5 Reasons to Attend Camp Broadway, As Told By Camper Emma Suttell

Hi all! It’s Emma again, one of your Camp Broadway bloggers. Today, I’m bringing you something that you might’ve not seen before- my experience at Camp Broadway. In 2016, I went to Camp Broadway ON TOUR in Tempe, Arizona, at ASU Gammage and I had the best week of my summer, by far! I’m going to be sharing with you my Top 5 Reasons to attend Camp Broadway this summer, because let’s be clear, if you go to CB, you won’t regret it!

1. Perform in a spectacular showcase!

One of my favorite parts of camp was getting to perform at the end of the week for the Family Finale. Not only did my group get to perform selections from one of my favorite musicals, Legally Blonde, but we got to perform at the Galvin Playhouse, a college theatre. I’ve heard that if you attend CB in New York City, you get to perform in an off-Broadway theatre- what’s cooler than that?

2. See a professional show!

During your time at Camp Broadway, you’ll get to see your talent in the real world onstage! You’ll get the amazing opportunity to go see a show with professional actors, and trust me, there’s nothing quite like watching your dream play out onstage.

 

3. Experience exclusive opportunities you won’t find anywhere else!

 

When I attended Camp Broadway, I had the amazing opportunity to eat lunch with the touring cast of Newsies and ask them some questions. In fact, I still use my backpack that is signed by the Newsies themselves! At one year of Camp Broadway, campers got to meet several child actors that are on the Great White Way nightly. Camp Broadway truly gives you experiences that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

4. Learn from some of the best around!

Not only does Camp Broadway do an amazing job planning unique and exclusive events throughout the week, but the fun doesn’t stop even for a minute. You’re always getting to learn from some of the best professionals in the industry; from vocal coaches to choreographers, you can be sure that you’re in good hands at Camp Broadway.

5. Meet lifelong friends!

Believe it or not, I am still in touch with many of my friends from Camp Broadway! Even though we only got to know each other for a week, Camp Broadway helped us break-the-ice right away. We all got to bond, sing, dance, and play together all week, and the girls that were in my group (Let’s go, Nederlanders!) have become some of my best friends.

If you’re even thinking about going to Camp Broadway this summer, be sure to show this post to your parents to get them thinking about camp! We’d love to have you there with us. Are you going to camp this summer? Comment below, I love hearing when someone is excited to go to Camp Broadway for the first time or even when they’re coming back for a fifth year! Until you go, I promise you’ve never experienced anything like it. Give it a try this summer, and you’ll have the best week of your summer! Until next time Camp Broadway!

 

 

 

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An Interview with A CHORUS LINE Cast Member Ryan Koerber

When he was only a high-schooler, Ryan Koerber made his Broadway debut- but his mainstage performances didn’t stop there. After taking home the Roger Rees Award, (previously called The Gershwin Award), an award presented to one male and one female high school student each year in New York, Ryan’s life took a turn as he stepped onstage for the 2015 Jimmy Awards. The program gave him the opportunity to participate in an incredible training experience that led him to his current career as a performer, and currently, a cast member in the national touring cast of A Chorus Line. I had the incredible opportunity to interview Ryan about his experience with the cast of A Chorus Line, and some of the other life-changing experiences he’s been able to take part in because of his career.

“Not only did it open up doors for career opportunities, it allowed me to personally confirm that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life” says Ryan, “It was an experience that I will never forget, and I love seeing it continue to impact the lives of others.”

EMMA: What has your experience with A Chorus Line been like so far?

KOERBER: A Chorus Line has made me grow more and more every day as a person and performer. Getting the opportunity to learn the show from Baayork Lee has been a blessing like no other. It is an honor to go onstage every night and carry out the legacy Michael Bennett began in 1975. Touring can be quite the challenge, especially when you are dealing with a show that is this physically demanding. When you are constantly sitting on buses or planes, going from city to city on a tight schedule, it can be challenging to keep your body healthy and prevent injury. It is vitally important to be cautious at all times and be kind to your well being. Some of my favorite moments in A Chorus Line are the iconic “headshot charge line,” dancing the Montage Four sequence in “Hello, Twelve. Hello Thirteen…,” singing “What I Did For Love” with the company, and of course dancing the iconic finale when the starburst walls appear.

