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An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production

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An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 2:00PM & 6:00PM
Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 2:00PM
General Admission
$12 in advance
$14 at the door (pending availability)
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Content Warning: This show is most appropriate for ages 13 and up. Full content advisory is listed below

Run Time: Approximately 100 minutes (includes 10-minute intermission)

The Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s Actor's Studio camp presents Songs for a New World.


It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

SYT's Actor's Studio camps are for rising 10th-12th graders. These camps teach advanced theatre techniques and provide essential training for young actors interested in pursuing a professional theatre career. Actors in this camp rehearse and produce a full-length musical in just 3 weeks.

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This show is most appropriate for ages 13 and up, and contains mature themes.


  • In “On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship,” the singers pray to the Lord.

  • In “Just One Step,” the singer says that she would be “the mother of your children splattered across Fifth Avenue in a bloody heap.”

  • In “River Won't Flow,” the singer states “It’s all luck, It’s just luck that decides between the noose and the knife,” 

  • In “The Stars and the Moon,” the singer quickly mentions that a man told her that he would give her “nights of passion.”

  • In “She Cries,” the singer says that he will “never be more than her toy of the week” about his partner.

  • In “The World Was Dancing,” one of the singers calls a car a “piece of crap.” 

  • In “Surabaya-Santa,” Mrs. Claus says “Please, I’m your wife, dammit.” She calls Santa fat. She says “Well, who died and left you God, Mr. Claus?” 


Themes and Situations

  • The overall themes of Songs for a New World are discovery, decision making, new beginnings, hope, faith, loss,  and perseverance in the face of hardships. 

  • In “On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship,” the singers ask God why they are suffering, afraid, and hungry.

  • In “Just One Step,” the singer threatens her partner with suicide if she doesn’t get what she wants. In the song she climbs onto a window ledge and almost slips and falls, and she eventually steps away from the ledge. 

  • In “River Won’t Flow,” the singer states that no matter how hard you work in life, anything good that happens is just luck. 

  • In “The World Was Dancing,” the singer admits that he cheated on his partner. He also leaves her on the eve of their wedding. 

  • In “Surabaya-Santa,” Mrs. Claus leaves Mr. Claus.

  • In “King of the World,” the singer laments that he is now imprisoned and longs to be free like he once was.

  • In “Flagmaker,” the singer sings about the world around her falling apart during the Revolutionary War, but she makes a flag to hold onto hope.

  • In “ Flying Home,” the singer has died and is on his way to heaven. 


Potential Scary Moments

  • In “Just One Step,” the singer has a moment when they slip and almost fall off the ledge.

  • In “The Steam Train,” the singer says that his father set fire to their apartment and then took them outside and made them watch it burn down. He also states that out of the twelve boys in his fifth grade class, four of them are in jail, six of them are dead, and one works at a donut shop.

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