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Step It Up Performing Arts ~ Summer Stage (formerly Hudson Valley Summer Stage), Cornwall’s premier musical theatre summer program, was founded in 2010 by Karen Ustick Eremin. It was Eremin’s intention to produce full length musical titles that might not ordinarily be performed on local school stages, due to cast size or content. Since its hugely successful inaugural production of the touching and joyful Jason Robert Brown musical “13”, Summer Stage has produced Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Hairspray, the first local production of Shrek, The Musical, and the rarely performed Duncan Sheik-composed pop/rock musical Spring Awakening, Elf, School of Rock, The Drowsy Chaperone, Into the Woods and The Addams Family.
What is most impressive to audiences in every Summer Stage show is the presence of a full, live orchestra. This addition elevates the production value, already exceedingly high for a two-week program, to an exceptional level. Summer Stage alumnae are unanimous: few theatre experiences compare with the fun and reward this intense experience provides.