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Stagedoor

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Stagedoor Manor is a Catskills camp where America’s youngest aspiring Broadway stars--kids more interested in Auntie Mame than Britney Spears--gather to sing and dance their hearts out. In essence, life becomes a cabaret, and the kids in Alexandra Shiva’s enchanting documentary become its shining stars. Some see camp as a means of escaping the troubles of their home lives; others see it as a step towards becoming Stagedoor’s next star, like notable camp alums Natalie Portman (Stars Wars) and Zach Braff (Garden State).


Product Details

  • Actors: Randi Kleiner, Maddy Weinstein, Kat Pogo, Nicole Doring, Robert Wright (XVII)
  • Directors: Alexandra Shiva
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MKXF1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stagedoor" on IMDb

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Tolle on August 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Stagedoor Manor is a theater camp in the Catskill Mountains and it becomes home to 250 kids each summer. Over a 3 week time period, they all attend varied classes that culminate with 12 full-scale productions. The final shows are for family, friends, and casting directors looking for new talent.

Each camper is cast in a show and additionally, some are chosen to perform in a talent contest and others in a cabaret with the latter category here being a highlight that many aspire to be a part of. The talents and skill levels are varied among all camp attendees but their shared passions for performance arts are universal among them all. Everyone is held to a high standard of professionalism and the work ethics are stringent but necessary to achieve the impressive results seen in their final performances.

Although 5 individual campers are examined in this documentary, it is also a broad look at the entire group of members here and their shared experiences. Many relate that this retreat from regular life is free from stigmas, cliques, peer pressures, and other stressors that they would normally find in school back home. Competition can be heavy at times and individual expectations are high but the rewards outweigh the difficulties.

Current superstars Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Felicity Huffman were all former members of Stagedoor Manor and this is a testament to the excellence of this facility and its dedicated staff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Scheller on February 2, 2009
Format: DVD
I thought the documentary was well done. I wish they would have done more at-home stuff with the kids they profiled the most to see how they interacted with their non-camp friends, but other than that it was pretty enjoyable. I thought it was perhaps a bit too short because we didnt really get to know anybody. It would have been interesting to have more about the coaches in there. It is definitely worth watching.
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By Rodney Varfley on April 30, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The concept was promising, but the filmmakers probably had a narrow window to work with and pieced together the footage as best they could.

The film follows five students at this private performing arts school...well at least that what the opening says the film will be doing but they didn't follow those five more than any other interviewee like parents and staff members.

The film First Position is similar but gave you a stronger sense as to who were the main characters. Both films, sadly, don't bring us deeper into the hearts and lives of these children like a film like Hoop Dreams or Heart of.the Game. There also didn't seem to be a climax like training for that one big performance that would rattle nerves and make futures.

If they had done this like the series Bug Juice, letting the story be told just by the children, it would have been great.
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