A picture from Ryan’s performance at the Jimmy Awards

While touring the country, Ryan has admired one audience after the next. He says that the energy and responses of each audience in each city is always different, which always adds a fresh, new aspect to each and every performance.

Another unique aspect of the show is that several of the characters are based off of the personalities and personas of the original cast. One of Ryan’s favorite parts of playing Bobby on tour? Ryan has the opportunity to dive into the life of Thommie Walsh, the original Bobby.

EMMA: What was your experience like helping with Camp Broadway’s performance in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

KOERBER: Assisting Camp Broadway at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was such a joy to see young kids of all ages experience what Camp Broadway has to offer. It is incredible to be part of a program that gave children of military families the opportunity to see New York City (most of them for the first time), learn from Broadway performers, develop relationships with other kids who have the same interests, and be a part of an iconic event that holds tradition in our country. Watching children be inspired and grow over a short period of time is something special that I was proud to be a part of.

EMMA: What is your advice for young, aspiring actors and actresses?

KOERBER: Someone once told me that we have nothing to prove and everything to share. That has always resonated with me. When we have talk backs with students that are aspiring actors asking for advice, one of the most important things we say is that if you are passionate about something, do not be afraid to pursue that passion and share what you have to offer. It is so important to first and foremost be yourself. It is a waste of energy and your own talents to try to be what you think others want you to be. Also, always thank your teachers and your mentors!

Ryan with other members of the cast of A CHORUS LINE

FUN FACT: Not only is Ryan a spectacular performer, but he has a secret talent and conversation-starter up his sleeve. When he was young, Ryan often baked with his grandmother and had a special talent for one aspect of baking in particular. He found that he had a fascination with cake decorating, which developed into a unique and amazing hobby. Ryan mentioned that with this fun fact being present on his resume, he has been asked about it before while in the audition room!

If you’d like to get to know Ryan better, you can visit his website www.ryan-koerber.com or follow him on Instagram @ryan_koerber. It’s no secret that Ryan has a bright future ahead of him on the Great White Way. Remember- even the smallest steps while you’re in high school can lead to something great and life-changing! You can do it, CB’ers!

Thank you to Ryan for the wonderful advice and the spectacular opportunity to interview you!

5 Fun Theatre Resolutions and Goals for 2018!

With January quickly coming to a close, I have to admit, some of my New Year’s Resolutions have not been turning out quite as planned. Let me be honest- I haven’t exactly finished two novels in the first month of 2018, however, I decided that I could focus on other goals, such as those related to theatre. I’m absolutely elated to share my 2018 Theatre Resolutions with you, and I hope that maybe you’ll get some inspiration, or comment some of your own resolutions for 2018 below!

1. Stage-Manage At Least One Show

I love working behind the scenes volunteering at a local community theatre, but I have yet to take on the lead role of being a stage manager. I think that this would be a great learning experience and I am definitely ready to dive into the realm of technical theatre.

2. Find a Go-To Audition Monologue

Each time I go to an audition, I seem to have an endless list of songs that I am ready to sing, but no monologue! This year, I’d like to find a spectacular monologue that I can bring with me to every audition.

3. Invest More Time in Dance Lessons

Even though I already take ballet, I think that it would benefit me greatly this year to put more time and effort into my dance classes. Not only will it help me improve my dance skills for shows, but it is a great way to exercise while having fun at the same time!

4. Take a Leap and Try a Straight Play

I haven’t done a straight play in years. In 2018, I want to push myself out of my comfort zone again and grow in my acting abilities.

5. Host a Tony Awards Viewing Party

I have to admit, the majority of my theatre friends and I always watch the annual Tony Awards, but we’ve never watched them all together! How fun would it be to be the friend that gets to host this star-studded night?

There you have it, 5 of my Theatre Resolutions! I think that 2018 is going to prove to be a wonderful theatre season that has many opportunities. One of those opportunities is attending a Camp Broadway camp this summer! I went to Camp Broadway Tempe in 2016 and it was my favorite week of the summer, by far. I strongly encourage you all to give one of CB’s programs a try this summer! Thank you for reading, and comment your resolutions below!

