This summer, get the kids out of the house and onto the stage. Camp Broadway, the premiere performing arts program for children aged 10-17, is now accepting applications for its sixth annual summer session. The week-long program, taking place in New York City, will last from Monday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 10, 2001.
Camp Broadway is designed to introduce young folk to "the tradition and history of the theatre," says Lesley Mazzotta, a Camp Broadway spokesperson. The program offers training classes in acting, solo and ensemble singing, improvisation, movement and dance. Guest artists from Broadway also offer their expertise by instructing special sessions in tap, physical comedy, theatrical makeup, mask-making and rhythm.
Participants learn about Broadway through a number of planned activities, including a trip to the Broadway production of 42nd Street, a backstage tour of a working theatre and "Family Night" at Blast!, another current Broadway show. Daily visits to Camp Broadway's Stage Door Canteen will provide campers with both lunch and the opportunity to meet with and speak to professional Broadway actors. In addition, campers are invited to "A Salute to Singin' and Dancin' Kids", a celebrity luncheon that is attended by many child actors working on Broadway.
Taught by theatre professionals, Camp Broadway classes take place daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The program concludes with "The Family Finale," a two-part performance of skits and musical theatre numbers performed for the families of participants to showcase what they have learned throughout the program.
A passion for the performing arts is the only pre-requisite for the program. Enrollment, however, is limited to 100 students, and applications are accepted as they are received. According to Mazzotta, there are approximately 15 spots still available, as well as a waiting list. The cost of the program is $875. Some scholarships are also available. In addition to the NYC program, Camp Broadway will be visiting six other cities this summer. The tour starts this June in Tempe, AZ, and continues on to Jacksonville, FL, Buffalo, NY, Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, and Providence, RI. For more information on the program, contact Camp Broadway at (212) 575-2929 or visit their website at www.campbroadway.com.
-- by Esther Sapan