Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CCS Awards 2010 Scholarships

June 18, 2010
Portsmouth, NH

We've just completed the challenging process of reviewing and awarding scholarships for Camp CenterStage's 2010 summer session. Part of our mission is to ensure that any camper who has a desire to attend Camp CenterStage is able to do so; and we also recognize that these are tough economic times for many families. With the help of some very generous donations, we are able to award scholarships in an amount that is more than twice the originally intended dollar value. We are thankful for the support from the Cathy Allen and Jonathan Allen memorial funds, provided by the Allen family.

"We joyfully accept this award; Thank you for answering our prayers and for making a dream come true."

"We greatly appreciated the scholarship that has been awarded to us. Your care and concern in helping the campers to come and participate is exceptional; I'm sure Centerstage will be a rewarding experience for all."

CCS welcomes aboard Victoria Ernst!

Camp CenterStage is excited to welcome aboard Victoria Ernst to our staff! Tori has been actively involved in theatre and the performing arts for several years. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2008, Tori attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts where she studied theatre. PGSA gave her a new appreciation for the connection all the arts have with each other. Tori is also a big yoga fan and loves to be active. She is honored and overwhelmingly excited to be a new member of Camp CenterStage, and can't wait to share her love for acting, singing, and performing arts with the campers at CCS!


CCS "Studio" Signups Begin

June 8, 2010
Portsmouth, NH

This week, CCS camper's will be receiving their 2010 "Studio Signup Forms". "Studios" are classes that campers will participate in every day while at camp; this signup process helps us to place our campers in one of their favorite camp "Studio" classes. Campers will be selecting from offerings such as "Musical Theatre", "Theatre Dance", "Acting/Improvisation", "Arts & Crafts", and "Creative Writing/Photography". As one of its goals, the "Creative Writing" studio will be creating the "CCS Chronicle", a keepsake/yearbook that all campers will receive after camp!


CCS welcomes aboard Chrissy Albanese!

Camp CenterStage is excited to welcome aboard Chrissy Albanese to our staff! Chrissy is currently a student at New York University in NYC studying musical theater at the CAP21 program. When not at school, Chrissy lives here in Maine, where she has been involved in theater for many years. Last summer she worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse and is now at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in "The Producers." Chrissy is looking forward to not only teaching at Camp CenterStage, but also learning more about why she loves theater, how it can bring people together, and how it can open up all kinds of wonderful, surprising possibilities!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

CCS Welcomes Crystal Lisbon!!

Crystal LisbonCamp CenterStage is excited to welcome aboard Crystal Lisbon to our staff!
Crystal holds a B.A. in Theatre/Performance from the University of Vermont. She has trained theatrically with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, England and with the Friches Theatre Urbain in Paris, France. For the past four years, Crystal has been working extensively in Boston. She has performed with a broad range of theatre companies, as well as worked in local film, television, and voice over. Most recently she completed a highly successful run of "Act a Lady" with Theatre on Fire. Previous to her work in Boston, Crystal worked at a variety of regional theaters throughout the country, and toured the United States with The Diary of Anne Frank. Crystal is also a classically trained ballet dancer and choreographer, having danced with The Seacoast Ballet Company for 9 years, and training at The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She has choreographed a number of productions for various theaters in the Seacoast area. Crystal is thrilled to be working at CCS this summer, and looking forward to all of the art we'll create together!

For more information, visit www.campcenterstage.org.

Alexis earns top business award in Hawaii!!

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alexis dascouliasAlexis Dascoulias, Executive Director for Maui OnStage at the Historic Iao Theater and Camp Director for Camp CenterStage, recently received a top business award and was named one of Hawaii's "Forty Under 40" by Pacific Business News. This annual award recognizes industry leaders who are committed to making a meaningful impact on their community and industry. Criteria for the award includes recognition as an industry leader, a high degree of business acumen, a respect of colleagues, a consistent "take-charge" attitude, and a commitment to their communities beyond the requirements of their job and industry. One of Alexis' contributions that earned his this prestigious award is that she is a founding member of Camp CenterStage, LLC which is a two week camp program that nurtures leadership skills and excellence through the arts for youngsters ages 8 - 17. This program will be held in Maine during the summer of 2010, with goals of adding a session in Hawaii in 2012 and another in a third US location in 2014.

For more information, visit www.campcenterstage.org.

CCS Welcomes Jen Mallard!!

Jennifer MallardCamp CenterStage is excited to welcome aboard Jennifer Sue Mallard, who will serve as our Lead Counselor and CIT Mentor this summer.

Jennifer has been performing and working regionally for over 15 years, including Off-Broadway NYC at the Theater at Saint Clements as Yitzhak in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and with the New York Musical Theater Festival. Jennifer has directed and choreographed numerous shows around New England and has been working with children and young adults for over 5 years now as a theater teacher, camp counselor and a private acting coach. Some companies include The Seacoast Repertory's PAPA Camp, Peacock Players, 21st Century Program after school instructor, Acting Loft, Phoenix Academy, and now Camp CenterStage! She loves sharing and teaching her craft and has an extreme passion and love for the arts. Jennifer is glad to be a part of something new and to have the opportunity to help the campers discover themselves, help them grow, and give them the tools to help perfect their skills in what they love.

For more information, visit www.campcenterstage.org.