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This Season’s Practical and Perfectly-Priced Broadway Gift Guide

This holiday season, here at Camp Broadway, we’re making it easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite theatre-lover! Here are five perfectly-priced and practical gifts featuring this season’s most popular musicals.

First up, one of my favorite shirts that I own, the “Eat Sleep Theatre Repeat” shirt (made by Etsy user StagAndCo) is only $23.95 and is perfect for the actor, stage manager, or techie that is always at rehearsal.

Just right for those who are always in awe of the spectacular costumes on Broadway is this print of Broadway’s most famous costumes over time (made by Etsy user PopChartLab. The print itself is only $29.00, and you can save money by purchasing your own frame to hang it in!

Looking for something more simple? For only $10, you can purchase Broadway-themed ornaments (made by Etsy user PartyPaperFavor). These adorable adornments for the tree come in the theme of several different musicals, such as Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Lion King, or Hamilton!

 

 

If you’re trying to find something shiny or sparkly this holiday season, a piece of jewelry might be the best option- try this Dear Evan Hansen inspired necklace (made by Etsy user PerfectionB)! It is engraved with the lyrics “You Will Be Found” and is absolutely beautiful. For only $13, it truly is a cheap and fantastic addition to your wishlist or shopping cart!


My personal favorite theatre-related gift I’ve ever received was a box of 
Official Playbill Frames! They allow me to display all of my favorite playbills (including my treasured signed ones!) on my wall for visitors to see when they enter my room. This is a practical gift idea, and at only $15.99 per frame, they provide a stunning place to display your playbills, as well as some neat room decor.

Did you find something to add to your wishlist? Maybe something to put in the cart for a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments down below if you found anything that I didn’t mention, or what your favorite theatre-themed gift has been!

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“The Heat Is On In Saigon”

By Skylar Raye Noyes

My all time favorite musical is Miss Saigon! The music, the romance, and the story take my breath away. I have always been a major fan of the show and when I heard it was coming back to Broadway, I was ecstatic! Nothing was going to stand in my way of seeing this incredible musical! The night I was going to see the show finally came. I remember entering the theatre and gasped as I saw the set on stage. It was an unbelievable sight to see! I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see the show that I had been obsessing over for so long, live and on Broadway! It was surreal! As the house lights dimmed and the orchestra began to play the overture, I felt my heart pounding out of my chest. The show began and it was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen on Broadway! Eva Noblezada (Kim) had me in tears the entire show. One of the most memorable performances in the show was when she sang “I’d Give My Life For You.” It was a showstopper, sent chills down my spine, and had me sobbing the entire time.

Another memorable number was when Alistair Brammer (Chris) performed “Why God Why.” It is one of my favorite songs in the entire show and he did an outstanding job! One of my favorite numbers in the musical was “The Morning of the Dragon.” This number is very intense and the dancing is incredible! Another showstopper was when the amazing Jon Jon Briones performed “The American Dream.” He is such a captivating performer! And last but not least, the scene where the helicopter flies on stage is an iconic moment in the show that amazed me. Overall, the whole show was remarkable!

I was fortunate enough go backstage after the show and interview Minami Yusui! Minami is in the ensemble of Miss Saigon. She is an amazing performer and dancer with an incredible story to tell of her path to Broadway. She was kind enough to share her amazing story of passion and hard work with our Camp Broadway readers!

What is your favorite part about being on Broadway?

“It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to be on Broadway. I worked so many years and did so many things to get here and the fact that I’ve achieved my dreams means a lot!”

What advice do you have for kids who want to be on Broadway someday?

“Keep your passion! Always remember why you are doing it, the feeling you had with the first show you ever saw, or whatever motivated you to dedicate your time to this craft. Remember that matters, because when you are going through some difficult times or whenever you get discouraged, always go back to why you are doing it, maybe that wonderful feeling you had or that passion you were given.”

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

“I have a lot of things, but usually yoga and meditation, and to make sure to check in with myself everyday to keep my mind grounded. It can be very dangerous, you can get hurt and once you get hurt you can be out for many days, so take care of each show. I check in with myself every day and make sure I feel grounded.”

