VIRTUAL BROADWAY ACADEMY
PUSH YOUR PERFORMANCE SKILLS TO NEW HEIGHTS!
Dreaming of being in a show or already performing in musicals? The Virtual Broadway Academy is designed for middle school students in grades 6-8 who thrill at the thought of performing in a musical. These five days of personalized online instruction bring experienced guest Broadway performers and university faculty members to lead sessions in the triple threat areas of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing.
Private coaching sessions, small group workshops, and Q&As with special Broadway guests 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 his or her 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 required.
For students entering grades 6-8, fall 2020.
Through the Virtual Broadway Academy, each student will participate in at minimum:
- Daily group dance class
- 4 small group acting sessions
- 2 25-minute private voice lessons
- 2 25-minute Acting a Song coaching sessions
- 4 Q&As with special Broadway industry guests
- Culminating online sharing event
HOW THE ACADEMY WILL BE STRUCTURED ONLINE
Camp activities will take place between 9:30 and 4:45 PM each day, with each student having a slightly different schedule based on times assigned for private coaching, lessons and small group work. Plenty of time will be built in for breaks to step away from Zoom, to either practice on your own, prepare for your next session or to recharge.
You can count on all students being called for camp activities from 11 AM – 1:15 PM each day, with a break for lunch or social time. Private lessons and small group work will be scheduled to occur between 9:30-11 AM and 1:15-4:45 PM. Prior to the start of the week, you’ll fill out a scheduling poll to help us assign you to your personalized sessions.
Monday’s schedule will include some additional orientation sessions, as students prepare for their first private coaching sessions on Tuesday.
The week-end online sharing for family and friends will begin at 5:30 PM on Friday, July 24.
The Virtual Broadway Academy will be held Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24.
The week is designed for young performers with a strong interest in musical theater. No audition is necessary, although previous experience in music, dance or acting is recommended; a willingness to jump in and try in all areas required.
Each participant is also expected to prepare 1-2 musical theater songs for the week to use in coaching sessions. We are working with an accompanist to record an mp4 accompaniment track for one of your songs in advance of the week. This mp4 accompaniment track will be yours to keep for future auditions or performances with your selected song. Any additional items you may need will be communicated before camp starts.
We will be using Zoom. To successfully participate, you will need a laptop, tablet, smart phone or computer with a webcam (internal or external), reliable internet connection and an additional device from which to play your song's accompaniment track. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate due to a lack of access to technology. Any additional items you may need will be communicated before camp starts.
The Virtual Broadway Academy carries a registration fee of $285.
Please check out details on our SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM if financial assistance is needed to allow you to participate.
Scholarship applications should be submitted BEFORE registering.
Due to the configuration of this camp, many activities rely upon working with others and depend on full attendance throughout the week. Missed sessions may necessitate that a participant’s role be modified or reduced.
In the event that you are no longer able to participate, please submit notice of your cancellation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written notice of cancellation must be received two weeks prior to the first date of your camp or class in order for a refund to be issued. Refunded tuition will be minus a 6% processing fee to cover expenses associated with your original booking.
If a cancellation is submitted less than two weeks prior to the camp or class start date, a refund will only be issued if we are able to move a waitlisted student into the vacated spot.
Low enrollment: Des Moines Performing Arts reserves the right to cancel classes and camps due to insufficient enrollment without incurring obligation. If a class or camp is canceled by Des Moines Performing Arts, you are entitled to a full tuition refund.
If your preferred session is full, please add your name to our wait list by clicking HERE and indicate your participant's age and which session(s) you are interested in attending. We will contact you if a space becomes available or if additional sessions are added.
REGISTRATION OPENS TO THE PUBLIC:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 9 AM
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