From Broadway and Boston Ballet, cruise ships and concert halls to the New York Mayors’ Inner Circle and Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Director/Choreographer Tony Parise has created memorable performances on major stages from coast to coast. Since 1998, Camp Broadway has been fortunate to have him use his unique skills to produce a wide array of memorable performances that showcase the talent of theater loving kids.
Tony and Camp Broadway are kicking off the New Year with a fun-filled weekend beginning Friday, January 2 that starts with a day-long rehearsal to prepare the Camp Broadway Kids’ for their featured performance in the half-time show at the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Tournament at the renown Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 3.
Following the big show at the big game, Tony will be back in the rehearsal studio on Sunday, January 4 to audition aspiring performers, ages 12-16, for Camp Broadway’s 8th annual performance with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall next spring.
“Performing at the Barclay’s and auditioning aspiring performers to be one of the Camp Broadway Kids’ for our appearance with the New York Pops are two different experiences that will help young performers build their confidence and hone their skills.” Like the ol’ joke says, ‘How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice,’ artist of every age should take advantage of every opportunity to practice—singing, dancing, acting and auditioning because the more they do it the more comfortable they become with the process. At Camp Broadway, the audition, the rehearsal, and the performance is designed to help every child be successful. It’s not about perfect pitch or great dance moves, I’m looking for individual personalities who can focus, do his/her best work and help the entire ensemble shine like a bright star.
It’s possible that by going through these two Camp Broadway programs, a child will learn something about themselves that will help them for the rest of their lives. That’s why Camp Broadway exists.”
Why does Camp Broadway hold an audition to cast the kids who will appear with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall?
Camp Broadway’s camp program was designed for theater loving kids who have a general interest in Broadway, but not necessarily any real experience. Since the NY Pops is a professional orchestra, featuring world-class performers in one of the most prestigious venues in New York, we feel that its important to both organizations that Camp Broadway present the best amateur performers we can find to their sold out audience of donors and patrons.
What happens at the audition?
Just like a professional audition, each child will have the opportunity to learn a dance combination that they will perform as a group for me. This session is followed by a group vocal coaching session with the music director who will teach them the lyrics and melody of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” which each child will then sing for their audition. Children do not need to prepare anything in advance. Camp Broadway’s goal is to provide a comfortable and accessible environment for all kids to have the same opportunity as they go through this traditional theatrical experience together.
Is actual performance experience required to audition?
No. Camp Broadway’s goal is to present children with a professional level audition opportunity that all young aspiring performers should experience. Just like the auditions I hold for Broadway and touring productions, I will be assembling an ensemble of performers made up of all different types, shapes sizes and ethnicities so that the final cast best represents kids today. Whether a child has none or many credits, he/she are welcome to attend the day-long event and have fun with other kids who are interested in the same kind of performance-focused activities.