Yes. Camp Broadway programs are regularly attended by both returning participants and newcomers. While we have many returning campers, there is no pre-requisite for attending a camp program with us for the first time.
I’ve never been to a Camp Broadway program before– is that OK?
How much training does my child need to enroll in Shining Stars?
No prior acting, singing or dancing experience is required to participate in the Shining Stars program. Due to the ensemble nature of the program both beginners and experienced campers will be nurtured and challenged.
What are the qualifications of the Camp Broadway teaching staff?
Camp Broadway staff members go 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 Line Producers, all have credentials in professional theatre. All staff submit to a background check and are CPR/First Aid certified.
What are the hours of Shining Stars?
Shining Stars is a 5-day program which occurs from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Where do Camp Broadway programs take place?
Camp Broadway programs are always held in authentic Broadway rehearsal studios that are also used by professional productions. Please note the Camp Broadway administrative offices are not housed in any of these locations. Locations frequently used by Camp Broadway include:
- Pearl Studios: 500/519 8th Avenue
- Open Jar Studios: 48th Street and Broadway
- Chelsea Studios: 151 West 26th Street
When does the program sell out?
In late April, Camp Broadway’s summer programs are typically sold out. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon full enrollment a waitlist will be available. Should a place become available, families on the waitlist will be invited to enroll in the order in which they joined the waitlist.
Where can I find detailed program information and updates?
Each Camp Broadway program has a dedicated page on our website featuring program details and other important information titled “The Callboard”. A link to this page will be provided to you in the confirmation email you receive once your child is enrolled. This will be included in all subsequent communications. Here we will update you on details specific to your family’s time with Camp Broadway. Details about travel deals and program locations, to lunch menus and costumes will be updated there for you.
A final detailed schedule will be posted 2 weeks prior to the program start date. Daily start and end times will not change.
What is the capacity of Shining Stars?
The maximum enrollment for Shining Stars is 50 participants. Participants work in two groups of 25 organized by age (generally 7 & 8 and 8 & 9). Children age 8 are placed according to their birthdate.
Can I request my child to be in a group with a friend or relative attending the same program?
Yes. In the registration form, there is an option to request your participant be grouped with another participant. Requests will be accommodated so long as the campers’ ages align with the general group guidelines.
Is daily, full attendance mandatory?
Yes. All of Camp Broadway’s programming is cumulative. Consistent attendance ensures the best experience for all participants.
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 Staff Member. Please indicate this upon registration in the enrollment form. There is an option to add additional authorized guardians.
All guardians must be at least 18 years of age. Any changes to authorized sign-in/sign-out form must be made on the online account created when you enroll your child. Changes to this will not be accepted over the phone.
Do you provide housing?
No. Camp Broadway is not a traditional sleep-away camp and does not provide housing for any of our programming. However, we do have partnerships with area hotels. Check your program’s Callboard for any special offers that may be available during your program.
Does Camp Broadway provide lunch?
Yes. Lunch, healthy snacks and plenty of water will be provided. All Camp Broadway programs are nut free. Additionally, any medical or dietary needs will be accommodated. You will have an opportunity to indicate this on the enrollment form.
What should my child wear at Camp Broadway?
Your child will be given 2 Camp Broadway t-shirts; each camper must wear a Camp Broadway t-shirt at the program. Additional shirts may be purchased in advance at any time through your online account. These will be available to you upon sign-in at the program. Additionally, campers should wear comfortable non-constricting black yoga or track pants. Black shorts (mid-thigh or longer) are also permitted. No jeans.
Does my child need a costume?
Yes. Participants will be asked to bring simple costume pieces to wear in the final performance. These are items you will likely have in your closet at home. You will receive an e-mail approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program with costume suggestions for your participant’s group.
Does my child need dance shoes?
No. If your child does not have dance shoes, it is not necessary to purchase them specially. Soft-soled sneakers or tennis shoes with laces are acceptable. No flip-flops, sandals, open toed or platform shoes are permitted.
If your child does have dance shoes, they may of course wear them.
Will parents be able to watch rehearsals?
No. Due to space and security constraints, parents are not permitted to watch rehearsals in-studio or camera rehearsals on the Red Carpet.
Can I receive a child care credit on my income tax?
In most cases, yes. Please consult your tax preparer to learn if this applies to you. You will need to supply Camp Broadway’s Federal Tax ID number when filing your taxes. Please contact the Camp Broadway office for this information.
What is your cancellation policy?
If a session is cancelled by Camp Broadway, the full fee will be refunded. Campers may withdraw from the program up to 1 month in advance and will be given a full refund, minus a $250 processing fee. Cancellations made later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the program will not be entitled to a refund. Any payments made (deposit or full payments) after this time will not be refunded.
I have a specific question. Who can I talk to?