Ever think you would be on Broadway?
“I thought it would be cool, but I was in Japan, I didn’t even speak English. I don’t think I was that realistic. I just had so much passion and just dreamt, it would be so wonderful to be on Broadway and do that! I watched the Tony Awards and didn’t understand any of the speeches, I just dreamt big! I guess I always wanted to and didn’t really think, oh if I couldn’t actually be on Broadway. I just had that big feeling of dreaming about it! I couldn’t be happier. I am very grateful and very lucky!”

Minami’s story is so inspiring! Hearing about how she came from Japan with nothing but a dream, not knowing the language, and reaching her goal of performing on Broadway is incredible! Her advice is to stay focused on your goals and work hard! Thank you Minami for sharing your love and passion for theatre with the readers of Camp Broadway!

 

 

5 Life Lessons from 8 Years in Theatre

Camp Broadway blog, oh, how I have missed you. This is Emma, back after a somewhat hiatus of focusing on my sophomore year, stage managing, and all sorts of other craziness. Today, I’m here to share with you some of the things I’ve learned from doing theatre for eight years. That’s over half my life! One of the most well-known phrases today is definitely the cliche, “All the World’s a Stage”. After doing over 30 shows, I’d have to agree with this. So, without further ado, here are five, crucial life lessons that I’ve learned from doing theatre. 

I am the second from the right in the yellow dress, playing Mrs. Mayor in Seussical. These friends are not only my cast members, but my family.

  1. Trust the Process– Seriously, doing theatre will most definitely test your patience sometimes, however, you’ll learn to depend on your production staff to lead the way. They are experienced in the field and will teach you everything you need to know, all in due time. This benefits you in the future because you’ll know how to trust that whoever is leading the way has a plan to reach the finish line!
  2. Criticism is OK. Say it with me, criticism is OK. It’s okay not to be perfect. In the theatre world, you are going to hear the word  “no” much more than “yes”. It is much easier to get turned down when you are older applying for jobs after doing theatre, since you are used to being turned down and getting constructive criticism. You’ll learn that directors aren’t being mean during notes, but they are doing all that they can to make your performance better!
  3. Time Management is Key! Between balancing rehearsals with homework, work, sports, and other things, you will become fantastic at time management; trust me, this is a great skill when you get into high school!
  4. Your Team is Your Family. Theatre really is a team effort- take out one cast member and a harmony part may go completely missing! After taking part in a few shows, you will know how to work in “harmony” (get it?) with several others, and strengthen your communication skills with others as well.
  5. Be Open. If nothing else, theatre will teach you what it’s like to have a loving family that is always concerned about you and your dreams. If you are open to sharing with your fellow cast members, you’ll learn so many life lessons from numerous different people who have been through so many different things.

These are only five things that came out of doing theatre, and I can’t wait to see what I’m going to learn next. Remember always to be flexible and open to change, and to really love on your cast (aka family) while you have them. Something a director said to me changed my outlook on each show: you will never do the exact same show with the same cast and production staff after closing. So take in every moment that you get to spend with some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, and most importantly, commit to the show and tell a story. After all, that’s what theatre is all about, right?

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Flying High with Paramour

By Skylar Raye Noyes

J’adore le Paramour! I recently went to see Paramour on Broadway and the show was incredible! It is a blend of Cirque du Soleil’s signature acrobatic high flying adventures and stunts, and Broadways beautiful story telling. The show amazed the audience with gorgeous costumes, choreography, and music. Watching the acrobatics was definitely a highlight of the musical. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched performers soar and flip through the air. They made it look effortless! One of the most memorable stunts in the show was when a pair of twins each grabbed onto a rope with one hand and flew above the audience in unison. You could feel the tension in the theater as the audience fixated their eyes on the acrobats. With one false move they could have lost grasp of the rope and fallen into the audience’s laps! I was mesmerized while watching them soar like birds throughout the theater.

Another showstopping stunt in Paramour was when there was a large seesaw in the middle of the stage and one acrobat would jump onto one end of the seesaw, causing the acrobat on the opposite end to soar high into the air. While in the air, the acrobat flipped what seemed like a thousand times! You certainly cannot have a fear of heights to perform these stunts!

