This article is sponsored by Taubenslag Productions.
For over five decades, the Taubenslag family has been introducing New Jersey kids to the wonderful world of performing arts. What began as a children’s theater company has expanded to include numerous programs; for example, Taubenslag Productions now offers a THEATERWEEK workshop and a national, award-winning Theater Camp.
From putting on shows to teaching kids the tricks of the trade, there’s no end to the benefits of attending; personal success and confidence are just the start of what a summer spent at Taubenslag Productions’ Theater Camp can do.
Elliot Taubenslag founded Taubenslag Productions in 1964 and ran the program for 50 years. Eventually, it was handed off to his son, Michael, who established the current Theater Camp program.
“I learned everything from my father, I’ll be the first to admit that,” Michael Taubenslag shared with Best of NJ.
The summer camp, which is based at Middlesex County College, has been running strong for 29 years. “The first year, I’m going to say we had maybe 45 kids in the shows,” Taubenslag explained. “Now we have over 200.”
Taubenslag Productions Provides a Theater Camp for NJ Kids
The Theater Camp produces seven shows in 8 weeks, with a role for every child. The performances are based on popular fairytales, with interesting twists written by Elliot or Michael.
During sessions one and two, campers rehearse Monday through Thursday and perform that week’s show twice on Friday. During session three, the kids rehearse for two weeks for the Broadway Spectacular, which is held on the last day of camp.
Though the size of the program has changed, the Taubenslag’s main goal has stayed the same. Their hope is that each and every child leaves camp feeling more confident than they were before.
“I’m really here now about building self-esteem,” Taubenslag said. “And I stress to the counselors to make sure every child feels they are successful. Whatever talent they have, we try to pull out.”
Moreover, this encouragement stays with campers throughout every stage of their lives.
“[Former campers] have written me letters saying ‘you have no idea how the training of camp helped me get this job.’ I hear it all the time,” shared Taubenslag.
One of the keys to this character building is the supportive environment that campers find at Theater Camp. Rather than competing for roles, the kids encourage one another to be the best they possibly can. In fact, the focus is on working together to put on an incredible show; it’s not about the individual success of a single performer.
There’s also a place for kids who may not be comfortable in the spotlight. Behind the scenes work such as sewing, painting and other tech roles are available under trained supervisors.
The Benefits of Theater Camp
The Taubenslag’s work each year to ensure that Theater Camp is a positive, inspiring experience for all.
“The biggest thing I can say about our camp is kids stay,” Taubenslag shared. “I never lose kids to go to other day camps. They stay with us.”
As a result, Taubenslag Productions offers a safe and fun outlet for children to be creative and build confidence. These feelings stay with them throughout their lives.
For more information about the Taubenslag Productions Theater Camp program, visit the official website.