Entertainment Weekly - 03/30/2007
"This touching documentary follows teens with Broadway dreams....The film does best when focusing on a select few..." -- Grade: B
Description by OLDIES.com:
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).
Nestled into the Catskill mountains, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center serves as a summertime haven for aspiring teenage actors, singers, and dancers. Often feeling "different" from their peers during the rest of the year, these Broadway hopefuls flock to Stagedoor for the creative solace it provides. Directed by Alexandra Shiva, this documentary explores the unique experience that Stagedoor offers and examines how important it is for young people to feel they belong, even if that feeling only comes around once a year.