Before the show I had the opportunity to interview one of the stars, Paramour’s Sarah Meahl. Sarah played Gina in the show! It’s always a magical feeling when you are in the presence of a Broadway performer as talented, beautiful, and kind as Sarah. She was so gracious to meet with me and share her experiences as a professional dancer and Broadway performer with our readers. During our interview I also got to witness the show’s troupe of autonomous flying robots being tested on the stage! It was cool to get a behind the scenes sneak peek at some of the magic I would later see in the show!

Here is what Sarah had to share with our Camp Broadway readers….

with Sarah Meahl, “Gina”

At what age did you start dancing and how did your love of dance lead to a career on Broadway?

“I started dancing when I was 2 and a half. My mom put me in dance class because I begged! I was not potty trained yet, so she said the deal is that if you be a big girl, you can take dance class, so that was like part of my training. I always loved to dance so much that it was never a question that I wanted to do that. I had this awesome dance teacher who worked at Disney and she told me that she did this professionally as a job. That’s when all these things opened up for me and I realized I can do this professionally, I want to work at Disney! And then she said well you can work at Disney, or you could also go to New York; you could be on Broadway. And that’s how I found out. So ever since that was presented to me, at the age of eight, I wanted that.”

When you were a teenager, did you ever believe you would be on Broadway someday?

“Yes, I thought I could. I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. I wanted it to happen, and I thought I could do it. I wanted to put myself in all the right classes and have the right training so that that could be a possibility for me.”

When did you decide to audition for Broadway and what was the motivating factor that led you to go for it?

“I auditioned for Broadway my first time when I was nineteen. I was in college and I went on my spring break to New York. I had older friends from college who already lived in New York City, so I stayed with them. I auditioned for an equity chorus call but I didn’t have my equity card. It was for Chicago. I also auditioned for Nice Work If You Can Get It when I was twenty-one. Those were the ones I could go to and I was nervous, but I also was confident because I knew how to audition because I went to school for that, so I was ready. I felt ready. I came on a bus from Pittsburgh and I stayed with my friend and made sure I was there on time. I got there early! I eventually moved to New York City which was really far away from my family. When you make a lifestyle change and you move so far away, it becomes a goal. Everything before that was fun and I got to dance and this was a step up, but I guess ultimately the thing that helped me be motivated was my love for it. I want to create! Also, I had an awesome mom who was really supportive and never pushed me, but never backed me away from it. She just was happy for me and encouraged me to do it and believed in me. She told me you can do anything if you believe in yourself, and so I felt confident enough because of what she told me.”

with Philippe Bélanger, unicyclist

What’s your favorite part about being on Broadway?

“The people. Everyone here, in every show, everyone has a story to tell. And that’s what we do; we tell stories! I love it because a lot of people in the business were made fun of as kids; they were creative or different. Theatre is a community where everyone is loved and accepted. I’m surrounded by people who love to do what I do: sing, dance, and perform. Whether they’re walking on their hands, dancing, or singing their faces off! They all had a really common goal. They put in hard work, so they all have good work ethic. And most of them have been estranged to some extent, so they’re very loving and open. They’re open to new experiences or different lifestyles because in New York that’s what we do, we have different lifestyles than everyone else. So I think I love the people because the people are so giving of themselves and tell their story. They’re so lovely, open, and wonderful, and I want to be around those people everyday. I want to be around awesome people everyday and that’s what I get here! I am around cool people who work hard and have fought for something, and not everyone can say that they have done that. That’s my favorite thing, but of course I also love the music, the lights, the costumes, the glitter, the makeup, and the eyelashes!!!”

Doing eight shows a week, how do you keep up the energy and enthusiasm for each performance?

“For energy I get enough sleep, eat healthy, and eat a lot of protein. I also do things other than dancing. I take yoga and I will go to a workout class because a body in motion stays in motion. So I stay in motion and I eat healthy. I think it is very important that you do the same show every night, and you give the same amount of energy. Sometimes I get bored though because I have done 400 performances. Every performance is different; there’s always something that keeps you on your toes. I like to give each performance an intention, so that maybe it inspires me to say something with a new idea. I like to dedicate a performance to someone. If I get really bored, I will think about my Grandpa. It will make me refind why I love it and I think about doing it for someone who I wish could see it. Or this one’s for my best friend, so I’m going to say this line extra special today because I think it’s something that she would love! I also think it is important to really remember when you have nothing left and you’re just bored and don’t want to go on and do the same counts of eight, or say the same thing over and over just get back to the story you were trying to tell like where are you going, where have you been, what does your character want, what do I want people in this theatre to leave with. Just remind yourself of those questions and it will help inspire you to do the scene to the best way you can!”

