What’s New With U?: Week 1

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What’s New With U? – Week One

Curtain up. Light the lights. Bang the gong. Welcome to Usdan’s 50thAnniversary season.

This week, buses rolled in and camp got underway. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones cultivated. The new “U” was unveiled (Ice cream!), and we were abuzz with creativity and community.  Our Music Department played us into the season as part of the Opening Ceremony, and we welcomed the summer’s first Festival performers to the stage. The Joelle Lurie Quartet scatted their way to our hearts and sparked a spontaneous dance party in the process. The Limón Dance Company floated from the McKinley Amphitheater to the dance studios for a talkback with students. The Mayhem Poets took us on a lyrical adventure, and Sole Defined electrified everyone with their high-energy performance.

Now check out some sights and sounds from campus this week.

Here’s Looking at U

 

#50YearsOf U: A Peek Into the Archives

The Usdan Festival has been a camp tradition since we opened our gates in 1968. The first season included an amazing group of talent, including the then 11-year-old cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the American Brass Quintet; violinist Mark Kaplan; jazz musician Billy Taylor; dancer Jacques D’Amboise; as well as noted pianists Eugene List and William Masselos. Over the last 50 years, many other well-known and emerging artists have graced the stage on campus including singer Jane Monheit; the Tokyo String Quartet; Puppet Kitchen; musician Lisa Bielawa; Pilobolus; the Martha Graham Dance Company; and jazz legend Jimmy Heath as well as countless cast members from Broadway shows including Shrek, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Anything Goes, and more.

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Check out this new Rainbow U hat – new to the Usdan Store! You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at the camp.


Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

It’s National Ice Cream Month!  Get set for fireworks during our second week as more exciting talent takes the Festival stage including Mariachi Flor De Toloache, an all-woman mariachi band. We’ll get a break in the middle of the week for July 4th festivities. Comedy troupe Parallel Exit rounds out the week. Full performance calendar below:

Monday, July 2
Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Tuesday, July 3
Festival Performance – Faculty
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Wednesday, July 4
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Camp closed

Thursday, July 5
Festival Performance – Student
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 6
Festival Performance – Artist
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM
Parallel Exit

Administration Corner

Don’t forget  – All students must be signed in if they do not take the bus in the morning, and signed out if they are taken home by a parent.  Please visit the  Administration Building with valid ID to sign in or out.  Please bring your parent pass with you.  If you are coming to camp without a parent pass, please call ahead to be put on the security list. If you need your child brought to the office before the 3:05 dismissal, please email us at questions@usdan.org or call 631-643-7900.  We require an hour notice if you need your child retrieved from a class.

Join us for our 50th Anniversary Gala on July 19. Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours now.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

What was your child’s favorite moment from Week One? Let us know at tellus@usdan.org.

Giving Campers a Seat at the Table: The Camper Curatorial Council

Jonathan Schmidt Chapman, Artistic Director, Usdan Festival


How does the Usdan Festival get curated and produced? A group of Usdan campers recently found out at the first-ever Camper Curatorial Council meeting. Every year, Usdan offers a range of live performances for campers to experience alongside their hands-on art-making. These performances include a diverse, multi-disciplinary range of professional artists representing the best in theatre, dance, and music. But with a limited number of dates, and a wide range of styles to introduce, how does the Usdan Festival roster get chosen?

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