CAMP BROADWAY - Frequently Asked Questions
What is Camp Broadway?
CAMP BROADWAY® LLC was founded in 1995 and is recognized as Broadway's "original" summer camp. The company's mission is to make theatre arts an accessible and relevant way for creative children to build confidence, hone presentation skills, and discover their unique talents at every stage of their lives. Camp Broadway is now a respected industry leader in audience engagement and a trusted source for parents or teachers seeking quality year-round enrichment programs, experiential events and educational workshops.
Shea's Performing Arts Center is pleased to have been presenting the Camp Broadway® Mainstage summer program since 2000. Camp Broadway LLC is the recipient of the 2016 Special Drama Desk Award "for introducing young people to the magic of theater and for playing a crucial role in creating tomorrow's audiences for over 20 years." We believe in their programming, which provides campers from across our region with an authentic, enlightening, and joyous theatre arts experience taught by trained Broadway professionals. Inspired by Broadway's cherished works and steeped in its grand traditions, every program is designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression, and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences.
What is the experience of your teaching staff?
The CAMP BROADWAY teaching staff is comprised of theatre professionals from the Broadway community. Their credits include roles in A Chorus Line; Annie Get Your Gun; Cabaret; A Christmas Carol; City of Angels; Crazy for You; 42nd Street; Kiss of the Spider Woman; The Producers; Me and My Girl; Miss Saigon; My Fair Lady; Parade; Seussical, The Musical; Tony & Tina's Wedding; Urban Cowboy; Sunset Boulevard and many more. They also have years of experience directing, choreographing, and teaching students at various schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Many of the staff who have been with the camp for years return each season to share their experience, knowledge, and love of theatre.
What should my child wear each day to CAMP BROADWAY?
Upon sign-in, your child will be given two Camp Broadway t-shirts in the size you indicated on the application. Program participants are required to wear a Camp Broadway t-shirt each day of camp. All other clothing should be comfortable and non-constricting dance-like or exercise-like. Any shorts worn must at least reach mid-thigh in length. You may choose sneakers or soft-soled dance shoes for footwear. It's recommended that campers rehearse in the footwear they will be wearing in the performance. Jeans, flip-flops, sandals or platform shoes may not be worn.
Your child will be on his or her feet moving most of the day so comfort and ease of movement are key!
How do you ensure a safe environment for my child?
Your child's safety is paramount to us. Our building remains locked at all times except for 30 minutes prior to the start of camp and starting at 5:00 pm for sign out. If campers need to leave the building to get to a rehearsal space or any other reason, staff will accompany the group and take roll immediately upon re-entering the building to ensure all campers are accounted for. Each camper group of 25 will have one local staff member and one NYC staff member accompanying them at all times.
In order to ensure the safety of all of our campers, we do not release a child to anyone other than a parent or legal guardian unless authorized to do so in writing via the Camper Sign-out Release Form included in the registration packet. Unless the parent/guardian signs the form allowing the camper to leave the building on his/her own, one of the approved adults must come inside the building to physically sign out your child.
Our staff continually reviews and updates our safety policies and emergency procedures to ensure the safest environment possible for our campers. We are available to address any questions you may have and are happy to assist you in any way possible.
Will my child be discovered at CAMP BROADWAY?
CAMP BROADWAY does not focus on launching careers. We are dedicated to providing an environment where kids can learn the skills and commitment necessary for participating in the performing arts, but more importantly, to excel in all areas of their lives. Many of our campers do go on to work in the professional theatre, but CAMP BROADWAY teaches young artists how to make their dream a reality, whatever that may be.
What types of performing arts classes are offered at CAMP BROADWAY?
The program includes instruction in voice, dance, solo, and ensemble singing while learning and rehearsing dialogue, musical numbers, and dance routines for a feature musical/individual artist of the week. Each program culminates in a performance for family and friends.
What is the age range of the campers?
CAMP BROADWAY‘s Mainstage accepts children between 10 and 17 years. CAMP BROADWAY's The Next Step accepts children between 14 and 17 years.
How many campers attend CAMP BROADWAY?
We accept no more than 100 campers for Mainstage, and no more than 35 campers for The Next Step. No exceptions will be made.
When and where is CAMP BROADWAY offered in Buffalo, New York?
The program is held at Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202). The program begins promptly at 9:00 AM each day and concludes each day at 5:00 PM.
Does my child need previous experience?
Your child does not need prior performance experience to participate in the Mainstage camp, but we do require sincere motivation and desire to experience working and training as a Broadway professional. The stars of Mainstage can best be described as young people who have a love of the performing arts, a willingness to learn, and a desire to have a great time.
The Next Step does require the campers to have either participated in Mainstage or have previous on-stage performance experience as it designed to hone musical theatre abilities, enhance interpersonal skills, and cultivate the habit of discipline that dedicated theatrical artists need to have.