WHAT IS SUMMER STOCK
A LITTLE HISTORY
The American tradition of “summer stock” theatre started over a hundred years ago when young performers would travel the country during the summer months, setting up makeshift stages in tents, barns, and outdoor spaces to put up musicals.
While mastering their craft, these theatrical companies would frequently use stock sceneries and costumes to tell stories to rural communities around the United States, spreading their songs far and wide!
Many beloved stars of the 20th and 21st century experienced their humble beginnings upon these moving stages, inspiring such movies as “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn,” and of course the Judy Garland classic “Summer Stock.”
We here at Little Barn want to keep tradition alive while nurturing the artists of tomorrow in an authentic summer stock setting!
Performing in the fresh air of the Hamptons brings inspiration to every performer, as city dwellers and farm folk alike flock to this artistic haven.
The Hayground Camp is the perfect setting for Little Barn to take center stage, as we full-heartedly believe in creating a kind, supportive, and eco-friendly community for these budding artists to blossom.
SUMMER STOCK AT LITTLE BARN
Currently our Little Barn Summer Stock program for the children of the Hamptons is in our beautiful dance tent at Bridgehampton (Hayground).
Our goal is to build a beautiful, playful and charming children’s Summer Stock dance Barn on the stunning and breezy Hayground campus for summer classes and performances with our own stock of tutus, top hats, tap shoes and sparkly accessories to go with our basic black uniform.
We also created a company summer stock jacket, all summer stock students are eligible to buy and wear proudly with their accomplishment patches.
We are currently an activity at Hayground Camp in the mornings but for the more serious dancer, singer actors that choose to spend the long summer days diving into the world of theatre and dance, we offer and recommend our 3 to 5pm summer stock specialty camps. This includes a daily practice of dance, tap, singing, acting and rehearsals for our bi-monthly series of shows.
This is for ages 5-13 to participate in 2 weeks, 4 weeks or the full 8 week session.
We are a year round program.
Registration opens on April 1st!
Spaces are limited!