This Isn't Camp.
Over fourteen unforgettable summers, SSTI's nationally ranked summer musical theatre intensive has changed the course of countless lives. In addition to preparing students for a career in musical theatre, SSTI's greater mission is the shaping of young professionals and outstanding humans.
At SSTI, it's about Careers, not Camps.
SSTI's Summer Musical Theatre Intensive
Each session of SSTI is centered around the production of a professional musical, crafted on a larger scale than most of our students have ever experienced.
After being accepted into SSTI (in late Spring), a series of video callbacks are issued to allow our staff to cast the session's musical. This means, unlike all other summer programs, our auditions are not held on site. This not only allows for a higher quality production experience, but it also prevents immediate competition upon arrival. No professional performer shows up on the first day of rehearsal to find out their role. That's camp. This Isn't Camp.
Over the next three weeks, our performers are put to task by our professional team of directors, choreographers and musical directors. With eight hour rehearsal days, six days a week, the process moves quickly and it isn't for the faint of heart. Beyond rehearsals, our cast is called for photoshoots, television appearances, and social media assignments.
Read on to see how our students are also getting prepared in the classroom for life after high school and SSTI...
Forget what you know about 'camp shows'.
At SSTI, our students arrive off-book, and immediately enter three weeks of rehearsal for a musical designed and crafted by New York professionals just for the students of SSTI and excited local audiences. The shows, sometimes double cast, provide an eye-opening experience for our performers about the expectations and realities of the life of a working actor.
Every student at SSTI, from youngest to oldest, has a desire to pursue musical theatre in college. SSTI insures that professors from the top universities attend each session to coach audition material and answer the students' many questions. In 2022, we will add some of these outstanding teachers to our directorial staff, an opportunity for three weeks of hands on work crafting a musical with the best in the academic world.
At SSTI, family is key. This bond is what makes SSTI stand out in the hearts of alumni for a lifetime. It's also created by SSTI's dedication to small sessions. By only accepting the number of students per session who would be professionally cast in the musical, it allows every student the opportunity for hands on work with our staff, coachings with our guests, and to play a part in the creation of this musical.
From our Tony-winning guest artists, to the professionals from top universities and Broadway who work with our students on a daily basis, we carefully select the most outstanding teachers and humans to work with our aspiring professionals. Our staff is extraordinary in their talent and abilities, but most importantly they possess the nurturing spirit to inspire and ignite it within others.
Regardless of age, students at SSTI are tasked with rising above the expectations of a 'standard' teenager. We prepare our students for college (and life) by raising the stakes, off-stage as well. Each student takes part in the weekly grocery shopping trip, managing meal prep, doing their own laundry, waking up on time, and learning how to responsibly manage technology at home and in a workplace environment.