Who Is Mainstage at Camp Broadway For?
Mainstage at Camp Broadway is the destination where theater-loving kids ages 10 to 17 learn what life on Broadway is all about: working as a team to stage a full theatre production, personal growth in your artistic craft, experiencing New York City, and expanding your circle of theatre-loving friends.
Located in the heart of NYC, this immersive 5-day intensive offers Mainstagers a taste of the total production experience! Want to improve your acting chops, explore costume design, or enhance your dance skills? At Camp Broadway, you’ll get to do it all while learning from seasoned Broadway professionals in a real Broadway setting. Mainstage is also an unforgettable event for the whole family, culminating in a dazzling finale performance, showcasing your learning, talent, and passion for theater!
Along your journey, you’ll also discover ways to Develop Your Character. Character means more than the role you play on stage – it’s also who we are off-stage. At Mainstage, developing your character means balancing teamwork with self-discovery and understanding how your individual contributions lead to group success. By cultivating the habits such as mindfulness, personal accountability, and courage, we become better people as well as artists.
Nervous about making your Broadway debut? Don’t be! You don’t need to be a local theater star or show choir diva to join Mainstage, just an excitement for the theater and a willingness to learn and grow in your craft. Our supportive and enthusiastic Broadway community awaits!
Why Mainstage at Camp Broadway?
Researching and selecting a summer theatre intensive is a massive undertaking, and we know that you have lots of choices available. But with over 20 years of experience, here’s what makes our Mainstage program stand out from the crowd:
- You’ll Develop Your Character – literally and figuratively! During your time at Mainstage, you’ll learn and practice the Camp BroadWAY of Life, including mindfulness, self-awareness, courage and respect. No matter what path you pursue, these are skills that endure, both on-stage and off. Our values create community, and it’s this community that brings Mainstagers back every summer for more!
- Our focus is on Ensemble Players, Not Stardom. At the Mainstage, teamwork is emphasized over individual performances. That’s why our Mainstage productions are led by Broadway professionals that rehearse with you all week. By removing the focus from centerstage, all players are free take artistic risks, support their cast members and just have fun!
- We only hire Broadway professionals who also have a passion for teaching and working with tweens and teens. Over the course of your 5-day intensive, you’ll be taught and inspired by our staff of Broadway directors, choreographers, and music directors, who will support you through an authentic Broadway rehearsal process. Each of our staff are hand-selected, not only for their impressive credentials, but for their knack for seeing and bringing out talent in young people.
- You’ll gain new theatre-loving friends that feel like family. Mainstagers never leave the same as when they arrive. Staging a production with young thespians from across the country (and the world!), is enhanced by special Broadway traditions and the exceptional camaraderie that can only be built by sharing a stage. It’s these memories and connections that keep our Mainstagers in touch throughout the year and back for more every summer.
But you’ll also leave a piece of yourself behind. Part of what makes Broadway so beautiful is its dedication to honoring the past while reveling in the present. You’ll leave your mark by participating in one of Broadway’s most treasured traditions – the Gypsy Robe ceremony. Every cast member will create their own patch for the robe, forming a stunning physical representation of the many parts that make a whole.
What Can You Expect from Mainstage?
A better question might be “what won’t you do?” This jam-packed week has it all – from preparing and performing, to getting industry insights from the pros.
Your Mainstage package includes 5 days (40 hours!) of instruction and activities including:
- Intensives in singing, acting, and dancing taught by Broadway professionals
- Master classes with a current Broadway actor
- A memorable pre-show lunch at a restaurant with all your fellow Mainstagers
- Matinee ticket to a Broadway show – a real Mainstage favorite!
- An exclusive post-show Q&A session with the cast
- Camp Broadway swag – including our official t-shirt, labeled bag and pencil
- A collectible Mainstage program patch
- Your professional ‘Cast of Characters’ headshot
- Healthy lunches, snacks and water – because you’ve got to feed the talent!
Mainstagers and their families also receive:
- Access to our ‘Call Board’ – with exclusive sneak peeks and all the need-to-know details to get you ready for Broadway!
- End-of-day info to prepare for the next day’s activities
- A keepsake playbill from your Mainstage Finale performance
- Complimentary admission to our Family Finale show at Symphony Space
STARTING JANUARY 1, 2019
Thanks to the support from many of Camp Broadway’s grateful parents and generous friends, the Broadway Education Alliance, a New York based 501.c3, has established Marya’s Gift, to provide financial assistance to deserving children, ages 7-13, who do not otherwise have the means to attend Camp Broadway. Learn more.
WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CAMP BROADWAY
Camp Broadway deserves a standing ovation for its unparalleled dedication to developing and nurturing theater-loving kids! The opportunity to train with real Broadway professionals has given my daughter, Katie, a tremendous boost in her self-confidence- it has quite simply been a life-changing experience.