Thank you to all our campers for a terrific week! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Check out the Family Finale photos in our 2015 Camp Photos.
Learn about our Featured Players! These four actors and actresses have been helping the Campers learn the dances, songs, and lines, as well as supervise them through the day.
Kevin Lagasse: Featured Player in Jujamcyns (All Shook Up)
Kevin is in his first year and second city with Camp Broadway. Some advice for future performers is "Don't be afraid of rejection, go to college, and do it until it becomes a chore, do it until you stop loving it."
Kevin Lagasse is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he earned a BA in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre minor. This coming June he will be in the new musical workshop of Closer Than You Think by Brett Kristofferson. Favorite past credits include Giuseppe Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza, Bickle in Footloose, & Grand Master Chad in Legally Blonde. Regional Theatre credits include: A Chorus Line (Paul San Marco), Opera House Theatre Company; Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour Krelborn), Thalian Association Theatre Company; Rent (Steve), Quisisana Resort.
One more day until the big show! The campers have been working very hard all day perfecting their dances and songs. We cannot wait to show you our final product tomorrow afternoon!
After lunch today, guest speaker Lisa Ludwig came in and talked with the Campers a little bit about what its like to be an actress. Originally from Alden, New York, Ms. Ludwig is the Managing Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Ms. Ludwig has also worked in New York City and toured nationally for several years, then returned to Buffalo. She has appeared on virtually every stage in Buffalo, and also worked as a director, educator and producer for professional theaters and colleges. Learn more about Lisa here.
What is the gypsy robe and why does my child have to design a patch to go on it?
The tradition dates to the 1950 production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes when dancer Bill Bradley used to steal cast mate Florence Baum’s dressing robe and run around backstage in it to entertain the company. Baum and Bradley decided to pass along the robe to their friend, Arthur Partington, in honor of his opening in “Call Me Madam.” After the show opened, Partington attached a rose dropped from one of the leading ladies gown to the garment for extra luck and passed it to the next show. This began the tradition of taking a memento from each show and passing it on to the next opening Broadway show. While the ceremony and the robes have become quite elaborate, at its core the robe is an appreciation of an actor’s dedication. These are a few rules that must be followed for the Gypsy Robes of Broadway.
Yesterday the Campers put together a few things for the Camp Broadway finale, they look and sound great!
The Assistant Stage Managers in this production are the link between the Director and the Campers, they keep everyone on schedule, help the kids move from one workshop to the next, and even learn the songs and dances along side everyone else. Each one has a passion for theater and the arts, get to know your child's ASM a little more.
Anna (first row)- Assistant Stage Manager for Shuberts, Anna was a camper for 5 years and is coming back for the first time to ASM for the program. Anna is a Junior at St. Andrew's College studying English Literature. Her favorite part about Camp Broadway is "Seeing people experience camp for the first time."
Ellen (second row)- Assistant Stage Manager for the Nederlanders, Ellen is a sophomore at FIT studying Photography. This is her 2nd year as an ASM and she was a camper 7 years before graduating the program. Her favorite part about Camp Broadway is "Seeing old faces from last year."
Andrew (third row)- Assistant Stage Manager for the Dodgers, this is Andrew's second year as ASM. Andrew just graduated from Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in theater. His favorite part about the camp is "Every single kid is talented, they all have a great voice and could one day be on Broadway."
Nick (fourth row)- Assistant Stage Manager for Jujamcyns, this is Nick's 2nd year as an ASM, and was previously involved as a camper for 8 years. Nick is a Junior at Fredonia and is majoring in Theater and Press Relations. His favorite part about being in Camp Broadway is "Seeing energy and the kids excited to be here".
The campers today have gotten through the first day jitters and are singing and dancing the day away! They have all gotten some time to show off their vocal skills and dance their way across the stage.