Summertime is camptime for many children, but for a select 150, the week-long break from their family and friends won't mean canoeing and horse-back riding. Instead, these young thespians, ranging in age from 10 to 17, will pack up their tap shoes and prepare for a grueling week of song and dance.
Camp Broadway, the New York City-based arts education program, will hold its annual summer camp Aug. 5-9. Workshops will take place at the Theatreworks USA space at Chelsea Studios.
Into the Woods will be specially featured at this year's camp. Lessons with the cast and crew will include professional make-up tips, transforming campers into witches and wolves, and a special lunch with 2002 Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti, Chad Kimball, Kerry O'Malley and Christopher Seiber.
Campers will also learn dance steps from Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Chicago, take mime and stage combat lessons from Bill Bowers and Rick Sordelet, learn mask-making traditions with The Lion King's Bill Hubner and physical comedy techniques from Forbidden Broadway's Mark-David Kaplan.
The highlight of the week is the Gyspy Showcase for which campers prepare 12 original musical parodies for a panel of celebrity judges. Sam Harris (The Producers), Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Hunter Foster (Urinetown) and Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!) will choose the best performances, during the Family Finale, an evening performance open to parents and friends of the campers. Camp Broadway, originally founded in 1996, limits its enrollment and costs $875. Some scholarships and financial assistance is available to accommodate individuals of all economic backgrounds. This year, the program has attracted participants from 28 states, along with international campers from Egypt, England, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
For more information about the program, contact Camp Broadway at (212) 575-2929 or visit their website at http://www.campbroadway.com.
— By Christine Ehren