I feel like it’s been forever since I had time to sit down and write. Our lives have been crazy. I knew June was going to be a beast but I had no idea how much chaos would go down once it arrived. So let’s recap our theatre camp experiences thus far:
Marshall’s third year of Camp Broadway was his best one yet. After meeting the Founder of Camp Broadway back in January at Broadway Con an instant relationship was formed. We have been able to travel back to NYC for his performance at Carnegie Hall and he vlogged his way through Camp Broadway as the Camp Broadway Insider.
This year the camp was segmented a little more with the campers and according to Marsh this was one of the best ideas they have had! We highly recommend Camp Broadway if you have a kiddo testing out the waters and trying to learn what Broadway is about.
Alliance Theatre Teen Ensemble
We just completed our first year with the Alliance teen ensemble and when I say it was a whirlwind, I mean just that. As a parent, I was not aware that such a program existed. I’m pretty sure I was tagged on facebook about this program. The teen ensemble was able to view every single show the Alliance Theatre performed in this past season. They did community service projects where they helped out at the Woodruff Arts Family Free Days and attended workshops that gave them access to some amazing Giants within the Atlanta theatre scene.
My son, however, was lucky enough to travel to St Louis and represent Atlanta! The number of workshops he attended that focused on people of color within this industry was amazing, Understanding that artists need safe spaces to create is a critical component of being a well-rounded creator. It moves beyond the stage and into the hearts and minds of all involved in the creative process. We are looking forward to year number two!
This past week was our first experience with Broadway Dreams. Okay here is where I learned some differences in camps and intensives. This is super important and as a parent something you need to know when selecting programs for your child. The intensive was a few hundred dollars more than camp (but also offered more scholarships).
The intensives are just that, intense. While we drove 2 hours one way in Atlanta traffic the delight my son was getting made it all worth it. The Broadway Dreams Foundation is one of the most intense, yet loving programs I think we have experienced. An enormous amount of talent is auditioned into this opportunity to work with Broadway professionals. If you have a talented kid that is head over heels sure they are in love with this industry then this is the place you need to send them too…..SERIOUSLY.
Orbit Arts Academy
This week we will have our first experience with Orbit Arts Academy. Marshall shall be portraying Booker T Washington in a staged reading of Ragtime. This is special because someone from the original cast of the show will be directing it. From what I’ve learned the owners of Orbit make it a point to have someone who has been in a show on Broadway come and direct that show. This will offer a unique opportunity for the kids involved in Stay this production. I’ll be sure to fill you in on how it goes!
As of right now we only have a few performances:
June 29, 2018
Staged Reading of RAGTIME at Orbit
July 16, 2018
Until next time…..