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What is mainstages?

mainstages in an educational theater company for children. Wherever there is an opportunity to foster creativity, performance, and talent in kids, we're there.

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Virtual- Let mainstages entertain your community - ONLINE!

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In these ever-changing times, society is full of people forced to stay at home, desperately in need of social interaction, a way to engage kids, and a LAUGH!

As a theater and entertainment company that has a network of talented Performers nationwide, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the FUN social experiences that so many people need right now. Our performers are equipped with engaging personalities and the skills to command people’s attention and engage them in virtual fun.

By creating interactive, virtual experiences, we are giving people the ability to feel socially connected with others at a time when they need it more than ever.

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Performances- Adult Performers traveling across America performing FOR children.

We have over 30 different shows including interactive performances for youngsters, game shows for large crowds, mystery shows (which are like a real-life game of Clue), Jewish shows, and just about every custom experience that you can think of (we even perform in French!) Performances are intended for Business to Business use. You give us the kids and space to perform and we take care of the rest!

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Programming- Adult Teaching Artists producing and directing shows in which CHILDREN perform.

We run theater programs and produce shows at sleep-away and day camps across the nation during the summer. Throughout the year we implement afterschool programs in the NYS tri-state area. We provide all the tools for theater productions with kids including dynamic scripts, costumes, backdrops, giveaways and ongoing support to ensure success. Programming is also Business to Business. We are an approved vendor with NYS Board of Ed, Nassau BOCES, and an American Camp Association Business Affiliate.

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Core Values

At mainstages, the following educational principles drive our work:

Improvisation

At the essence of improv is the term “yes, and.” We take reality as it presents itself, and make something from that moment, using positivity and creative problem solving. We have to be innovative, adaptable, and creative in discovering solutions to life’s problems.

Connection

When we bring groups together in a way that focuses on similarities, we tap into the experiences that lift us up when we are together in person. We think of it like the applause that comes at the end of the show - a palpable sense of celebration that comes from the recognition of group collaboration.

Character

How you respond when your back's up against the wall is what defines you. We look inside of ourselves and summon the inner strength that comes from accessing our emotions. For kids, that means checking in often and communicating our feelings in a way that allows us to be more present.

Imagination

Theater has always offered the opportunity to escape reality and see the world from a different perspective. Now is the time to transport people from the present to a world of new adventures, while never resting on our laurels and always innovating.