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The Oscars were this past Sunday and while it lacked some of the “drama” of past years, it certainly did not lack any female firepower both in their performances on the screen and from those accepting awards on the stage. It was equally awesome to see a female director nominated, the first in many years, and the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography.

More than anything, for the actors, those behind the scenes, and certainly for us, the audience, we are reminded of the transcendent power of performance. And we could not be more excited to watch this unfold through our own theater program this summer.

For some, getting on stage feels completely natural. For most, it’s downright terrifying. But, as with so many moments where a child might think “I’ve never done that before,” or “What if I am not good at it?,” Somerset is the safe place where every camper will feel wrapped in support and empowered to “go for it.”

Few things are as impactful on a child’s development as participation in a live performance. There is increased self-confidence and growth from taking a risk, discipline required to memorize lines, and collaboration required for a successful ensemble performance. Even participation as an audience member allows for the development of social skills required to be a kind and supportive recipient of someone else’s talent and efforts.

More than anything, theater at Somerset should be a fun and a rewarding experience for everyone, whether a camper is performing on stage, helping out behind the scenes, or cheering on her friends from the audience.

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED! The 2018 Somerset Stage season includes Annie and Wicked!