming becomes impossible, Proctors will shift all of its resources, energy and attention to virtual programming.

Air Circulation:
The state mandates MERV 11 air filters. All of our buildings have MERV 13 filters and the air handlers mix in 30% fresh air with every cycle, which can be adjusted as capacity and needs requires.

Students will enter through the Arcade main doors at Proctors, the main doors at theREP and the main doors at UPH, depending on camp and location. There will be stations set up for students to complete a COVID screening questionnaire. Clean and used pen cups will be present on each table along with hand sanitizer.

Tables will be sanitized after use. Once the screening is complete, students will have their temperature taken. Temperatures are not recorded. If a student has a fever of 100.4 or higher, they will be seated away from other students. After several minutes, the student will have their temperature taken again. If they are still registering a temperature, they will be isolated and a parent will be called for pick up. Any student exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, either upon arrival, or at any point during the program, will be sent home, and will need to be symptom-free and test negative for the virus before returning. The School of Performing Arts reserves the right to send students or staff members home, should they exhibit any of the symptoms below.

Parents should not send students to camp if they are experiencing any of the following:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• Recent loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Any other signs of illness

Students will line up in designated areas for entry. There are demarcations on the floor to ensure students remain six feet apart. Students will keep all personal belongings with them.

Once inside, all staging, rehearsals and choreography will include safe social distancing protocols. Masks or face shields will be maintained at all times including during performances. All staff members and faculty will be educated on the protocols and will ensure they are being followed.

Six-foot tables with chairs on each end will be set six feet apart. Removal of masks will be limited to eating or drinking. Tables will be sanitized between uses. A single-use restroom will be available for student use with a sanitization table outside of the restroom that includes wipes and hand sanitizer.

There will be no visitors allowed on the premises. If a student needs to be released for a doctor appointment, please contact the camp director for pick up procedure.


Tuition Assistance

Financial assistance is here for those that qualify! Please complete a tuition assistance form.

Attendance Policy

Due to the design of this camp, full attendance is required throughout each week. In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit a notice of your cancellation to Grace Janiszewski. Written notice of cancellation must be received two weeks prior to the first date of your camp or class in order for a refund to be issued. A 20% processing fee will be deducted from refunds. If a cancellation is submitted less than two weeks prior to the camp or class start date, a refund will be issued if we are able to move a waitlisted student into the vacated spot. Otherwise, a credit will be issued, which can be applied to future programs.

The School of the Performing Arts reserves the right to cancel classes or summer camps due to insufficient enrollment without incurring obligation. If a class or camp is canceled, you are entitled to a full tuition refund.


Margaret E. Hall

Margaret has worked internationally as a director, stage manager and drama teacher. As theREP’s Associate Artistic Director, Margaret spearheads theREP’s Neighbors for Neighbors Community Bridge Building Program, coordinates the annual Next Act! New Play Summit, directs on the mainstage, produces the On-The-Go! in-school touring program, and oversees the Young Playwright Contest and Summer Stage Young Acting Company – frequently directing the Summer Stage productions. She made her mainstage debut at theREP with the 2017 production of AN ILIAD and has also directed the World Premiere of RED MAPLE (for which she won the 2019 BroadwayWorld Berkshire’s Award for Best Director of a Play), and the 2019 production of LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Margaret has been directing the company’s On-The-Go! Productions for the past eight years, reaching thousands of students from the Capital Region and beyond, with stories that focus on NY State History and classical literature – most recently directing the 2019-2020 Season tours of CINDERELLA! and PETTICOATS OF STEEL. Other directorial credits include: CIRCUS OLYMPUS, INTO THE WOODS JR., DISNEY’S THE ARISTOCATS KIDS’, PETER PAND AND WENDY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and THE JUST SO STORIES. Her skills and training have taken her to Bali, Scotland, Austria, Russia, England, Romania, and to several U.S. States. Margaret is a proud member of Actors Equity, holds a BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex in London.

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