Summer Stage

Get in on the act with Riverdale’s premier theater arts intensive camp. Develop creatively and take an active role in performing and designing a full-scale musical theater production in a collaborative, experiential environment. Industry professionals lead master classes and interactive workshops.

There are two Summer Stage sessions. Join us for one or both!

Each session will produced a fully staged, Broadway musical.

Session 1: June 27 – July 19
Session 2: July 22 – August 9

All new and returning families will be required to audition or interview

You have one last early registration window before Summer Stage is full price

Save up to $150 with early bird registration with the following codes when you register by April 15:

For the full summer, use SSFSAPR
For half summer, use SSHSAPR

Summer Stage Tracks

Little Stars at Summer Stage
1st & 2nd Grade

Little Stars is a specialized program for our youngest performers, first and second graders. Performers will have fun, full days packed with classes in voice, movement, and theater games; along with rehearsing their original mini-musical! Students will be exposed to theater techniques through play and fun, resulting in confidence and skill development while expanding their creativity and imagination. Special attention will be paid to each child’s growth throughout the program. The culminating mini-musical performance will be open to family and friends on our main stage!

Musical Theatre Intensive
3rd – 9th Grade

Participants will audition, rehearse, and perform a full scale musical in each three-week session. This advanced track integrates training with rehearsals for a project-based learning experience, ensuring that all will be simultaneously preparing for performance as well as enhancing their skills.

Musical Theater Studio
3rd – 9th Grade

Participants will have the opportunity to further develop their skills in all aspects of musical theatre performance by taking classes in acting, voice, and dance as well as preparing for an end-of-session Musical Revue. This track is geared towards those who want to focus on developing their skills in preparation for more advanced projects in the future. Our Musical Theatre Revue track offers a little bit of everything – some training workshops as well as some performance experience!

Please note that participation in Musical Theatre is by audition only. All Musical Theatre participants will audition and be placed in either Intensive or Studio.

Need-Based & Artistic Scholarships are available.  If interested, please contact

Our Summer Productions


13 Jr.


The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition

Our Staff

Amanda Eastman, Director

Amanda Eastman has been directing Junior Rising Stars and Little Stars for the last four years and she is excited to take on Summer Stage. She is an accomplished and established theater director, educator and performer, who is passionate about theater education. Amanda enjoys working with children to help them find their self-confidence and voice through theater arts. Originally from Northern Vermont, Amanda now lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx with her husband and young son.  She holds a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University and a MALS degree from Dartmouth College.  Amanda has worked full time in a variety of independent and private schools teaching and directing theater, spending fourteen years at the Riverdale Country School, in Bronx NY.  Some of her favorite shows she directed with the Junior Rising Stars are Frozen, Matilda, Annie and Sister Act.  

Katie Adams, Assistant Director

A Pittsburgh native, is thrilled to be working with the talented young actors at Riverdale Rising Stars! Selected performance credits – Broadway: Wicked (Glinda Standby 200+ performances).  1st National Tours: Wicked (Glinda Standby), Urinetown (Soupy Sue), Grease (Marty).  Off-Broadway: Vanities, Second Stage; Henry Sweet Henry (Gil), York Theatre; Cam Jansen, Lamb’s Theatre. TV/Film: A Very Wicked Halloween-Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway (Glindas) NBC; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (“One Short Day” performance) NBC.   Graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Selected teaching credits- Musical Theater Faculty at both New York Film Academy as well as The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.  Also received a double masters degree in Early Childhood General Education/Special Education. Forever grateful for my Joe and delicious girls Ellie and Gracie.  We are lucky to be here, so let’s play!

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