Next week launches the final week of the enormously popular Broadway Boot Camps at Main Street Theatre Dance Alliance (MSTDA), and there is still time to register. Broadway Boot Camps are an exciting new intensive workshop experience created by MSTDA assistant director Kimbirdlee and Jonathan Fadner in which children can learn and explore musical theater. This July, Jonathan directed the first boot camp to focus on kids creating an original musical from scratch.
Starting with pencils and notebooks to create characters and a story line, Jonathan led the charge as the group refined the script and brought it to life on the Howe Theater stage with a fabulous and witty final product called Careful What You Witch For, about a few kids whose night of casting pretend spells goes awry when the spells come true and they find themselves at the mercy of some evil witches on a planet called Alidia.
This week Kimbirdlee Fadner, the Assistant Executive Director of MSTDA and wife of Jonathan, directed a Broadway Bootcamp which focused on scenes and songs from a couple of children’s classics, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Music Man. They will did a 30 minute performance at 4pm on Friday afternoon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about seeing the free show that will be performed after the next session.
These camp experiences have been a huge hit and have garnered the involvement of a wider net of local youth beyond those who were enrolled in their year long Children’s Musical Theater Program.
Each program involves an ensemble like experience where every child has the chance to shine. My nine-year old son participated in the Make-a-Musical camp for two weeks in July, and had a richly engaging experience. He was having so much fun that he was sad when they took a break over the weekend, and even sadder when the fun-filled two weeks came to an end.
In those two weeks, kids between the ages of six and 13 got to be writers, choreographers, and composers. They also got to produce and perform their show to a packed house in a black box theater. In their second week of the camp, Irina Island Images portrait photographer Irina Hage took incredible professional headshots of all the
kids. The group also got to paint the set themselves, and work with costumes.
Barbara Bauer-Fuchs, whose two daughters attended the Make A Musical camp, says, “It is amazing for us to see how much Charlotte and Emilia love this summer camp, how enthusiastic they are about it and how happy they come home, singing and dancing the whole evening and telling us everything about their day.”
Choreographer Kara Curtis says of a previous boot camp, “I was highly impressed by the kids and their willingness to embrace learning an entire production number with only one hour of rehearsal. It was inspiring to see how they jumped right in. Some of them were way out of their comfort zones but they tried anyways and then succeeded in a performance the same day. It was really wonderful to see growth in only one day. I think it speaks to how MSTDA really fosters a nurturing environment where each child can grow and develop at their own pace. The kids feel safe there and it makes them try harder and embrace
The entire staff at MSTDA from Executive Director Kristi Towey to all the support staff are passionate about theater and truly warm, dedicated, trustworthy leaders gifted at working with kids. Jonathan Fadner has created similar camp programs several times in the past at other venue including Queens Theater, where he led a similar camp program this summer.
There is still time to register for the last week of Broadway Bootcamp running
August 12 - August 16, 9am – 4pm. Extended day option is offered. Sibling discounts and scholarships are available.
Register at www.mstda.org