ABOUT SUMMER STAGE
Summer Stage is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization (non profit) serving the young people and families of southwest Virginia and northwestern North Carolina. These rising stars gather each summer to make lifelong friends, develop their talents, and perform for their community.
Mission Statement To develop the creativity and leadership skills of youth through outstanding theater performances for the community.
Summer Stage introduces young people (ages 9-18) to the infectious joy of the performing arts! Young actors have the opportunity to study with seasoned theater professionals in a nurturing environment as they develop skills through theater games and hands-on activities. At Summer Stage the young people do it all–from designing and painting sets, props, and costumes to running the box office and lights. Young Actors will find their artistic voice and develop self-confidence as they sing, dance, act, create hilarious improvisations, tell stories, and perform for friends, family, and the community.
Leadership and Board
Vicky Town (Executive Director) is a storyteller, director, choreographer, and playwright with over 40 years of arts education experience. She is the winner of three Parents’ Choice Awards
Young Directors Series
Dylan Link is a 2022 graduate of the Grayson County High School music program and has appeared in Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Lion King, Jr. Last season he worked as an intern at Summer Stage polishing Head in the Game and appearing as Zeke in Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. Dylan says he is excited to direct the children’s theatre play and help with our Main Stage musical!
Gavin Stewart has appeared in multiple musicals at Grayson County High School including Beauty and the Beast Jr., A Broadway Review, and Lion King Jr. He has worked with some of the top composers including Andrea Ramsey as well as singing with the most advanced musical prodigies in multiple state level choirs. Gavin has performed with Summer Stage since 2018 appearing in Wonka Kids, Music Man Jr., and Disney’s High School Musical Jr. “Music is my passion and has been for as long as I can remember! I have a lot to learn but I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with the company this summer!”
Donovan Thompson has wanted to be an actor ever since appearing as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Simba in Lion King Jr. at Grayson County High School. He is an accomplished athlete competing as a tennis player and football player at school. Donovan joined Summer Stage in 2019 appearing as Marcellus in Music Man Jr. Last season he helped run lights and assisted with set design for Disney’s High School Musical Jr. “It is a dream to take part in directing the children’s theatre show and assisting with the Main Stage musical for the 2022 season at Summer Stage. I know this experience will help me grow as a theatre artist!”
Our Board of Directors and Friends of Summer Stage are visionaries who understand non-profit governance and raise funds to drive the organization and help offer programs free-of-charge or at low cost for the community