Congratulations to all of our Camp Broadway campers! We had a wonderful two weeks with all of you and can't wait to see you all next summer!
For more photos from both camps, visit our Photo Gallery, 2017.
Today is the final day of Camp Broadway's Next Step Program at Shea's Buffalo! It has been such an amazing week working with all of these talented, driven, and hard-working campers. They have put so much hard work into this show, and it has paid off! Today will be a day mostly filled with rehearsals, but we will also have two special guests joining us today during lunch.
The day started like every other with a physical warm-up led by Featured Player Carver Duncan but this time, Music Director Nissa Kahle accompanied the warm-up with live music on the piano.
Then, Nissa led the campers in a vocal warm-up
After warm-ups, the campers did a run-through of the show.
The campers had a pizza lunch after the run-through and Kenny Award winners Grace Auer and Ian Hayes joined the campers and had a Q/A.
After lunch the campers did another run-through of the show and had final notes before preparing for the final performance!
This was a phenomenal week for Camp Broadway's Next Step Program! We had such a fun week and we got a lot done. The performance went very well and it is all thanks to the hard work that the campers put in all week. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you next year!
Our Director/Choreographer for Camp Broadway's Next Step Program at Shea's Buffalo is Brian Feehan. Brian went to the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago for Theater. Brian has always been interested in theater, but one aspect he was the most intrigued by was directing.
Right after college, Brian moved to New York City and within the first week he got a part in a commercial. He has done many Regional Theater and Summer Stock productions including: Camelot, Hello Dolly, Carousel, King Arthur's Court, Connecticut Yankee, West Side Story, and Cabaret. Brian was also in A Chorus Line and 42nd Street, both on Broadway and All Girl Band, Off-Broadway. He has performed at Radio City Music Hall, and performed on the Tony's for three years.
Welcome to day four of Camp Broadway's Next Step Program at Shea's Buffalo! Today is a very exciting day because we are moving into Shea's 710 Theater down the street!
The day started with a physical warm-up led by Leading Player Carver Duncan. The campers reviewed the "Nicest Kids in Town" dance for a good cardio workout. Music Director Nissa Kahle led a vocal warm-up right after.
Right after warm-ups, everyone moved out of Shea's to the 710 Theater down the street!
Once we arrived, we started staging the show in the new space.
We then rehearsed the medleys until lunch time.
Our lunch break was held in the Smith Theater and consisted of hot dogs and pasta salad.
Right after lunch we went back to Shea's 710 Theater and kept rehearsing scenes from the show.
Eventually, the campers had a snack break, and then went right back to rehearsing afterwards!
Today was a very productive day in regards to blocking and staging! We rehearsed the whole show several times over, and moved into our performance space. Tomorrow is the day of the big show! Definitely go over all of your lines tonight and most importantly, get TONS of rest!
Our Music Director this week at Camp Broadway's Next Step Program is Nissa Kahle. Nissa attended The University of Washington for math and philosophy. Nissa had always been interested in theater, so during her years at school she interned at the 5th Avenue Theater. After she graduated, she went to Texas State for piano performance and specialized in opera accompaniment. She then worked as an opera accompanist for Texas State for a year.
Nissa auditioned for the national tour of Chicago as a pianist in the pit orchestra and then toured with the show for 2 years. When she was done with the tour, she subbed in as a pianist for Chicago and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, both on Broadway.
Nissa coached soloists at the Jimmy Awards on Broadway for the past two years but this is her first year Music Directing for Camp Broadway. Nissa loves working at Camp Broadway because "there is such a variety of kids with different interests who fit theater into their own lives in different ways."
Welcome to day three of Camp Broadway's Next Step Program at Shea's Buffalo! We had a very productive day yesterday, and it will be even more productive today!
The day started with a physical warm-up led by Leading Players Carver Duncan and Alexandra Schwartz. Following the physical warm-up, Music Director Nissa Kahle led the campers in a vocal warm-up.
