Give My Regards to Camp Broadway


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Attention young Broadway lovers! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a Broadway show? Well Camp Broadway may spark some interest for you.

Camp Broadway is exactly what it sounds like – a Broadway boot camp. Currently in its 17th season, Camp Broadway has served as a way for kids between the ages of 11 and 17 to learn about the theatre world, and as a way for young talent to discover themselves. The camp lasts five days, Monday to Friday, and on Friday night, the campers showcase what they’ve learned in the form of “gypsy showcases”, two feature shows, and a spectacular finale.

Started in 1995, Camp Broadway began as a program dedicated to self-discovery through the arts. Seventeen seasons later, the camp is a leader in the musical theatre world. It is a recipient of the Ovation Award for Excellence from the Educational Theatre Association, boasts staff with Broadway and Hollywood credits, and participates in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade yearly. Started in New York, NY, the camp is now worldwide, and has enabled children everywhere to the dramatic arts.

A normal week for a Camp Broadway camper is hectic. They begin almost immediately on Monday, handing out scripts and casting roles. From then on, campers are led through vocal, dance, and acting workshops all through the week in preparation for the big performance. There may be guest speakers, and they all have one message: the fine arts is important to a child’s education. For some cities, Camp Broadway tuition covers the cost of a show that is doing a national tour, and offer a ticket to a parent. From this, campers learn about proper theatre etiquette. Thursday and Fridays are the craziest days for campers, as the show is literally hours away. Thursdays are for run-throughs and finishing touches, and Fridays are for rehearsals until the big show.

While the camp may be pricey (the New York session is +$1000, yikes!), some hosting theatres and local fine arts foundations offer scholarships and hold contests for potential students to win to lessen the cost. However, if Camp Broadway does not come to your state, be aware that they are not a “sleep-away” camp, and you may have to pay for a hotel. Prices vary by region, and interested parents and potential campers should check with their local theatre.

Even though the cost may be steep and the weeks may be hectic, in the end, it’s all worth it. I am a Camp Broadway alumnus; I attended in 2005 and 2006. In just five days, you learn so much from industry professionals, and not just about musical theatre. The things that you learn at camp – the singing, dancing, acting – all teach you confidence and how important it is to be confident in order to succeed. Whether you were good or bad, the point is that you did something worth being proud of, and that’s something that no one can take away. (And how many people can say that they’ve sat in Melba Moore’s sound check?) Camp Broadway is an amazing experience, whether from a camper’s or viewer’s perspective, and in my opinion, it’s worth every cent.

Check to see if Camp Broadway is coming to a city near you here.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the love, Carina!!

    • Carina Browder says:

      No problem! You guys do such a great job every year, and seeing that from a viewer’s perspective this year made me appreciative of what the camp did for me in middle school.

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