Yes. Any child between the age of 12-17 can submit an audition video to be considered for a position in Camp Broadway’s Kids Ensemble for one or more special events; prior performance experience is not a requirement to audition. All completed video audition submissions will be reviewed by Camp Broadway’s management and/or creative team and evaluated based on the specific requirements for each performance event(s) being cast.
My child has not performed in Camp Broadway’s Kids Ensemble, can he/she participate?
What is the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble?
The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble is an assembled group of young singers and/or dancers who have been selected through an online audition process specifically for an appearance at a live entertainment event. Camp Broadway gives the performers the opportunity to appear in a professionally produced musical theatre number created for the occasion.
Where does The Camp Broadway’s Kids Ensemble perform?
Camp Broadway is often invited to participate in live events—mostly at iconic venues in New York City such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City and Madison Square Garden. In addition, we may also be featured in special performances presented outside of New York. We are currently casting four performances of the Seasons of Christmas at Radio City and the annual New York Pops Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. Other events may be announced.
What is the audition process?
Camp Broadway has posted an audition notice for our 2019-2020 season on Get Accept’d. It includes instructions on producing a 1-minute video that features 2 sections; a vocal excerpt and a dance/movement section set to the music of “Magic to Do” from the musical Pippin. All the materials needed to prepare for and produce the audition video are provided. Submit the final video audition as directed. Submissions using any other content will not be reviewed.
What are the criteria for being cast?
First and foremost, Camp Broadway endeavors to cast talented children who are excited to perform as part of a theatre ensemble. While prior experience is not a prerequisite, we look for good voice and movement, an ability to follow direction and stage presence. It’s important to note that because of the popularity of Kids Ensemble appearances, children who have attended a camp program in New York or at one of our partner venues in the prior eighteen (18) months will be given priority in each of three rounds of casting.
Do we have to submit a separate audition for every performance opportunity?
No. A completed video audition is valid for up to 2-years. This means that any audition video submitted in 2018 will expire in 2020. We understand the process of auditioning is time consuming and has costs associated with it. However, children at this age change in size and skill level. Camp Broadway’s team wants to ensure we have as much accurate information to consider as possible. Camp Broadway reserves the right to limit the number of special events that a child can participate in over a 3-year period.
When is the family notified if the child is cast?
Deadlines varies. Depending on the timing and number of events each year.
Audition Open: August 15, 2019
Round 1 Casting (Radio City and NY Pops): September 15, 2019
Round 2 Casting (Radio City and NY Pops): October 15, 2019
Round 3 Final Casting (Radio City): November 1, 2019
Round 3 Casting NY Pops: November 15, 2019
Round 4 Final Casting NY Pops: December 15, 2019
What does participation in The Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble include?
Program package varies depending on the type of event and its rehearsal needs. Each generally includes; approved music and/or scripts, training from Broadway professionals in voice and movement, costume and/or accessories, supervised transportation to the venue, water and healthy lunches and snacks. CLICK HERE for a current list of events and their program details.
What are the professional qualifications of the Kids Ensemble teaching staff?
Like all Camp Broadway programs, The Kids Ensemble is rehearsed by Broadway professionals selected for their expertise in training young artists. The staff goes through a rigorous interview and training process. Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors must have Broadway and/or national tour credits. Featured Players must have professional credits and Assistant Stage Managers are college age performers or recent graduates working towards a professional performing career. Our administrative staff, including on-site Company Managers, also have credentials working for professional theatre. Camp Broadway staff submit to an annual background check and are CPR/First Aid certified.
What is your cancellation policy?
Performance opportunities are non-refundable. If a session is cancelled by Camp Broadway, the full fee will be refunded. If a cast member withdraws from the program, they will not be entitled to a refund.
What role does the family play in the event?
Camp Broadway requires all ensemble members to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during non-rehearsal hours. Cast members are required to attend all rehearsals. There are no excused absences for any reason. Children should come to rehearsal rested and prepared as instructed. Cast members must be signed out of rehearsal by an authorized adult at a location we will designate. Camp Broadway does not provide off-hour supervision for minors outside the performance event.
Where can I find program information and updates?
Can the participants leave the premises on his or her own, or must a parent or guardian be present?
If the camper is 13 years of age or older, a parent or guardian may authorize a camper to leave the premises alone with our “self-sign-out” option. This means that a camper will be able to leave the premises unaccompanied by a parent, guardian or Camp Broadway representative. Self-sign-out authorization must be given in writing to Camp Broadway either upon registration or with our designated form on-site. Alternately, on the enrollment form there is an option to add additional authorized guardians to pick up a participant in the afternoon. All guardians must be at least 18 years of age. Any changes to the authorized sign-in/sign-out form must be made on-site, in person. Requests made via phone call will not be accepted.
Do you provide housing?
No. Camp Broadway is not a traditional sleep-away camp and does not provide housing for any of our programming.Camp Broadway does have alliances with several hotels who may provide a special offer on accommodations. If this is the case, information will be provided to registered families. Check the Callboard for any special offers that may be available during your program.