What advice do you have for teenagers whose dream is to be on Broadway?

With Ryan Vona, “Joey”

“Be kind! You never know what someone’s going through and it is hard to do sometimes in theatre. You have to be a team; you have to work together, and that can be difficult. Every person I’ve met and every experience I’ve had in my professional career, and even before, in youth theatre, every person and experience has led me to the next. Every job has given me networking to get me to my next job. It is a small world, every person and every experience leads you to the next, never think this is too small of a job for me. I was a hostess and that experience gave me what I needed to to play a certain character. I am so happy that I had this friend named Katie that taught me how to baton twirl during recess because I have baton twirled in three or four shows.

Everything is an experience which brings you to the next. You never know, every experience that you have had in your life will be used one day in your life and it all happens for a reason so just experience them and savor them and remember them because you use every person you’ve met. I know my character Gina is modeled after my best friends mom! Who knew I was going to play a character that reminded me of my best friends mom? I’d be like what would Nancy do? Every person you meet, every experience you can use towards theatre, but the most important thing I was going to say is hang around people who inspire you, that’s the number one thing! Surround yourself with people you admire, people you want to emulate, successful people, happy happy people! I’ve noticed that my group of friends that I have from high school and college and beyond, those tiny little groups of people that I’ve loved have risen with me because we all hold each other accountable for the good work we are doing. So I think that is really important! If you have a goal and a dream and it’s something you can’t survive without, pursue it and be relentless but be kind and usually the two, if you are kind people want to work with you. You are likable. Above anything else before “cast-ability” or talent comes do I want to work with that person, then you have a job. I know people who are so talented joyous and they bring teamwork, spirit and happiness … its Broadway, it can be hard, really hard … and you need those people to bring up the moral. Be a person who you would want to hang out with!”

Thank you to Sarah for granting this interview and offering such inspiring advice to our young readers. These are words to live and love by! She truly is a special person, beautiful inside and out. After saying goodbye to Paramour, Sarah found a new l’amour and has said hello to Hello Dolly, where she is now part of the cast! Good things happen to good people; wishing you all the successes you deserve as you continue to pursue your Broadway dreams!

This Season’s Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes!

This Halloween, maybe you’re looking to try something different. Maybe you’re going to a party with a group of friends- wait, even better, maybe you’re attending the party with a group of theatre-lovers like yourself! This season was filled with shows featuring extravagant costumes with intricate details, and I’m here to help you recreate some of them yourself! This year, knock everyone’s expectations out of the park and try out one of our ideas for Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes with all of your friends!

Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes

You can try something as simple as wearing contrasting colors to depict Elphaba and Glinda!

Iconic Duos of Broadway

Grab your closest friend and get ready to transform into one of the most iconic musical theatre duos of all time- Elphaba and Glinda! These two stunning singers are complete opposites in personality and in style, perfect for several best-friend duos out there! This look can be completed for a very low cost! For Elphaba, grab a black dress, some combat boots, and accent with green pieces of ribbon, nail polish, or jewelry! For Glinda, choose pink (“popular dress”) or blue (bubble dress) and accentuate your look with lots of glitter and glam! 

Grab Your Group!

Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Take a look at this group of girls with simple costumes inspired by The Lion King!

Try something different this Halloween and be sure to gather your entire group! Scout out some matching outfits or school uniforms and transform yourselves into the stellar kids from School of Rock!

If you’re going for something more varied and different, try dressing up as different animals from The Lion King! Use face paint, ears, and different colored t-shirts for a simple but fun look. Group costumes can include all different kinds of looks but still be seen as one! This is one of the best parts about going with your group!

 

Sugar, Butter, Spooky!

Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Check out these three visitors from BroadwayCon dressed as the Waitresses!

My personal favorite musical, Waitress, has some of the simplest yet fantastic costumes on Broadway. All you need in order to dress up like Jenna, Dawn, and Becky are matching dresses, aprons, and some white shoes! You could even add a Halloween twist to your look and come up with some names of pies with some unusual ingredients for the diner!

Well, CB readers, have any of you planned out your Halloween costume yet for this year? Be sure to comment below and tell us what you have planned, maybe you’ll inspire another CB reader to create their own Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costume this “season”!

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Camp Broadway Mainstage Highlights 2017

Each summer since 1995, over 30,000 kids from all over the country have attended Camp Broadway’s 5-day signature program, working with industry professionals direct from Broadway in an authentic Broadway rehearsal process to perform classic numbers from Broadway’s most beloved shows.  This summer, Camp Broadway celebrated its 21st summer of connecting Broadway professionals with theater-loving kids in New York City and around the country.  Below is a peek into the rehearsal process and once-in-a-lifetime moments that children experience in a week of Camp Broadway. See our favorite moments from camp in 2017, including workshops with Broadway pros, meeting the kids of CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, seeing ANASTASIA on Broadway and performing hits from Peter Pan and Shrek the Musical.


 

All week long, campers work with our staff of directors, choreographers, and music directors who all have extensive Broadway and National Tour credits. They are leaders and master teachers who are successful in translating the traditions and standards known to professionals on Broadway into age-appropriate programs that are relevant and inspirational for aspiring amateur thespians.


Campers take part in the unique tradition of the Camp Broadway Robe.


Campers spend Wednesday in Times Square, first rehearsing at B.B. King Blues Club before heading off to a Broadway matinee.


 

NYC CB’ers had a special workshop with Anastasia’s Ian Knauer, and learning choreography inspired by the show.


The young performers of Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory visited for a special Q&A, sharing with our campers what it’s like to be a kid on Broadway.


Campers attended a matinee of Anastasia and were treated to an exclusive post-show talkback with the cast!


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On Friday, family and friends are invited to watch the Camp Broadway Family Finale in the 756-seat Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space.


Over the course of 5 days, campers take part in both Camp Broadway, and Broadway traditions, from the Camp Broadway Medley to the Gypsy Robe Ceremony.


 

Campers rehearse all week to perform highlights from two popular Broadway Musicals. In 2017, campers performed Peter Pan JR. and Shrek the Musical JR.


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The Next Step 2017 Highlights

The Next Step offers a specialized program of musical theater classes taught by Broadway professionals, for aspiring performers, ages 14-17, who have had some previous on-stage experience. A highly unique program, The Next Step weaves traditional musical theater training into an immersive theatrical environment designed to give participants the opportunity to understand what it’s really like to be a Broadway “Gypsy”. Check out our highlights to see what a week inside of The Next Step is like. CLICK HERE to read our blogger’s review of the program!


professionals

All week long, participants work with our staff of Broadway directors, choreographers, and music directors, who take them through an authentic Broadway rehearsal process.


Participants attend an evening performance of a hit Broadway show, and get treated to an exclusive talkback with the cast. This summer, Next Steppers saw Cats, and had the chance to take a masterclass in movement from Cats ensemble member, Christine Smith.


b-b-kings

The Next Step spends a day rehearsing at B.B. King Blues, a venue where jazz and Broadway stars alike frequently perform. Family and friends are invited to watch the final showcase here on Friday.


Over the course of 5 days, participants work to discover their unique characters by taking on classic theater character types (diva, ingenue, dancer, comedian). The final showcase gives them a chance to show off their individual talent, and shine as a group.


tradition

An important part of any Camp Broadway program is making Broadway and theatre traditions relevant for participants. At the Next Step, participants become part of the program’s history by signing the Next Step theater trunk.


We are proud to welcome participants from across the country, and all over the world. Over the course of 5 days, participants have the chance to meet new friends from new places, as well as share the culmination of their experience with friends and family.


ENROLLMENT FOR The Next Step NYC 2017 IS NOW OPEN!!
July 23 – 27, 2018
CLICK HERE to enroll today!

SAVE $100 when you enroll by 12/31.

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