Broadway Intensive

July 8 - 13, 2024 Des Moines Civic Center

Event Details

The Broadway Intensive is a camp for students entering 9th through 12th grades or teens entering their first year of college (fall 2024).



A six-day camp offering opportunities to expand your musical theater skills and imagine the life of a Broadway performer!

Every year, an amazing set of Guest Broadway performers travels to Des Moines to lead teens in a week-long series of master classes on the “triple threat” skills of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing. Participants sharpen their performance skills, gain knowledge about the auditioning and casting process, and learn about the Broadway industry from working professionals. The week culminates in a showcase for family and friends. Auditions are not required, although previous theater training or experience is necessary.

For teens entering grades 9 through first year of college, fall 2024.


One six-day session of BROADWAY INTENSIVE will be offered:  July 8-13, 2024
Camp begins at 9 AM and ends promptly at 5 PM (M-F) and from 9 AM until approximately 4:30 PM on Saturday. Students may be dropped off in the morning between 8:45-9 AM.
Final showcase: 
Saturday at 3 PM. (Details for attending/viewing the showcase will be provided later.)
Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines.

Music Required

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.)


The six-day Broadway Intensive carries a registration fee of $505, 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.
More detailed information about the BROADWAY INTENSIVE will be emailed to camp participants 3–4 weeks prior to the opening day of camp.
THE BROADWAY INTENSIVE was created for high school students who seriously are considering future studies in music, dance, and/or theater or who are seeking to improve as musical theater performers. 
  • In this camp, students will learn actual Broadway numbers, including the choreography, from Broadway professionals. 
  • These same instructors coach students in all areas of performance, with heavy emphasis on performing a song.
  • Students prepare two solo numbers to use in song coaching.
  • On the first day of camp, often students will be asked to sing one of their solos for the group. Students typically are grouped with their grade levels (9th-10th and 11th-12th).
  • Students are observed and placed in a dance technique class with others of their age and their demonstrated level of dance. 
  • Students also work in small groups on their acting skills. 
  • Each day, students are asked to push themselves to learn and perform at higher levels through teaching and critiques.
  • Instructors strive to use different methods to push students appropriately, always looking for when a student is ready for the next step.
  • The six-day schedule is filled with rehearsals and coaching sessions that meet each student where they are. Instructors will then work to move students to a new level of performance.
  • By the end of the week, students will share with family and friends what was learned and rehearsed during the week in a culminating showcase 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.
That is the key to the BROADWAY INTENSIVE: understanding that each student is learning at their own level and that all will be featured in some role in the showcase.
The showcase is a chance to demonstrate what was developed during camp. This end-of-week performance is a secondary focus to the work done in class, the new skills developed, the risks taken, and the reflection on each individual's growth as a performer and person in the arts. 
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.

Related Volunteer Opportunity

Know of a student in grades 9-12 who might be interested in volunteering to assist with our Musical Theater Camps this summer?
Check out our SWING/CAMP COUNSELOR volunteer opportunity HERE!

Registration Day Tip

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.


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

Event Details

The Broadway Intensive is a camp for students entering 9th through 12th grades or teens entering their first year of college (fall 2024).
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