Broadway Academy

July 8 - 13, 2024 Des Moines Civic Center

Event Details

Broadway Academy is for students entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2024.




Dreaming of being in a show or already performing in musicals? The BROADWAY ACADEMY is designed for middle school students in grades 6-8 who thrill at the thought of performing in a musical. These SIX days of camp bring experienced guest Broadway performers to lead sessions in the triple threat areas of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing.
Daily workshops and rehearsals will help you dig into the world of Broadway and prepare you for your next chapter as a young performer. Faculty will begin with each participant at their ability level and lead them through activities designed to appropriately stretch their skills.
  • No audition is necessary, although previous experience in music, dance, or acting is recommended.
  • A willingness to jump in and try in all areas is required. 
For students entering grades 6-8, fall of 2024. 



One SIX-day session of BROADWAY ACADEMY will be offered: July 8-13, 2024.

  • Camp begins at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM (Monday-Friday) and from 9 AM until approximately 4:30 PM on Saturday.
  • Students may be dropped off in the morning between 8:45-9 AM. 
  • Students will be dismissed from the building between 4 PM and 4:10 PM (M-F).
Final showcase: SATURDAY at 3:00 PM.  (Details for attending/viewing the showcase will be provided later.)
Location: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines.
Pre-prepared Music:
Each participant is expected to prepare a musical theater song for the week to use in coaching sessions.
Click this link for more information Musical Theater Song Information.
Attendance Policy: 
Due to the intense rehearsal schedule, participation in the showcase performance is dependent on full attendance throughout the week. Missed rehearsals may necessitate that a participant give up part or all of their role(s) for the success of the overall performance.
The week is designed for aspiring performers who are highly interested in musical theater.
Auditions are not required to participate; however, previous training or experience is necessary. (We recommend that participants have experience in at least two of the following areas: singing, dance, and acting.)
Fee for the six-day BROADWAY ACADEMY is $460, which includes a daily snack.
Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.
Pay in full at time of registration or in four equal installments. (Payment plans only available for registrations received prior to March 10, 2024.)
We want to make sure that camp is accessible to all.
IMPORTANT: Please submit a scholarship application BEFORE registration opens to the public. 
  • A spot will be held for you until the scholarship committee can review applications. 
  • If you register AFTER public registration opens, your application will be reviewed if a spot becomes available.
Please complete the online SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION if financial assistance is needed to allow your student to participate. 
The following information is needed to complete the application form: 
  • Your contact information
  • Your average monthly household income
  • A Statement of Interest (preferably written by the student, and then UPLOADED as a PDF or Word document, OR, TYPED directly into the form). 
Scholarship funding is based on need and time of request and is awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Submitting this form does not guarantee a scholarship or a spot in any camp.
Questions: Contact Lynnae Lathrop at
NOTE: If you attended camp last summer on a School-to-Stage scholarship after being nominated by your school, please contact Miss Lynnae at
Your participation is very important to the overall success of your selected camp, but we understand that summer plans sometimes change.
In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit notice of your camp cancellation to or call 515-246-2360 to leave a message.
  • All refunds are subject to a $40 cancellation fee.
  • Written notice of cancellation must be received four weeks prior to the first date of the camp in order for a refund (minus the cancellation fee) to be issued.
  • If a cancellation is submitted less than four weeks prior to the camp start date, a refund minus the cancellation fee will only be issued if we are able to secure a new registration to fill the vacated spot.
  • Should camp be cancelled by DMPA, a full refund will be given.
Questions? Please contact our summer camp coordinator Lynnae at or leave a message at 515-246-2360.
Before and After Camp Care sessions are offered for an additional $6.00 fee per session, which may be added during the registration payment process.
Already registered and need to add before and after camp care? Contact
  • Before Care begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 8:45 AM when the rest of the camp students begin to arrive.  Parent may drop off any time in between.
  • After Care begins as soon as camp dismisses and ends promptly at 5:30 PM. Parents may pick up any time before 5:30 PM.
  • The fee is $6 for each session, so $12 for a day of both Before and After Care. 
  • Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. We do not assign staff if no students are signed up.
  • Both Before and After Care attempt to meet the needs of the students who are there that day. Sometimes we play games or color, sometimes we review music or choreography, sometimes we just relax and chat.
More detailed information about THE BROADWAY ACADEMY will be emailed 3-4 weeks prior to the opening day of camp.
The BROADWAY ACADEMY is a different camp model than our Musical Theater Camp. It is an age-adjusted version of the Broadway Intensive.
Every day for six days the schedule is full of rehearsals and coaching sessions, culminating in a showcase of what was learned and rehearsed to be performed on the Civic Center stage. 
This is not a “kid’s camp” with art and games; it is a camp that teaches and helps students grow and develop confidence as performers through workshops and coaching.
The biggest factor for a successful BROADWAY ADADEMY experience is the willingness to give everything a try. 
What do students do at camp?
  • Students will be asked to bring a prepared short solo for camp. Click this link for more information: Musical Theater Song Information.
  • The instructors coach students on everything from tips on how to talk to the accompanist and how to stand to how to tell the story of their song. Some confidently approach the solo coaching with songs they have auditioned with before; others have just learned their songs for camp.
  • Students are placed in a dance class geared toward their level of experience based on an opening day exercise/audition. Each level learns choreography from a show that students their age have performed on Broadway. 
  • The schedule also includes acting workshops and breaks along the way. 
  • The week ends with a showcase on Saturday where students are featured in either an acting scene, a dance demonstration, or a musical number, and all participate in a fully-choreographed number from a Broadway show.
The DMPA staff answers questions and gets students where they need to be, offering tips and suggestions along the way.
Fellow campers offer support, cheering each other on and celebrating each new step.
It is an emotional, wonderful week, where students learn about the realities of musical theater and bond in ways that can be experienced more than described. 
Many students return year after year just to see their Broadway camp friends.
The Broadway Academy is an exciting, challenging experience where students can live out some of their performance dreams, and all will learn something about themselves as performers and as people. 
If your preferred session is full, please add your name to our wait list by clicking HERE and indicate your student's age and which session(s) you are interested in attending.
We will contact you if a space becomes available.


TIP 1: Use this list of registration questions to prepare the needed information for registration day. Camps fill quickly, and you will want all the required information ready to go.
TIP 2: Register and complete your camp purchase first.  Then add before/after care either at the end of the purchase process or add it later by contacting


For questions about camp content or structure, or if needing registration assistance, contact our camp manager Lynnae at or leave a message at 515-246-2360.

Event Details

Broadway Academy is for students entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2024.
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