Theater Geek

Theater Geek

The Real Life Drama of A Summer at Stagedoor Manor

Book - 2011
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B efore there was Glee or American Idol, there was Stagedoor Manor, a theater camp in the Catskills where big-time Hollywood casting directors came to find the next generation of stars. It's where Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, Mandy Moore, Lea Michele, and many others got their start as kids. At age thirty-one, Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-proclaimed theater geek, was lucky enough to go, too, when he followed three determined teen actors through the rivalries, heartbreak, and triumphs of a summer at Stagedoor Manor.

Every summer since 1975, a new crop of campers has entered Stagedoor Manor to begin an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. The offspring of Hollywood players like Ron Howard, Nora Ephron, and Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are just beginning. The faculty--all seasoned professionals--demand adult-size dedication and performances from the kids. Add in talent scouts from Disney and Paradigm and you have an intense, exciting environment where some thrive and others fail. Eye-opening, funny, and full of drama and heart, Theater Geek offers an illuminating romp through the world of serious child actors.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781439145777
Branch Call Number: 792. 028 RAP
Characteristics: vii, 260 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

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mbuechert
Sep 07, 2016

I enjoyed this. It's interesting to see how driven some youngsters are and how they fit into this "alternative" universe of theatre. Shows how the American way of life applies to young performers: ultra competitive and hierarchical. You want to be the best--to "shine"--so that you get the best roles, get selected for the elite acting group, attract the notice of "important people." I don't say this is right or wrong, just that the theatre camp promotes it. I like to read backstage stuff, so on that level, it was fun.

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riscamj
May 26, 2015

what a Piece of Rubbish......no wonder Hollywood and theatre life stinks - if that is where it starts - teens and tweens doing inappropriate materail - but OH in the name of fame anything is ok? Drivel 60 pages is all i made into it and brought it back - don't waste your time.

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