- Broadway Intensive
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 2023.
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One six-day session of BROADWAY INTENSIVE will be offered: July 10-15, 2023
Hours: 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.)
Location: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, with some instructional activities held at nearby locations within walking distance. Students may enter the building at 8:45 AM.
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.)
Each participant is also expected to prepare 1-2 musical theater songs for the week to use in coaching sessions.
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 six-day Broadway Intensive carries a registration fee of $495, 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, 2023.)
We want to make sure that camp is accessible to all. Please complete the online SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION if financial assistance is needed to allow your student to participate.
TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM: You will need your contact information, average monthly household income, and a Statement of Interest (preferably written by the student, and either UPLOADED as a PDF or Word document, OR, TYPED directly into the form).
IMPORTANT: Please submit a scholarship application BEFORE registering. A spot will be held for you.
Scholarship funding is awarded based on need and time of request and is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Submitting this form does not guarantee a scholarship.
Questions: Contact Lynnae Lathrop at LynnaeL@DMPA.org.
NOTE: If you attended camp last summer on a School-to-Stage scholarship after being nominated by your school, please contact Miss Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org.
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 LynnaeL@DMPA.org 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. (Exceptions will be made for COVID-19 illness/exposure or if the updated DMPA COVID-19 policy does not meet your family's needs.)
- Should camp be cancelled by DMPA, a full refund will be given.
Questions? Please contact our summer camp coordinator Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org 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 learning 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 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 work hard to try different ways 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. By the end of the week, studens 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. The 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.
For questions about camp content or structure, or if needing registration assistance, contact our camp manager Lynnae at LynnaeL@DMPA.org or leave a message at 515-246-2360.
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!
"After summer camp, she spent a lot of time developing plays with her friends. She was interested before, but now she thinks she's a director and an actress and ... just anything."
- Catherine, parent of second-grader Meg in Des Moines