After warm-ups, Director/Choreographer Brian Feehan blocked and staged the opening and closing numbers.
After a very long staging rehearsal, the campers finally had a lunch break in the Smith Theater. They had pizza from Primo Pizza.
Carver then led a dance workshop going over the steps from "The Nicest Kids In Town" from Hairspray.
After the workshop, Brian taught more of the staging for the medleys.
Then, the campers broke off into groups and learned choreography with Brian, music with Nissa, and dialogue with Carver and Alexandra.
Left: Choreography with Brian Middle: Dialogue with Carver and Alexandra Right: Music with Nissa
After the rehearsals, the campers had a brief 15-minute snack in the Smith Theater.
The campers went right back into their rehearsal groups for the performance after they had snack.
Left: Choreography with Brian Middle: Dialogue with Carver and Alexandra Right: Music with Nissa
To end the day the campers had a final full group rehearsal led by the whole Camp Staff.
We took a lot of big steps today, and we will take even more tomorrow! Everyone be sure to learn ALL of your lines! Our show is very soon and everyone needs to be fully off book! Get tons of rest tonight!
At Camp Broadway's Next Step Program the kids are broken up into 5 different groups. In theater, there are many different types of characters and personalities, also known as "archetypes". There are characters who are young female love interests that are typically strong sopranos. There are also characters who have a big personality and a strong presence that are typically leading ladies. There are also strong men who fill lead roles, and comedic characters that have quirky personalities, also known on Broadway as soubrettes. And, there are also characters who are strong in a certain aspect, such as dance.
All of these different "archetypes" are pivotal in any show, and that is why we try to incorporate them into our final performance. The way we determine who is in what group isn't necessarily based on their personalities, strengths or weaknesses, but by how well we think they can play the part, or by making them play a part that they aren't generally used to. For someone who might not be considered a "comedic actor", a comedic group could teach them how to better develop skills that the part would incorporate. We encourage campers to go outside of their comfort zones and explore new areas of performance that they never thought they would encounter. This encourages the campers to try new things, and to be open to new ideas which we believe is a very important skill to have in theater, and in life.
Our final performance is based off of the musical A Chorus Line. The campers are playing the parts of the "auditionees" and during the show we will learn about each camper. The different groups will represent the different types of people and personalities you see at auditions, and they will all perform musical numbers that showcase their "personalities". We showcase many different Broadway Shows, but this year we are focusing on the work from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who had four different Broadway shows running this season. For example, one group could perform songs from Phantom of the Opera and try to portray a Christine Daae type role. Some musical numbers however, will feature every group meshed together, to portray the idea that all types of personalities put together can make a great diverse show. No group is at any advantage or disadvantage, because we will go through the same workshops and rehearsals with them all and they will all have their moments to shine.
Welcome to day two of Camp Broadway at Shea's Buffalo! We had a great day yesterday and we will have an even better day today!
The day started with sign-in and then a physical warm-up led by Leading Players Carver Duncan and Alexandra Schwartz. Music Director Nissa Kahle then led the campers in a vocal warm-up.
After warm-ups, Director/choreographer Brian Feehan taught the campers some choreography.
After Brian taught the whole group choreography, the campers split off into three separate groups to learn different medleys for the show. These Rehearsals were taught by Nissa, Carver, and Brian & Alexandra.
The campers kept rotating "stations" to learn different parts of their medleys with each member of the camp staff until lunch.
For lunch, the campers had pulled pork and mac & cheese from Fat Bob's Smokehouse. Following lunch, Brian gave a presentation about musical theater history and showed videos of different actors, dances, and performances.
After Brian's presentation, the campers split off into groups and rehearsed numbers for the final performance.
Finally, to end the day, Carver led all of the campers in a big dance rehearsal covering the numbers they all learned today.
Day two of Camp Broadway's Next Step at Shea's Buffalo went very well! We learned a lot of material today, had some fun workshops, and a video presentation of multiple Tony performances. Make sure everyone gets tons of rest tonight and goes over what they learned!