Register for Summer Stage!
Mainstage Center for the Arts’ Summer Stage is open for registration. Register and pay in full by March 1st to receive the best early-bird discounts! With programs for kids entering kindergarten through college, Summer Stage grows with the children as they expand their skills and develop a deeper interest in the visual and performing arts.
Summer Stage Programs include:
Broadway Babies, for children entering kindergarten – 1st grade
Kids Stuff, for incoming 2nd and 3rd graders
Apprentice, for those entering 4th and 5th grade
Children’s Theatre, for incoming 6th – 12th graders
Video Film Production, for students entering 8th through 12th grade
Technical Theatre (learning to work behind-the-scenes), ages 13 through 12th grade
Stage Key – latch key program available for all except Broadway Babies.
Summer Stage was named Best of Family by Suburban Family Magazine and nominated by our peers as one of the best theatre camps in NJ!
To register, please visit http://mainstage.org/ or call (856) 302-6485.
Mainstage Center For the Arts is dedicated to providing South Jersey youth with arts experiences that lead to: positive interactions with others, a greater sense of self-worth and self-esteem, community involvement, exposure to professional arts & entertainment not readily accessible, recognition of personal strengths & talents and career opportunities in the arts, and a deep and abiding appreciation for the performing arts. “Here at Mainstage we Celebrate the Arts!”
Mainstage Center for the Arts, began in 1989 when President, Edward P. Fiscella, Jr. , a teacher at the Glen Landing Middle School in Gloucester Township, answered the plea of his students to create a theater program that would encompass their long summer vacation. With the help of Vice President, Joseph Bretschneider, also an educator, the Gloucester Township Board of Education, and the Department of Recreation, Summer Stage was born!
Summer Stage became so successful that it spawned demands for year-round arts programming for youth and families. Mainstage was incorporated in 1994 as the Gloucester Township Center for the Arts, a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit. In 1997, they began to recognize that their organization had a large regional impact, and that their audiences and participants were coming to visit from all over the South Jersey area – not just Gloucester Township – and so they renamed themselves “Mainstage Center for the Arts”. They then rented a Studio at 100 South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, NJ and began to offer dance, voice, and acting classes. They have never owned a theater, and have hence formed mutually beneficial partnerships with the Gloucester Township School System, Camden County College, the Washington Township School System, and others, in order to have access to performance venues.
Mainstage’s programs now reach an annual audience of over 50,000 and serve over 1,000 children directly through classes and workshops. An ever larger base of young people is reached through in-school assemblies and educational outreach, sometimes averaging 2,000 children a program.
Mainstage is very proud to be recognized by the community as “one of the best performing arts centers in South Jersey”, winning that honor five years in a row from the readers of the Courier Post Newspaper. They were also a finalist in 1998 in the Philadelphia Arts & Business Partnership Awards for their partnership with the firm of McGettigan Partners – the only South Jersey organization to be nominated.
Mainstage is funded through public and private grants, corporate sponsorship, private memberships and individual contributions. They receive financial support for many of their programs through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
They’re very busy at Mainstage enriching our community and celebrating the arts…Come and join them!
Visit their site at http://mainstage.org/