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A Sleepaway Musical Theater Intensive

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Vanguard Theater's DREAM Summerstock VTC Intensive for students ages 12 - 19 pairs excellent musical theater and dramatic training with vital resources for students of many different lived experiences. Our approach marries artistry with vital social and emotional skills, giving our campers the tools to thrive alone and together, onstage and off.

During  three enriching weeks, campers are immersed in a multifaceted curriculum encompassing vocal training, acting techniques, dance instruction, creative exploration, and backstage arts. Led by master instructors, rehearse for fully produced shows performed the last weekend of summerstock, and  engage in workshops, including songwriting, Shakespearean performance, musical theater dance, character analysis, the art of belting for Broadway, riffs and runs, and college prep.

In addition to honing artistic skills, campers participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, archery, and hiking, fostering camaraderie and community. At night, we have lively campfire gatherings, movie and karaoke nights, and spirited dance parties, providing a holistic and memorable summer experience.


Participants may work with professional photographers to capture headshots and audition photos, enhancing their portfolios. Committed to supporting the needs of 21st-century performers and cultivating the skills of future artists and leaders, Vanguard Theater's DREAM Summerstock program is dedicated to empowering emerging visionaries in the world of musical theater. Many alumni credit Summerstock with giving them the tools to be successful at some of the most competitive musical theater programs in the country including: University of Michigan, Pace University, Syracuse University, Boston Conservatory, Ithaca College, NYU / Tisch, Emerson College, Northwestern, Berklee School of Music, BOCO, HARTT, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music, and more.


High school students who are passionate about pursuing musical theater in college and/or as a career, or who are  eager to connect their artistic endeavors with leadership and service, are encouraged to register. Summerstock truly exemplifies Vanguard’s dream of being the change we wish to see in the world. Our students will tell you that it changed their lives and perspectives forever.

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VTC’s handbook contains comprehensive, detailed information about our Summerstock Intensive Program including VTC policies, philosophy, as well as practical advice on preparing for Summerstock.

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