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What is Summer Stock?

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What is Summer Stock?#0
Posted: 6/4/03 at 1:01am
Is there a definition of "Summer Stock" productions? Is it somehow tied into Broadway, or can it relate to any regional theatre's offering during the summer anywhere in the country?
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re: What is Summer Stock?#1
Posted: 6/4/03 at 1:18am
Summer Stock are the shows that we actors do and people go to strictly in the summer. Basically Summer Seasons, or such, were people generally go away from home to work in the summer.

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re: re: What is Summer Stock?#2
Posted: 6/4/03 at 2:46am
Thank you, Stevos, your description is very helpful!
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re: re: re: What is Summer Stock?#3
Posted: 6/4/03 at 7:47am
In the old days before air conditioning, Broadway used to shut down in the summer. So the actors left NY and went to small towns to do theater. Summer stock grew out of this and the term refers to all those theater companies that have summer schedules. Many companies do musicals in a very hasty fashion. Usually two weeks of rehearsal which is very fast and furious.

The term now applies to any theater that has a summer schedule, but especially to all those small theaters in barns, schools and town halls that only do a summer schedule.
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