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Take a Look Behind the Scenes of Frenchwoods Performing Arts Summer Camp
by BWW News Desk - March 6, 2020

French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp, offering programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more.
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by BWW News Desk - March 9, 2020

Over the last 50 years, French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts has become famous for its summer programs in music, theater, dance and the performing arts.  The bedrock of the program is an all-encompassing schedule of  80 theater productions, including shows that are fresh off Broadway, along with other favorites, classics, and forgotten jewels from the last century of musical theater. On top of that, Broadway stars, professional musicians, conductors, composers and playwrights as well as members of internationally recognized orchestras will visit French Woods during the summer and offer their mastery as coaches to the campers. Additionally, the instrumental program collaborates with the theater program with the use of live full orchestrations for the musicals. This raises the quality of the performance as well as the experience for performers and their audiences.
BWW Exclusive: French Woods to Partner with Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orch PhotoBWW Exclusive: French Woods to Partner with Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for Concert with Andrea Burns, Caesar Samayoa, Campers
by BWW News Desk - April 26, 2019

The French Woods Music Department is excited to announce its latest collaboration. Members of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will join our French Woods Orchestra and Maestro Douglas Droste along with singers Andrea Burns and Caesar Samayoa in a special side by side concert on June 18th.
Photo Coverage: Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Christopher Johnstone & French Woods in Side By Side 2017
by Stephen Sorokoff - August 19, 2017

It was one of the most memorable nights of music ever heard in the Pavilion at the legendary French Woods, the French Woods Symphony Orchestra of 62 camp musicians was augmented by 15 Staff members and 15 members of The New York Pops under the baton of Maestro Steven Reineke, music director and conductor of The New York Pops.
Photo Coverage: Jason Robert Brown Performs At French Woods
by Stephen Sorokoff - August 18, 2017

No, not in the 1980's when he was a teenage camper.  It happened last night in the Pavilion at French Woods, whose stage has been the spawning ground for many of the actors and musicians who subsequently went on to Broadway.  Ron Schaefer the founder and owner of the camp didn't need to introduce Jason by listing his credits.  The 500 plus campers who filled every inch of space in the Pavilion were very familiar with Jason's work. The cheers and squeals when he appeared on the stage indicated he is one of their musical theatre heros.  Not only did they mouth the words while he was singing and playing the piano, at times Jason pointed to them and the campers responded by singing the next lyric. Some of them surrounding us were even supplying his complicated harmonies as back up.  This was some fantastic bit of spontaneous  sing-a-long, unlike any I've ever heard at a concert.
Theater Critic at Theater Camp: A Return Visit to French Woods
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2017

How do you take hundreds of kids (ages 7 to 17) and put up over a dozen shows (mostly musicals, plus a few plays) in as little as three weeks, with rehearsals limited to maybe just 12 or 13 days, with all or most of the cast rehearsing just slightly more than two hours each day, and many campers working on multiple shows at once? And I'm talking about completely staged shows with full production values, including sets, lighting, sound, costumes and live orchestras. Not only that, imagine repeating this same frenzied process four times over the course of a single summer.
Photo Flash: Laura Osnes and Max von Essen Join New York Pops at French Woods Summer Camp
by BWW News Desk - August 28, 2015

Esteemed conductor, Steven Reineke, and the New York Pops Symphony played a private concert for the campers of French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts. Scroll down for photos, featuring Max von Essen and Laura Osnes!
Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes, Max Von Essen, and Steven Reineke Rehearse at French Woods Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - August 22, 2015

Brian Worsdale the Artistic Director and Conductor of the French Woods Symphony Orchestra invited his buddy Steven Reineke, musical director and conductor of The New York Pops to bring some friends to share a day of music at summer camp and visit French Woods Festival. As usual, BroadwayWorld also came to camp. Check out photos from the event below!
Photo Flash: Camp Alum Andrea Burns Visits French Woods Festival
by BWW News Desk - August 4, 2015

?Broadway star and recording artist Andrea Burns returned to her childhood summer camp, French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts. Burns' return to camp was celebrated with a one night only concert of her famed roles and inspiring stories from her days at camp; accompanied by Mark Fifer. Scroll down for photos!
Photo Flash: Mandy Gonzalez & Seth Rudetsky Perform at French Woods Festival Summer Camp
by BWW News Desk - July 10, 2015

Sirius XM Radio host & Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky paid a visit to renowned Catskill theater camp French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts this week. Broadway's Mandy Gonzalez joined Seth for an evening full of backstage stories and songs from her Broadway repertoire including Wicked & In The Heights.
Photo Flash: Christine Pedi Performs at French Woods Festival for The Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2013

Christine Pedi performed recently at French Woods Summer camp for a one night concert. With Michael Martin Ward at the piano, Pedi sang all her famous tunes. Christine Pedi has a long association with the satirical revue Forbidden Broadway and a Drama Desk nomination for Forbidden Hollywood, having played both shows in New York, London and around the world.
Photo Flash: Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe Perform THE LAST FIVE YEARS Concert at French Woods
by BWW News Desk - July 9, 2013

THE LAST FIVE YEARS cast members Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe performed a concert version of the show at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts this week. Written by former camper, Jason Robert Brown, the cast performed their recent Off-Broadway hit at camp with Matt Gallagher at the piano. Scroll down for photos from the concert!