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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.
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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This is really a missed opportunity. The idea is solid and there have been some really great "behind the scenes" documentaries like First Position, and theatrical movies... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Miller
This movie offers an interesting sneak peek of the musical theater world! Great movie! The songs get stuck in my head!Published on April 25, 2014 by Kristen Cantrell