After a lunch of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and a garden salad donated by Fat Bob's Smokehouse, the campers broke into their groups to work on dancing, acting, and vocals for their group numbers.
The day ended with a run-through of the opening number. The fully staged number is looking like a real showstopper!
Today we started our Next Step program with 15 incredibly talented teens. The day started with an orientation, and then a warm up. From there, the young performers learned some music and participated in auditions for the creative team. The auditions help the team decide group placement, solos, and features.
After the auditions, they learned the music for entire opening number - "One" from A Chorus Line. Then the moved to the stage to begin learning the choreography for that number using the props they will perform with.
The day ended with the creative team talking to the campers about the industry, auditions, and working in the field. They offered tips and advice to the young performers about how to choose a college program, how to improve your odds of being seen in an audition, and how to manage your social and online presence.
The last day here at Camp Broadway Mainstage 2019 was spent running the shows in full dress, finalizing and perfecting every line, note, and dance move. The dress rehearsal helped the campers get into character right before the Family Finale that happened just minutes after.
Amongst excited audience members was former camper Sarah Trbovich. Sarah stopped by before the performance to wish the campers luck and take one last step onto the Shea's Buffalo stage!
We hope everyone enjoyed the performance this afternoon and can't wait to see everyone again next year!
Today the campers worked hard, using the best of their singing, dancing, and acting abilities. After a cookout lunch with hot dogs, veggie burgers, pasta salad, and more, the campers did a complete show put-together of the choreography, music, and lines.
Tomorrow's Family Finale will begin at 4:00 pm. All family and friends of our campers are welcome to join us at Shea's Buffalo Theatre to see the production! Make sure you stop by the Main Street side of the theatre for a surprise on the marquee!
Meet camper Eli Frank! Eli is 17 and has been a part of Camp Broadway for 8 years. Her favorite show is Singin' in the Rain as well as West Side Story. Eli discovered Camp Broadway when a friend, knowing how much she was interested in theater, introduced her to the camp. Eli's favorite memory from camp was when they combined the shows The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors, where she got to play Audrey II. Eli's advice for anyone considering joining Camp Broadway is to "Go for it!". She said that this experience got her out of her comfort zone in a welcoming way, that helped her try things she never thought she would before.
Day 3 at Camp Broadway proved to be a very busy and very exciting day for both the campers and our Camp Broadway team. In addition to rehearsing for their upcoming performance, our campers got to meet and talk to special guest speakers, and even show some of Buffalo a little bit of what's in store for their performance this Friday.
The first guests that stopped by were the Shea's Senior Staff. The campers had the chance to learn the ins and outs of the theatre industry from a production standpoint. They discussed all the things involved in putting a professional show together, such as development, finance, operations, and the intricate technical aspects as well. Campers were eager to ask questions and hear from experienced professionals about the different career paths that theatre has to offer behind the scenes.
The next guest speaker was 2019 Kenny Award Winner and 2019 Jimmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Actor in a leading role for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Matthew Wilson. Matt came in and talked to the campers about his performance experience and what it was like to perform on a real Broadway stage in New York City. They also got to hear about what he has been doing since performing at the Jimmy Awards, including opportunities from a New York City based talent and casting agency.
Day 2 started off with exercises to enhance energy, focus, and movement. The campers worked hard with our Director/Choreographers and Featured Players to learn their shows through dance and scene study. The talent and ability of this year's campers is showing in the excitement and enthusiasm they are expressing both on and off stage.
Meet camper Alex Shapiro! Alex is 17 and has been a part of Camp Broadway for 8 years. Her favorite musicals are Miss Saigon and Cabaret. Alex was first introduced to Camp Broadway by her mom and decided it would be a fun experience to try out with a friend. One of Alex's favorite parts of the experience is the lasting connections that form over the week spent here at Camp Broadway. Alex's advice for any future/potential campers is to not be shy, don't worry what other people think of you, and just be yourself!
Day 1 of the 2019 Camp Broadway Mainstage program focused on introducing our campers not only to their shows - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. and Willy Wonka Jr. - but to performing skills as well. Our Camp Broadway team worked with the campers on projection, character development, and choreography, in addition to acting and dancing assessments.
The camp staff assessed each camper's skills to see what special talents they had that can be incorporated into the production. Casting is taking place tonight and tomorrow and we can't wait to see how it all comes together!