No footlights? No problem.
One reason that people who love musical theater really love musical theater is that it can be a totally immersive experience. Musical Theater songs aren't just songs. They're part of a story, and knowing that story lends more depth to the songs. The story, in turn, is richly developed with staging, costumes, scenery, and dancing. Watching it is exciting - and actually being part of the production is thrilling, whether you're in the pit orchestra, working behind the scenes on the tech crew, or belting it out gloriously onstage.
Our Best of Broadway workshop isn't so much about staging a grand production. We don't even have a stage! It's about the songs themselves - learning them, singing them, playing them, and sharing them.
There are two things that make our workshop special. The first is that it is inclusive. Some people would love to perform musical theater, but haven't had enough experience to compete for roles in their school productions. Some simply enjoy the songs and would like to learn them. And some are musical theater veterans who are committed to getting all the experience they can. All of these needs can be accommodated here.
The second thing that makes our workshop special is that it is student-centered. This workshop can be what the kids want it to be. We'll find out what each person's musical interests are before the workshop begins, and adapt the workshop as much as possible to the desires of the group. This means that there will be a high degree of collaboration between the camp participants and the adult camp leaders. There will be opportunities for each person to contribute ideas, preferences, and goals while developing leadership ability and confidence.
There is room for all kinds of singers in this workshop, but aspiring pianists, guitarists, wind players, string players, and other instrumentalists can also contribute.
The week will end with a performance for family and friends. Depending on the wishes of the participants, this may take the form of a staged scene, solo performances, small ensembles, or even an original work. Hasn't the magic of Broadway always been to validate our biggest dreams?
This workshop is for ages 6 to 11. Like all of our summer camps, it meets at 1015 Edgewood Ave (within Inman Park Church) from 9:00 to 1:00 PM each weekday. It is led by Rose Shue, an experienced camp leader and a junior music education major at Furman University.